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Access to Nature DVDs – Spring Sale!

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Access to Nature DVDs

If you have not seen the terrific award-winning DVD series “Access to Nature for Older Adults,” this is your chance. To coincide with the Environments for Aging conference, this DVD series is being offered during the month of April at a significant discount (50% off!) for TLN members. We’ll be sending out an email on Tuesday, 4/5 to our members with a keycode to buy the discounted DVDs.

To join the TLN, just sign up for our mailing list. It’s free and you’ll get occasional newsletters, as well as discounts like these. On the right-hand side of this blog page, see “Get TLN Blog posts emailed to you!” Enter your email and click “Subscribe.” That’s it! But do it soon, the email with the keycode goes out on Tuesday, April 5th.

About the Access to Nature for Older Adults DVDs
The series was developed by Susan Rodiek and colleagues at the Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University.

This fast-paced and lively set of three half-hour videos includes dramatic images, professional narration, and a rich variety of site photos, 3-D animations, diagrams, sketches, and interviews with senior residents and world-renowned experts on this multidisciplinary topic.

Whether you are a care provider, policy-maker, educator, designer, or consumer advocate, you will learn more about how outdoor access can improve senior health in residential settings, and how to apply these concepts in real-world conditions.

DVD 1: The Value of Nature for Older Adults
​Access to nature and the outdoors affects quality of life for older adults – view information on research, health benefits, and interviews with leading experts.

DVD 2: Improving Outdoor Access for Older Adults
Photos, sketches, and 3D models to show how building layouts can impact outdoor use and provides cost- effective solutions for improving outdoor access.

DVD 3: Safe & Usable Outdoor Spaces for Older Adults
The improvement of outdoor features, such as seating, shade, and walkways, are reported by residents to impact their outdoor usage


Environments for Aging is just around the corner!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
TX wildflowers. By Naomi Sachs

Texas bluebonnets and Indian blanket flower. Photo by Naomi Sachs

The fantastic Environments for Aging conference is just around the corner…chronologically (April 9-12) and for me, geographically–it’s in Austin, TX! What a beautiful, fun, vibrant city for a conference. Not sure if the bluebonnets will still be blooming, but I’m sure other wildflowers will be. In fact, if you can take an extra day and go see the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, you will thank me.

I’ll be presenting with Susan Rodiek and Eric Bardenhagen on Sun, Apr 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM on “Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Outdoor Spaces to Optimize Usage” – see description below. And here are some other sessions I’m looking forward to attending. Hope to see you there!

Sun, Apr 10, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Gardens that Care: The Importance of Dementia-Enabling Outdoor Environments
Tara Graham-Cochrane, Director, DesignWELL Landscape Architects
Gardens designed specifically to support people with Alzheimer’s disease can minimize disorientation, provide essential prompts, and enable a person with dementia to engage meaningfully in daily life. Dementia-enabling outdoor environments are based on a set of best practice design principles developed by the presenter in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia and published in the book Gardens That Care: Planning Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia. Each principle aims to enable people with dementia to engage with the outdoors and connect with nature. Learn about these principles (orientation, accessibility, socialization, meaningful activity, reminiscence, sensory stimulation, safety, and sustainability) and best practices for their implementation.

Sun, Apr 10, 2016 – 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Longevity Park
Grant Donald, Landscape Architect, Silk Tree International
Active aging is the maximization of opportunities for health and well-being, involvement, and comfort and freedom in order to enhance the quality of life as people age. Providing outdoor spaces that support active aging and the physical and mental needs of the elderly is the key to the ongoing health and well-being of an aging population. Longevity Park in Beijing is a new prototype for a park that focuses on the requirements for active aging. The park features are specifically designed to cater to physical and mental abilities and disabilities prevalent in an older population.

Sun, Apr 10, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Outdoor Spaces to Optimize Usage
Eric Bardenhagen, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Susan Rodiek, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Naomi Sachs, Director, Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas A&M University
It’s well known that access to nature can benefit the health and well-being of older adults, but there’s little evidence available on designing outdoor areas so seniors will actually spend more time outdoors. This session will emphasize the health benefits of active aging and present a new research-based tool that can be used to evaluate existing outdoor spaces and guide the planning and design of future senior communities. Case studies will show how the tool is being used to evaluate facilities in the U.S., Italy, and Japan and can be adapted to a wide range of settings for seniors.

