Professional Development Courses for CEU Credit
Presented by Cynthia Leibrock, MA, ASID, Hon. IIDA

Aging Beautifully

Can interior design ensure longevity and quality of life? Discover the myths and realities of aging as you explore much more than residential and long term care design. Learn about design for lifestyles that can prevent premature aging. Look at choices in housing which guarantee that you will "age in place" and never be moved along a continuum to independent, assisted, or skilled care. Find out why the term "nursing home" is really an oxymoron, why no one will have to live in a healthcare facility.

This course offers a visual presentation of international design research on aging, floor plan analysis, and case studies of projects which keep you in charge of your own health. Explore assisted living, choices in group homes, independent living apartments and innovative spas and wellness centers which offer sophisticated healthcare. Consider some new philosophies driving design: "When clients no longer find any value in suffering, the healing instantaneous", "Live in a state of denial or you will become a self-fulfilling prophesy", "Design for prevention of disease and disability, not just accommodation".

You'll leave the course with a new and encouraging perspective on aging, and with the desire to improve the lives of older people through design.

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Design Details for Health

Imagine a hospital where patients wear street clothes, where physicians and nurses must have permission to enter the patient room, and where care partners "live" with patients as they are educated in healing choices. Imagine a housing complex that guarantees that no one will ever have to live in a health care facility; no one will be institutionalized or be moved along a continuum to independent, assisted, or skilled care. Imagine a center for healing with an emphasis on wellness rather than illness, prevention rather than treatment, self-care rather than service provision. These models are no longer figments of the imagination. These hospitals of the future exist today in select demonstration projects that empower patients to take responsibility for their own health, hygiene, medications, and nutrition.

The purpose of this course is to offer specific design detail which will improve patient outcomes by returning authority to the patient. Case studies will be offered which reduce liability by leaving the responsibility with the patient. Finally, research will be presented proving that self-care can reduce costs as patients take responsibility for their health while reliance on staff decreases.

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Designing for the Future: Universal Design

Summarizing the Harvard presentation, this course addresses the changing needs in the workplace, in health care facilities, and in housing. Indeed, design needs are rapidly changing. Entry level positions are being filled by older people who require increased lighting levels, lower ambient noise levels, ergonomically designed products and safety features accommodating a reduced reaction time. In the next twenty years, the workplace will discover that the boomers do not believe in retirement, and they will not be forced out of the workplace by age or physical ability. The ADA and UFAS already guarantee that they will not suffer discrimination by design. The boomers will also "discover" that it's not O.K. to live in a health care facility. The home healthcare and assisted living movements are already offering another choice: aging in place. Some universally designed apartment complexes already guarantee that the residents will never leave their apartments, they will never be forced to move into assisted living and skilled nursing.

This short course addresses a lifetime of needs, the future of each class member as well as the future of interior design and architecture. Is the definition of good design really changing or is it still about making rich people look richer?

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