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HEALING GARDENS IN SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES

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Healing Gardens are an important design component in best-in-class senior living communities, and this isn't surprising considering their ability to provide social, psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual benefits to senior residents and staff. People of all ages and cultures find nature restorative, and Roger Ulrich, a leading researcher in healing gardens explains why: more

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LET THE MUSIC PLAY: ART PROGRAMS IN SENIOR LIVING DESIGN

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When designing senior living programming it's important to not overlook the importance of including an arts program. National studies show seniors involved in the arts improve physically and mentally. Music therapy, in particular, offers an essential component in dementia and Alzheimer's treatment plans due to its ability to transport individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia to a different time and place, and help them remember things, events and people buried deep in their memory. The program can use multipurpose space, a specific room or take place during sessions in individual rooms. The technology can be throughout the building, limited to a specific room or as simple as a small, personal music player. While implementation within a community is flexible, the benefits of such programs are clear cut. more

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Don’t Forget the Sun as Key Design Feature for Senior Living.

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When I began studying gerontology (the social, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of aging) and researching senior living design, I toured dozens of existing senior living communities across the United States. Whether the property was upscale or inexpensive, I noticed the lack of natural light and outdoor experience spaces across the board. The design was counter-intuitive to the research and the need for designs that provided more than shelter, food and medical services was apparent. more

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The old stomping grounds: Senior living trend takes us back to campus.

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As (my) Baby Boomer generation inches closer and closer to both retirement and our "golden years" of a senior lifestyle, more and more of this generation are seeking an intellectually stimulating lifestyle where we can engage in multigenerational experiences and events sponsored by our alma mater such as university courses, lectures, art exhibits, music performances as well as football and basketball games. Active seniors often choose to reside in a university-based retirement community that provides the vitality and energy associated with campus life. Who can blame them? more