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EUA places great importance on speaking about the trends and changes within the senior living community to create a positive impact on the quality of life and end of life experience for residents.

Origins and Development of Environments for Older Adults: The Impact of the Built Environment on Older Adults
Presented at the 2017 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Health Care Administrator Student Immersion Experience
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Students from the Health Care Administrators program at the University of Wisconsin Eau Clair visited EUA as part of a winter break immersion experience. The students who are sophomores and juniors in the program were in Milwaukee visiting several older adult communities. EUA was asked to provide an experience to help increase the students’ exposure to the design of environments for older adults.


Environments for Aging's Remodel/Renovation Competition
Presented as a SAGE webinar on 3/23/17
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Environments for Aging's annual Remodel/Renovation Competition, with support from SAGE, sheds light on many little-seen projects that have noteworthy aspects for inspiring renovation projects, big or small. This presentation will highlight winners of the 2016 competition as well as other noteworthy submissions. Explore renovation ideas for a variety of settings, and identify renovations ideas with construction costs ranging from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of dollars, while learning about the competition submission process and key elements to include in your own submission for the 2017 Competition.


Insights for Configuration and the Business Case for Design Improvements - D03
Presented at the 2017 Environments for Aging Annual Conference
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What really happens in the spaces we design? This workshop will compare recent data and emerging themes (from creating social options, mobility, memory care, and effective staffing) to actual plan review. Participants will set and apply design criteria by using functional data on residents and staffing to evaluate traditional and recently emerging plans. Engage in small interest-focused groups to critique viability of specific design features in various markets. Take home insights, tools, and ideas for invigorating planning through provider input, and share ideas on what’s still missing. Make the business case for design as a viable participant in effective aging from residential living through health and memory care.


Households Version 2.0: A discussion on the Interaction of Operations and Architecture - E42
Presented at the 2017 Environments for Aging Annual Conference
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Building upon the success of a related 2016 EFA Expo presentation, this session provides an in-depth analysis of the link between environmental aspects and operational efficiencies in long-term care settings. Many communities struggle with existing care environments for older adults that are outdated and do not support contemporary operational models. Yet numerous designs (e.g., household/ neighborhood models) have been claimed as complete solutions for the issues faced by care providers. The success of innovative layouts are dependent on an integrative design process. This presentation offers participants an understanding of trends from an operational and physical environment perspective that are critical to ensure the ongoing vitality of your community.


The Changing Consumer - 1B
Presented on 5/2/16 at the LeadingAge Indiana Spring Conference
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The housing and healthcare solutions for a growing aging population are integrally linked. Implementing a holistic approach to developing a continuum of care and services is needed. This includes the re-evaluation and application of models developed in international communities and determining how these can be applied to models in the United States. Participants in this session will be presented with lessons learned from within senior housing, as well as care models from Australia, Europe and Asia. This session will also discuss growth of the aging population and how the changing demographic presents an opportunity for care providers to address their changing needs and desires.


Environments for Aging's Remodel/Renovation Competition: A Review of 2015
Presented on 4/10/16 at the Environments for Aging Conference
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Environments for Aging's annual Remodel/Renovation Competition sheds light on many little-seen projects that have noteworthy aspects for inspiring renovation projects, big or small. This presentation will highlight winners of the 2015 competition as well as other noteworthy submissions. Explore renovation ideas for a variety of settings, and identify renovations ideas with construction costs ranging from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of dollars, while learning about the competition submission process and key elements to include in your own submission for the 2016 Competition.


Households: A discussion of History, Process, Operations and Architecture - E09
Presented at the 2016 Environments for Aging Annual Conference + as a SAGE webinar on 11/8/16
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Many communities struggle with existing care environments for older adults that are outdated and do not support contemporary operational models of care. An understanding of the historical origins of care environments for older adults is necessary to help identify components needing change, the institutional elements. Over the past few years, numerous designs (Household/ Neighborhood Models) have been proclaimed as complete and comprehensive solutions for the issues faced by care providers. The success of innovative layouts in both renovated spaces and new construction are dependent on an integrative design process based on recognition of the unique culture and needs of each organization. Inflexible designs are less successful and may result in “buyer’s remorse” as well as unintended operational problems and expenses. An understanding of current and future trends from a marketing, operational, and physical environment perspective are critical to ensure the ongoing vitality of your community and your residents.

 


How the Spaces We Shape, Shape Us: The Impact of the Built Environment on Care
Presented on 4/9/15 at the Patient Experience Conference
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Many communities struggle with existing care environment spaces for older adults that are outdated and do not support contemporary operational models of care. An understanding of current and future trends from a marketing, operational, and physical environment perspective are critical to ensure the ongoing vitality of your community.


Aligning Your Physical Environment With Your Marketing Demands
Presented at the 2015 LeadingAge Oklahoma + Iowa Annual Conferences
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Providers of senior care are experiencing increased competition and outdated environments, both functionally and physically. Interpreting and utilizing market data can lead to a well-considered approach to repositioning facilities, higher revenue, increased staff satisfaction and a more resident-focused environment. This presentation provides a logical process resulting in success, regardless of campus size.


Using Big Data To Promote Older Adult-Friendly Communities and Aging in Place
Presented at the 2015 Aging in America Conference
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This presentation focuses on the existing and developing public health factors in the U.S. and internationally that impact the oldest members of our societies disproportionately. Communities struggle to find and implement long term realistic solutions. The emerging field of "Big Data" presents a possible scenario with an approach that leverages existing services and new initiatives geared toward improving the quality of life and longevity of older adults, while reducing overall care costs.


Aging and Public Health: A Catalyst for Change
Presented at UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health Spring 2014 Colloquium Series
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Presented in association with E JJ Olson & Associates at the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health Spring 2014 colloquium series "On Public Health" in Milwaukee.