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Workshop | Design for Healthy Aging: Innovative and Evidence-based Practices Across the Continuum of Care

When: January 25, 2024
Time: 8:00am Pacific
What: Agenda
Price: FREE

Virtual Workshop Hours: 

January 25, 2024:

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacfic 
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern

3.5 CEUs


Backstage Pass Hours:

12:05 PM - 12:35 PM Pacific
3:05 PM - 3:35 PM Eastern


As individuals age, physical, mental, and societal challenges become more prevalent. This intensive one-day virtual workshop explores those challenges and discusses programming and design interventions that can assist people (and care givers). Expert faculty will present case studies and examples that integrate architecture, design and technology into living environments that are not only safe, but foster wellness and longevity. 

Faculty thought leaders and attendees will together explore gaps in the current system and consider the latest in design thinking for healthy aging in various settings across the continuum of care. Identify state-of-the-art best practices and possible new solutions that enhance access to nature, engagement with technology, resilience, and meaning and purpose. Through presentations, case studies and panel discussions, attendees will gain new insights, have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty, and interact with fellow attendees. 



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Presenting Faculty

Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
Research Associate
The Center for Health Design




Opening Keynote

Opening the workshop with a presentation that outlines the state-of-the-practice in design for aging.
Dr. Allen Power
Internist, Geriatrician, and Schlegel Chair, Aging and Dementia Innovation, Schlegel — University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging




Presentation — LGBTQ+/SGL – Affirming Settings for Older Adults: Safety and Celebration!  

Presenting faculty explore approaches and innovative housing developments that are not only safe — physically, mentally and emotionally, but that also honor and celebrate the unique life experiences, histories and cultures of older queer people.
Sydney Kopp-Richardson
SAGE’s National LGBTQ+ Elder Housing Initiative




Karmen Cheung
Senior Developer,
Pennrose, LLC





Presentation — Inclusive Design: The Profession, Process, Product and People

Inclusive healthcare environments serve everyone by design. We must understand the issues of an inclusive design approach to reach and exceed goals for meeting the needs of vulnerable and marginalized stakeholder groups.

Nsenga Bansfield-Maathey, AIA
Healthcare Designer,




Christine Vandover IIDA, LEED AP
Principal / Sr. Project Interior Designer,





Presentation — The High Value of Low Income Housing

Uncover the evidence-based design strategies that have transformed challenges into triumphs. This session highlights the journey of successful housing solutions, emphasizing the resilience and dignity of our aging community members. 

Shirah Kasongo Cahill, RLA
Associate | Landscape Architect Manager,




Amanda Loomis, CID, WELL AP
Associate | Certified Interior Designer,





Presentation —  Up, Not Out – The Benefits of Vertical Building Expansion   

Explore how vertical building solutions in senior living can offer greater personalization opportunities, create strong connections to nature, provide residents with meaningful connections to the community, and align with sustainability goals.

Dustin Julius
Associate Partner
RLPS Architects




Brent Stebbins
Architectural Designer
RLPS Architects





Panel Discussion with Presenting Faculty

Join this panel for a discussion about best practices and challenges in various services and settings across the aging continuum of care. Pose questions to the panelists and hear their responses and insights.


Adjourn Day


Backstage Pass

Join us for a post-workshop social event with workshop faculty.