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Design for Aging: Psychological Health Among Older Adults

March 2015
Executive Summary
The Center For Health Design

Defining Psychological Needs

Psychological needs are those specific to the human mind and its function. Several psychological concepts and potential design implications are highlighted in the table below. Opportunities to personalize one’s space, privacy, successful wayfinding, and the restorative aspects of nature all contribute to psychological health among older adults.


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