Sun, Apr 10, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Active Living Design for Older Adults: Residential Environments
Sherry Ahrentzen and Elif Tural
As a risk factor for poor health, cognitive decline, and premature death, sedentary behavior is earning a reputation within public health as the “new smoking.” Behavioral and programmatic interventions aimed at reducing sedentary behavior have limited success. Alternatively, attention is focusing on how the designed environment can foster movement in regular daily routines—i.e., “active living design.” Based on a recently published systematic research review of real-life examples, this presentation identifies and illustrates evidence-based design factors that promote active living for older adults in residential environments, including ambient qualities, interior design elements, and building configurations.

Sun, Apr 10, 2016 – 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
The Community’s Response to Successful Aging: A Best-of-Industry Panel Discussion
Ryan Frederick, Gail Kohn, Coordinator, Sandra Harris
Successful aging requires a healthy, vibrant, and responsive living environment. But truly successful environments for aging require a community-wide effort that coordinates housing with transportation, provides consistent community support, and includes health services that allow seniors to remain active and healthy participants in society. This best-of-industry panel assembles industry leaders who are addressing these very needs. Hear what key urban areas are doing from a variety of perspectives and take away best practices to inform your own community’s response.

Mon, Apr 11, 2016 – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
A Review of the Winners from the 2015 EFA Design Showcase
Addie Abushousheh and Russ McLaughlin
This session will provide a forum for the EFA Design Showcase award winners to speak about their projects and the challenges they encountered during the design and construction process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the winning entries, learn about the competition submission process, and gain insight into key elements to include in their own submissions.

Mon, Apr 11, 2016 – 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
The Impact of Visual Art on Sense of Place and Wayfinding for People with Dementia
Landon Mackenzie, Alison Phinney, Michael Wilson
Living temporarily in an unfamiliar environment can be upsetting and disorienting for people with dementia. Presenters will report findings from research examining how visual art can create a sense of place and support wayfinding for people with this disease. Emily Carr University art students created paintings for a transitional care facility, and University of British Columbia nursing students examined how residents perceived and experienced the artwork. Findings show that residents were attuned to the presence of the art, which influenced how they located themselves. Presenters will discuss the implications for guidelines on content, design, and positioning of paintings in transitional care environments.

Mon, Apr 11, 2016 – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Buckner Villas: A SAGE Post-occupancy Evaluation
Addie Abushousheh, Amy Carpenter, Alec Sithong
This presentation will share results of a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of a household model, memory support residence, conducted by a multidisciplinary team. The evaluation will explore how the environment and operations work together to support quality of life along with areas that need improvement for better person-centered care. Two POE examiners spent 24 hours living in the household as residents, which provided them with a deeper look into care delivery and operations than a typical POE would show. Attendees will see images of the community alongside the results of the evaluation findings and will discuss why some environmental or operational decisions work and others miss the mark.

Tue, Apr 12, 2016 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Implementation of the Functional Program
Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates Inc
With the adoption of the 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of the Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, there is a requirement to provide a Functional Program. This session outlines the Functional Program process through the use of case studies. Attendees will explore how utilization of the Functional Programming process can assist design and provider teams to better understand how to respond to resident-desired outcomes, the organizational vision and mission, and the operational aspects for each activity occurring within and around a senior living setting—all of which can be better supported by the physical environment.

Tue, Apr 12, 2016 – 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Interprofessional Collaboration: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Senior Living Design
Lori Reynolds, Carolyn Sithong, Amy Wagenfeld, Debra Young
Occupational therapists have expertise in understanding human performance and the influence of health conditions on function. The profession’s ecological theories inform our practice approach to ensuring a good fit between the person and their environment to maximize independent function and well-being. With expertise and specialized knowledge, and a universal design approach to creating living environments, occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to consult with architects, planners, developers, and community agencies, along with local, state, and federal policymakers on planning and layout for built and natural environments. This session will discuss an interprofessional collaborative model for the design of senior living environments.

