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WEBINAR | Updating and Activating an Evidence-based Design Lexicon for Aging and Dementia: Notes from the Field

When: December 14, 2023
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Where: United States
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar



The design of the built environment can be leveraged to improve outcomes for older adults, especially those with dementia. 

In this webinar, presenters will share insights gleaned from a collaborative endeavor to identify outcome-driven evidence-based design strategies. This initiative expanded the reach beyond the confines of long-term care, engaged students in the review of evidence-based literature, and pilot tested memory-care design strategies in renovation and new construction conditions. 

Presenters will share the resulting open-access evidence-based design resources that are available to all care providers and designers and identify opportunities for their application. 



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Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the need for supportive environmental features and other considerations.
  • Explore an evidence-based approach for planning, designing, constructing, and evaluating the built environment.
  • Receive behind-the-scenes access to lessons learned while identifying, isolating, organizing, and applying aging- and dementia-supportive evidence-based design strategies.
  • Discover open-access resources for evaluating outcomes and recommendations for design application.


Presenting Faculty

Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Organizational & Environmental Gerontologist; Research Associate, The Center for Health Design

Dr. Abushousheh is an organizational and environmental gerontologist and Researcher Associate for The Center for Health Design. With combined expertise in architecture, organizational development, gerontology and applied research, her work revolves around advancing comprehensive and translational agendas related to quality assessment and performance improvement for aging and dementia in the continuum of care. In addition to publishing and presenting regularly, Addie is a tri-Chair for FGI’s Residential Design Guidelines, an Advisor to both Abacus Institute and The AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community, maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at Kent State University, and is a Board Member for IDEAS Institute.


Murad Taani, PhD, MPH, RN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Murad Taani, PhD, MPH, RN is Assistant Professor in The College of Nursing at UW-Milwaukee whose program of research focuses on improving older adults’ self-management, physical function, and quality of life. He has been involved in inter-professional teaching and research related to aging, gerontological nursing and health promotion within the continuum of care, including independent and dependent apartments, skilled care facilities, and nursing homes. As a seasoned academic researcher, Dr. Taani recruits and supervises students and works collaboratively with community-based partners to carry out applied research initiatives, complete and publish contributions to the field, and conduct quantitative and qualitative studies.


Jon White, LEED GA, WELL AP, Six Sigma Lean Professional, EDAC, AWCI-PM, Director of Real Estate Development, Construction and Sustainability, The Carolina Experience and Lucrum 7

Jon White is a design, development and sustainability construction executive with a diverse business, construction, occupational safety and health management background. He has overseen and managed the development, design and construction of portfolios of 125+ healthcare facilities, including assisted and independent living settings in multiple states. Jon has built and overseen an internal design and construction team consisting of architects, engineers, and interior designers. His current work relates to managing the development and construction of boutique hotel projects including ground up construction, office to residential conversions, and historic restorations for a Private REIT from site selection to occupancy.