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Wayfinding in a nursing home for advanced dementia of the Alzheimer’s type

Author(s): Passini, R., Pigot, H., Rainville, C., Tétreault, M.-H.

The therapeutic design of environments for people with dementia: A review of the empirical research

Author(s): Day, K., Carreon, D., Stump, C.

Creating the Universally Designed City: Prospects for the New Century

Author(s): Weisman, L.K.

Homelike housing for elderly people - Materialized ideology

Author(s): Lundgren, E.

The Role of Culture in Designing Environments for People with Dementia A Study of Russian Jewish Immigrants

Author(s): Day, K., Cohen, U.

New Zealand children’s health camps: therapeutic landscapes meet the contract state

Author(s): Kearns, R. A., Collins, D. C. A.
New Zealand started to offer children health camps in 1919, responding to the government’s increased interest in the well-being of children.  Gesler recognized that the modern healthcare system failed to offer therapeutic landscapes where children could experience both physical and mental healing.  It is believed that if children engage more with nature—fresh air, clean water, and beautiful scenery—this can have great healing power. Gesler went on to discover the first children’s health camps, and what started as small, localized projects became a national network of permanent camps supported by the government. 
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An epidemiological study of falls on integrated general medical wards.

Author(s): Vassallo, M., Azeem, T., Pirwani, M. F., Sharma, J. C., Allen, S. C.
Inpatient falls are common and may result in serious physical and psychological morbidity. In hospitals, quality of care is important for healthcare workers, patients, and their relatives. Falls and accidents are therefore an important risk management issue.
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The Experience of a Community Hospital in Quantifying and Reducing Patient Falls.

Author(s): Alcée, D.
While patient falls always were reported to the Hospital Quality Management Committee and to the Nursing Quality Management Committee at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, most reports were made anecdotally. There was no critical review of the cause and effect of falls nor was there any "trending" on a month-to-month basis. Questions raised about specific falls that resulted in patient injuries led Nursing Administration to conduct a retrospective review of all patient falls.
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Physical activity, functional limitations, and disability in older adults.

Author(s): Miller, M. E., Rejeski, W. J., Reboussin, B. A., Ten Have, T. R., Ettinger, W. H.
Research suggests that physical activity slows the progression of disability in seniors and, thus, prolongs independent living. Geriatric care-givers often use the activities of daily living (ADL), such as feeding and grooming, and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), such as managing finances and housework, to determine if older adults have the skills necessary to live independently. 
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Promoting physical activity in rural communities: Walking trail access, use, and effects

Author(s): Brownson, R. C., Housemann, R. A., Brown, D. R., Jackson-Thompson, J, King, A. C., Malone, B. R., Sallis, J. F.
The health benefits of physical activity are well established. Physical activity contributes to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, as well as a variety of other chronic diseases including hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes (Type 2), osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. To promote physical activity, more environmental and policy strategies are needed. Examples of environmental and policy approaches to increase physical activity include walking and bicycle trails, liability legislation, zoning and land use, mall walking programs, building construction that encourages physical activity, policies and incentives promoting physical activity during the workday, and policies requiring comprehensive school physical health education programs.
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