For more information and to register, visit the EFA website: See you in Austin!

Enter now! Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities awards

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Smilow Cancer Hospital healing garden

The stream at Yale-New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Hospital. Design by Towers Golde. Photo by Naomi Sachs

2013 was a momentous year for landscape architecture in healthcare design: It was the first year that Healthcare Design and Environments for Aging held the Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities Awards.

The projects were chosen by two different panels of jurors – one for Acute Care (Healthcare Design) and one for Senior Living (Environments for Aging and Long-Term Living). Acute Care and Senior Living project award winners were featured in the December digital issues of Healthcare Design and EFA magazines. Acute Care award winners were also featured in the May/June 2014 print edition and will be honored in November at HEALTHCARE DESIGN14 in San Diego, CA. Senior Living project winners were honored at the Environments for Aging conference in May.

And here’s more good news: They’re doing it again! Submission are due for both categories on July 14, 2014 so get busy with your applications.

This is a terrific opportunity for landscape architects and healthcare facilities with successful therapeutic landscapes to showcase their work, and for everyone else to see the best examples of how it should be done. (more…)

Tomorrow! Center for Health Design Webinar Series

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Center for Health Design webinar

ICONS and Innovators Webinar Series:

The Center for Health Design is offering three online learning opportunities this week through its ICONS and Innovators Master Webinar Series. The series offers an exclusive line up of the industry’s leading healthcare thought leaders, providing quality programming through the convenience of your desktop as well as fresh perspectives to inform work strategies.

The seminars offered tomorrow include:

A Culture of Inquiry Drives the 50-Year Odyssey of an Iconic Father-Daughter Team
James R. Diaz, FAIA, FACHA  and Lari Diaz, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC
9:00 am PDT/ 12:00 pm EDT
Among the icons of healthcare planning and design, the odyssey of Jim and  Lari Diaz of KMD Architects coincides with 50 years of “radical transformation.” Their careers have been nurtured by a culture of inquiry that fostered innovation and creative approaches to meet ever-evolving industry needs resulting from social changes, cultural revolutions and advances in medicine and technology. In this session, Jim and Lari look back over the past 50 years and describe the chemistry between them and their accomplishments.

The Effects Of Positive Distractions In Pediatric Environments
Anjali Joseph, Ph.D, EDAC
11:00 am PDT/ 2:00 pm EDT
Positive distractions have been found to reduce stress and improve healthcare outcomes. However, research on this topic is generally lacking in certain pediatric settings. This webinar will detail recent studies that examined the effects of positive distraction interventions on pediatric patients and their families but used different methods in different settings.  The research findings from two studies will be shared and discussed.

2014 Guidelines for Residential Care Facilities
1:00 pm PDT/ 4:00 pm EDT
For the 2014 cycle of the Facilities Guidelines Institute’s health care design guidelines, a brand new volume is being developed for residential and senior living facilities; entitled the Guidelines for Residential Care Facilities: Design & Construction of Health, Care, and Support Facilities. This guideline includes nursing homes, hospice, assisted living, independent living, adult day care, and wellness/diagnostic facilities. The vetted approach to the guidelines is to provide design information, as well as parameters for Authorities Having Jurisdiction to evaluate and incorporate culture change and resident-centered approaches to the residential-based care.

When you register for one or more webinar(s), you will receive an email confirmation with a link to submit your payment.  Upon completing this step, you will be sent an access code for the webinar.  Tuition per webinar is $90 for individualsand $180 for organizations. To register, visit the Center for Health Design’s webinar page.

The next series of three will be on June 13, with more to follow after that.


Environments for Aging Conference 2013

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012


Annual Environments for Aging Conference meets in New Orleans

APRIL 6 – 9, 2013 | The Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The annual Environments for Aging Conference meets in New Orleans, April 6-9, 2013. The three-day event offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating attractive and functional living environments that meet the needs of our aging population. Register now in order to receive early bird discounts.

Professionals attending — architects, design professionals, government officials and aging experts – will come together to share common goals in the areas of building, architecture and design. The conference offers networking opportunities with peers and myriad workshops in the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term and residential care settings.