HGA to Present At the Environments for Aging conference in Las Vegas



Monday, February, 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Presented by: Alanna Carter, LEED AP, HGA Healthcare Principal; and Terri Zborowsky, Ph.D., EDAC, HGA Design Researcher 

Neurocognitive disorders often affect the elder population, resulting in memory and cognition issues with behaviors that can include wandering, aggression, or apathy. This session will present the results of a research study done using a customized iPad application that tracked the behavior, walking patterns, and repetitive motions of an elderly population with dementia. This template will specifically focus on the interaction between elements of the designed environment and the person’s resulting behavior. Attendees will explore how the designed environment can mitigate neurocognitive disorder symptoms. Take away this tool that can be used in pre-design and post-design phases.

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Learning Objectives

Understand the use of behavioral observation during the pre-design stages to inform design decisions. Obtain information about the interaction of the elderly with dementia and elements of the designed environment. Learn about research tools that can be used to explore the behavior of user groups both pre-design and post-occupancy. Explore the success of private/public partnerships to enable and enhance practice-based research.

Putting Evidence-Based Design into Practice for Residential Healthcare and Support Facilities

Tuesday, February, 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Presented by: Terri Zborowsky, Ph.D., EDAC, HGA Design Researcher and Donna Deckard BSN, MPA, EDAC, Director of Strategic Projects at The Center for Health Design

This presentation provides designers and healthcare leaders with knowledge about how to apply an evidence-based design process when planning and designing residential healthcare and support facilities for the elderly. Participants will be introduced to a continuum of care for the elderly, along with the settings that support this holistic approach to care. Learn how to find and use research that can be applied directly to inform design decisions for person-centered elder care and how these strategies can be linked to the achievement of improved outcomes. Attendees will leave with resources and information about EBD and case studies that illuminate the concepts.

Learning Objectives

Learn about the evidence-based design process. Learn about person-centered care and settings that support a holistic approach to care. Obtain key design recommendations identified from research. Examine practical applications of the evidence-based design process.

See full conference details at http://www.environmentsforaging.com