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Design for Healthy Aging: Research and Best Practices Across the Continuum of Care

January 2023

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 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.

Together, faculty thought leaders and attendees will explore gaps in the current system and consider the latest in design thinking for healthy aging in various settings across the continuum of care. Presenters will 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 in fun and innovative ways.




Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

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


Opening Keynote Presentation

Melody Karick, Director, Meadow View Memory Care Garden Spot Village


The Hundred Year Life is Here: Are We Ready

Tama Duffy Day, FACHE, FASID, FIIDA, LEED® BD+C, Senior Living Leader, Principal, Gensler


Lighting – Research and Design Strategies to Mitigate the Challenges of the Aging Eye and Cognition

Eunice Noell-Waggoner, IES, President of Center for Design for an Aging Society; Interior Architect, Lighting Designer, and Advocate for Better Lighting for Seniors

Naomi J. Miller, FIES, FIALD, LC, Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Lighting Designer and Researcher Passionate about Promoting Quality Lighting using science as evidence

2026 Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities: A Sneak Peek of Changes Afoot

John Shoesmith, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Shoemith Cox Architects

Gaius G. Nelson, Founding Principal, The Nelson-Tremain Partnership


Panel #1: Evidence-based Design for Person Centered Care

Margaret Calkins, M.Arch, PhD, EDAC, FGSA, Board Chair, IDEAS Institute

Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C; GGA-EB, GGF, Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.

Robert Wrublowsky, MAA, AAA, OAA, SAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, EDAC, Principal Architect, MMP Architects Inc.

Migette L. Kaup, PhD, FIDEC, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, EDAC, Professor/ID Program Coordinator, Dept. of IDFS / Gerontology, College of Health and Human Sciences, Kansas State University


Panel #2: Wrap-up Discussion 

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


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