Environments for Aging .11, offers strategies and ideas for creating attractive and functional living and healthcare environments that meet the needs of an aging population. Baby Boomers, becoming more averse to the aging process, are expecting healthcare experiences that don’t make them feel old. Their active lifestyles seek alternative healthcare measures such as state-of-the-art facilities that usher in imaginative, patient-centered care. Baby boomers seek healthcare facilities that are dedicated to fostering community independence, wellness, and choice. For example, the Laguna Honda Hospital integrates individual needs and preferences with the efficiencies afforded by a single, integrated organization. During the session, participants will identify concepts in hospital design that promote healing, independence and wellness and explore the benefits of intergenerational activities, animal therapy, gardening, and art that contribute to a patient’s reconnection to self and community. Laguna Honda, a beacon of patient-centered care, will provide benchmarks that can be applied to any facility.
In Atlanta, March 20-22, Environments for Aging .11 attendees will network with peers while learning the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term elder-care facilities and residential care settings. Attendees will share common goals and innovations as well as building, architecture and design best practices.
Learning Labs are designed to provide attendees with information, case studies, and research findings on a myriad of topics. The speakers will offer presentations with opportunities for Q & A. Topics include:
- Considerations for effective aging environments
- Innovations in design for positive outcomes
- Solutions that enhance the human experience
- Future-focused models leading change
- Trends toward independence and wellness
- Lessons learned from across the globe
- Understanding the research and regulatory mindset
Sessions of specific interest to healthcare facility planners and administrators include: Urban Planning Beyond the Hospital—A Collaboration With Our Community, Consumers and Business; Benchmarking Senior Care Facilities with ENERGY STAR’s New Energy Performance Scale; Independence, Wellness and Choice at Laguna Honda Hospital; Constructing a Road Map for Culture Change in Long Term Care—A National Stakeholder Perspective; Are We Keeping Up? —Bridging the Gap Between Research and Design for Environments for the Aging; Designing Long-Term Care Facilities—Lessons Learned from China; Criteria for Floorcovering in Senior Living Environments—An Evidenced-Based Design Approach; and Sustainable Systems Design—Reducing Your Impact on the Environment While Improving Your Bottom Line.
Facilities managers, architects, owners and developers will attend Environments for Aging .11 along with design professionals, product manufacturers, government officials, and gerontologists and other aging experts. For more information, www.environmentsforaging.com.