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A troubleshooter's guide to designs for wellness-4823

A troubleshooter's guide to designs for wellness

As communities and organizations look to the future, what do they see? On one hand, there is a population of people with a variety of interests experiencing changes in their lives that make them seek different amenities than they did in years past. On the other hand, properties that have seen better days need repairs and maybe total overhauls if they were built for a purpose that no longer exists. Are there ways to repurpose the outdated facilities to better serve a population that is changing as it ages?

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Upgrade your wellness center to meet shifting expectations and maximize ROI by John Rude, MS-4789

Upgrade your wellness center to meet shifting expectations and maximize ROI by John Rude, MS

Continuing care retirement communities and other types of senior living have raised the bar to provide qualified leadership for wellness efforts and strive for successful programs. To become even more effective in this growing industry of wellness and maximize return on investment, organizations should seek higher standards for wellness centers.

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Why older-adult playgrounds present a world of possibilities by Marilynn Larkin, MA-1488

Why older-adult playgrounds present a world of possibilities by Marilynn Larkin, MA

At first glance, the words older-adult playground may seem like an oxymoron. Aren’t playgrounds for children? Well, yes and no. Most existing playgrounds were built with children in mind. But a new wave of playgrounds—born of an understanding of the value of play and conceived with older adults, or older adults and children, in mind—are moving off the drawing boards and into communities in the United States1 and beyond.

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Designing wellness facilities and living environments by Donna Jackel-1435

Designing wellness facilities and living environments by Donna Jackel

Choice is the buzzword in today’s housing market for older adults. The challenge, say experts, is how to meet the needs of current clients while building in flexibility for future residents.

The average age that people move into independent living communities is trending upward, rising from 80 to 84 over the past decade,1 according to Edie Smith, senior vice president and research director at Oxford, Mississippi-based ProMatura Group, a full-service market research and advisory firm specializing in age 50-plus consumers. Meanwhile, the needs and desires of the 78 million or so Baby Boomers in the United States2 are influencing everything from building design to dining services.

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Design strategies support active lifestyles among people living with dementia by Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC-1432

Design strategies support active lifestyles among people living with dementia by Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC

There is clear and convincing evidence of the benefits of physical exercise on the cognitive performance of older adults, both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and those without symptoms of dementia.1–10 You likely agree with the value of continued physical activity, and thus this article will explore how physical and social environments can be designed to encourage people living with all levels of dementia (from very early to later stages) to continue to be physically active.

An encouraging environment includes spaces designed to support specific physical activities, such as gyms, exercise rooms and pools and spaces, as well as adjacencies and amenities that support less structured physical activity. Our focus will be on designing spaces for less structured activity.

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Choosing strength-training equipment for older adults: the benefits and advantages of Universal Design by Wayne T. Phillips, PhD, FACSM-1356

Choosing strength-training equipment for older adults: the benefits and advantages of Universal Design by Wayne T. Phillips, PhD, FACSM

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the value of maintaining and increasing independence for older adults. This has occurred across a broad spectrum of the aging market, including senior centers, community centers and fitness centers. This same focus has also been seen in a broad range of senior housing, particularly continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and assisted living communities, where aging in place is a paramount aspiration. The positive contribution of exercise—particularly strength training—in maintaining and improving independence and quality of life is now unquestioned. As a result of this, fitness and community centers are increasingly looking to cater to an aging clientele, while strength training, “fitness rooms” and/or wellness centers are becoming an accepted part of senior housing facilities and programming focused on this population.

The type of equipment purchased can make a major contribution to the success of any strength-training program for older adults. At the most basic level, if equipment is attractive, safe and easy to use, classes and participation generally are far more likely to begin and to continue. However, choices and purchase decisions for strength equipment often need to be made by individuals who have little or no experience or expertise in the use or operation of such equipment by older adults. This article presents evidence-based principles and guidelines that will enable intelligent and appropriate equipment purchase decisions to be made. These guidelines provide a template for a professional assessment of the equipment’s safety, ease of use and appropriateness for the desired population.

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