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Saturday, April 6 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PC01 SAGE PLACE - Programming for Living & Achieving Culture Change Environments:  A SAGE Approach to Pre-architectural Programming CANCELLED
$299 for conference registrants; $399 for non-conference registrants (lunch included) 

  • SAGE Federation members receive a 10% discount on registration - www.SAGEFederation.org
  • Workshop attendees receive a discount on SAGE PLACE resource manual & workbook preorders


David Green, MS, Executive in Residence, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Business Success Center
Addie M. Abushousheh, PhD, EDAC, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, Association of Households International
Skip Gregory, NCARB, President, Health Facility Consulting
Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC, President, IDEAS Inc. & Board Chair, IDEAS Institute

The acute care approach to providing Long Term Care (LTC) is obsolete. Care providers are under increasing competitive and regulatory pressure to change the culture of LTC by remodeling, renovating or replacing institutions with person-centered care environments. Before an architect is challenged to design an environment that will successfully support person-centered care, a care community’s stakeholders must develop a common vision for their desired operational outcomes.

To this end, The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation supported SAGE Federation (the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments) to draw upon its internal knowledge community of architects, designers, regulators, researchers, and providers to develop SAGE PLACE (Programming for Living and Achieving Culture Change Environments).

The SAGE PLACE workshop utilizes adult-learning strategies to demonstrate the diversity of client expectations before providing an overview of person-centered care and culture change. 

Interactive work sessions are used to explore the planning and implementation of the three steps in the SAGE PLACE pre-architectural programming process:

  1. Foundational programming – organizational foundational statements (vision, mission, values, etc.)
  2. Experiential programming – multi-sensory assessment of desired environmental stimulus
  3. Functional programming – person-centric operational performance and goal-setting

Workshop trainers will also share tips for selecting the architect and engaging regulators. The workshop concludes with the trainers drawing upon the SAGE PLACE process to address attendee-based questions, design challenges, and community-specific scenarios.

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Saturday, April 6 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

W01  Person-Environment Fit: Designs for Optimal Aging CANCELLED

$249 for EFA.13 attendees, $349 for non-attendees.

This boot camp will address designs for optimal aging by looking at the range of changes that are typical in the aging adult. The objective is to understand the effects of these changes on a person’s function, psychosocial engagement and quality of life, and how to optimize these with environmental design.

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Sunday, April 7 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

W02  Senior Housing Development Boot Camp
James M. Warner, FAIA, JSAl Architects Interiors Planners
Robert E. Snyder, CEO Stonetrust Partners

So, you want to develop or re-position an assisted living facility, independent living facility, or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). Where do you start? Who constitutes the team? What will it cost? How long will it take? Baby boomer demographics, the financial marketplace, and re-positioning vs. new development are rewriting the rules—out with the old and in with the new reality. With aging buildings and market changes, opportunities for renewal abound in senior housing. Transforming the old into something with current and future market appeal is a daunting task that goes beyond understanding design alone. Right brain thinking is critical to success. How else could one negotiate the ocean of change that is facing the senior housing industry? This session will peel back the layers of the repositioning process, using real life examples, reviewing the basics of senior housing and the major components of the renewal process, including: 

  • Reviewing a market analysis and market survey and their components.
  • Engaging the non-profit board to get decisions.
  • Selecting the team.
  • Managing expectations of existing residents while speaking up for changes needed to ensure future financial and organizational success.
  • Working through town approvals.
  • Financing strategies.
  • Implementing marketing efforts.
  • Construction.

This session will provide a current example through a case study to illustrate how to move your current or potential client further through the process, the type of team you will need, and how to mitigate as much risk as possible. 

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W03  So You Are Not A Researcher—Understanding and Applying the Evidence
MaggieCalkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC, President, IDEAS
Anjali Joseph, EDAC, PhD, Director of Research, The Center for Health Design 

Evidence-based design (EBD) is the process of basing design decisions on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. There is increasing pressure for designers to understand the “evidence” and to keep abreast of all the latest research on designing for seniors. Clients expect you to bring this knowledge to the table, but many designers are unfamiliar with research methodology and the interpretation of results. This workshop will present 10 strategies to help the non-researcher understand the evidence and how much confidence should be placed in the results of a given research project. Participants will then hear the findings of an extensive literature review, started in 2006 and updated in 2012, that takes a broad, systematic view of the factors affecting resident and staff outcomes, including resident quality of life, resident safety, staff stress, and how organizational culture, policies, and emerging models of care interacted with the physical environment to impact outcomes. This interactive and hands-on workshop will leave you with the tools to evaluate the research and use the information wisely. 

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W04  Supportive Design for Aging 101

Meldrena Chapin, PhD, IDEC, EDRA, Architectural Gerontologist, Graduate Professor of Interior Design, Savannah College of Art and Design—Atlanta

This pre-conference workshop will present a broad overview of the physical, social, and psychological challenges that often occur with advanced age. Environmental solutions developed to meet these challenges will be explored through understanding the continuum of supportive environments for aging, ranging from independent living to nursing home and hospice care. Participants will learn theories which serve as the foundation for supportive design for aging, as well as particular environmental solutions that can be used as strategies to promote active engagement, physical support, and social interaction, and improve quality of life among seniors experiencing physical, sensory, and mental decline.

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W05  What Were We Thinking? Baby Boomers and Their Parents Speak Out!
Lorraine G. Hiatt, PhD, Environmental Gerontologist, Planning, Research and Design Consultation; a panel of baby boomer professionals
Maria B. Dwight, President and CEO, Gerontological Services, Inc.

Professionals who serve the aging community have been anticipating and talking about the baby boomer bubble for decades and have been making plans to accommodate the first wave of the baby boomers ever since. Now that it is here, it is time to pause, reflect, and ask the critical question—did we plan it right? Join nationally renowned gerontologist Lorraine Hiatt and a panel of professionals (who are not only aging experts, but baby boomers themselves!) for a spirited conversation about what we got right, what we got wrong and where we should head in the future. This interactive workshop is a “talk turkey” forum for out-of-the-box thinking, forecasting trends and envisioning new models.

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