In the year 2000, there were 35 million older people (ages 65 and over) in the United States. In 2030, that number will be to 70 million. That’s a lot of millions. How are we going to prepare for this “gray tsunami”? One answer is designing environments that better serve an aging population, one that includes baby boomers who want to remain independent and active as they grow older.
Environments for Aging is the foremost conference on design of the built environment, including residential and long-term care, for older people. It will take place March 20-22, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. Attendees can earn up to 15 CEUs, and save up to $440, by registering before January 7th. Who should attend: Architects; owners; developers; facilities managers; design professionals; product manufacturers; government officials; gerontologists & other aging experts.
Therapeutic Landscapes Network folks will be especially interested in the following:
- Tour of Wesley Woods Center, Emory University Hospital’s specialty geriatric component of Emory Healthcare. Located on a 64-acre woodland campus, Wesley Woods boasts walking trails, horticultural therapy and other ways to connect older adults with nature.
- Walking and Independence – Design and Planning for Seniors, with presenter Zhe Wang (see Monday education sessions and scroll down for description)
- Increasing Physical Activity through Access to Nature, with presenter Susan Rodiek (get the DVD series that this presentation will be based on! Read this TLN Blog post about it and use the special access code for a discount on the DVDs).
Read on for more information from the Environments for Aging website…
About the Conference
Environments for Aging offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating attractive and functional living environments that meet the needs of our aging population. During this comprehensive three-day learning experience, attendees will network with peers while learning the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term and residential care settings.
Attendees will share common goals and innovations as well as building, architecture and design best practices. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain inspiration through a gathering of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals with a vision for the future, and who will be instrumental in shaping it.
* What Do Baby Boomers Want?
* Designing Homes that Make Life Easier
* Creating Homes and Communities for a Lifetime
* The Ageless Home
* Strategies to Communicate with Customers and Drive Sales
* Aging in Place – Universal Design
Learning Lab Topics:
Learning Labs are designed to provide attendees with just-breaking information, case studies, and research findings on a myriad of topics. Your speakers will offer information-rich 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
Visit the Environments for Aging website (www.environmentsforaging.com) for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!