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Aging Virtual Workshop 2021

April 2021

The Workshop 

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 caregivers). 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 and attendees will explore gaps in the current system (certainly exposed and exacerbated by the current pandemic), 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, meaning, and purpose. Through thought leader presentations, case studies and panel discussions, attendees will gain new insights, have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty, and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways.



Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions 

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

Opening—State of the Practice & Trends in Environments for Aging

Dr. Roger Landry, Preventative Medicine Physician, President, Masterpiece Living, Author, Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging

Panel #1: Owner’s Panel

Join this panel for a discussion about best practices and challenges in various services and settings across the aging continuum of care including aging in place, acute care, rehabilitation and community services. The panel will highlight key issues to be addressed including isolation, distribution of services, accessibility, financial challenges, and technology.

Steve Lindsey, CEO, Garden Spot Communities
Angela Perry, LNHA, Administrator, Vernon Manor Health Care Center
Al Castro, MS, CSW-Program Director, United Community Center


Audience Q&A with Panel #1

Pose questions of the panelists and hear their responses and insights.


Setting the Context

Arun S. Rao, MD, AGSF, FACP, Medical Director, Care Coordination, Penn Medicine Princeton Health

West Coast Coffee Break/ East Coast Lunch Break


Panel #2: Aging in Community

Explore best practices and challenges in various services and settings, including intergenerational, rural/urban, low-income, and university-affiliated considerations. Consider key issues to be addressed including accessibility, integration, isolation, services, financial issues, and technology.

Dodd Kattman, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, MKM architecture + design
Vickie W. Harris, Founder and CEO, CommunityConneXor
Michelle A. Pinkowski, Esq., Pinkowski Law & Policy Group
Madeline Franklin, JD, Executive Director, STL Village

Audience Q&A with Panel #2

Pose questions of the panelists and hear their responses and insights.

West Coast Lunch Break/ East Coast Afternoon Snack


Case Studies and Lessons Learned: #1, 2, & 3:

Hear about three case studies that illuminate major themes discussed during the workshop. Explore designs that worked, challenges faced, and potential next steps and directions.

Jill Schroeder, CID, Senior Certified Interior Designer & Senior Planner, Pope Architects  
Stephen J. Shields, CEO, Action Pact Holdings, LLC       
Debbie Wiegand, Director of Operations, The Green House Project

Audience Q&A

Pose questions of the panelists and hear their responses and insights.

It’s a Wrap

Wrap up the day with this panel that will identify overall themes, observations and next steps.


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