Wednesday, September 2nd (Session D1) - Envisioning the Future: Designing Home For Elders
Dr. Maggie Calkins leads a panel discussion with 5 visionaries in the area of design as they share examples of the work they have done, how it has held up during the demands of the current crisis, what adaptations they made, and their vision for design in the future.
1. Describe at least 2 design models that have been developed to support enhanced quality of life for elders over the past 20 years.
2. Recognize how innovative design models have supported improved outcomes in the midst of COVID-19.
3. Name at least 2 innovative ideas that are being explored as a part of the vision for future design in housing for Elders.
|Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Calkins has been recognized as a leader in environments for individuals who are living with dementia since the mid-1980s with the publication of the first comprehensive design guide on the topic. She is a well-respected researcher and consultant, with over 100 publications in both academic and trade journals. Maggie is a former Pioneer Network Board Member and currently serves on the Development Committee.|
Executive Leader, Action Pact
|Megan Hannan leads a team of consultants at Action Pact who provide insight and support for transforming institutional culture, especially toward establishing the Household Model. Her expertise focuses on facilitating change through the high involvement of staff, families, and residents, and fostering their collaboration in self-led teams dedicated to growing a vibrant life with and for people living with dementia. She has held leadership roles as a mentor with Eden Alternative International and as an executive board member with Pioneer Network. She is called upon to present at numerous state, national and international conferences, including the World Congress on Alzheimer's and the Eden Alternative International Conference. Megan developed PersonFirst®, Action Pact's signature train-the-trainer program, and the workbook and video entitled, "Becoming Who They Were."|
Founder and Director, Ibasho
|Dr. Emi Kiyota is an internationally recognized thought leader on issues relating to healthy aging. She is an environmental gerontologist and organizational culture change specialist. She is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international venues. Dr. Kiyota is currently considering how the work she did to empower elders in Japan as they recovered from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 could provide lessons for empowering elders in the U.S. as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and better prepare for future events. Dr. Kiyota the founder and director of Ibasho, an organization that facilitates the co-creation with elders of socially integrated, sustainable communities that value their elders. She holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a consultant with over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing person-centered care in long-term care settings and hospitals globally. Her current focus is on creating socially integrated and resilient cities where elders are engaged and able to actively participate in their communities. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and served on the board of directors of the Global Ageing Network. Dr. Kiyota has been awarded fellowships to investigate this topic, including the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and the Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at University of California, San Francisco.|
Executive Leader, Action Pact
|A pioneer and champion of the Household Model, LaVrene Norton has been guiding organizations on their culture change journeys since 1984. She is recognized as the nation’s foremost organizational change facilitator in long-term care and has taken her expertise to Ireland and Australia as well. In addition to building curriculum for the broad series of Action Pact workshops, intensives and consulting, LaVrene has led the Action Pact team in the development of a deep catalog of culture change and Household Model literature, workbooks and DVDs, most notably In Pursuit of the Sunbeam which she co-authored with Steve Shields. She holds a Masters of Social Work.|
Senior Director, The GreenHouse Project
|Susan Ryan is Senior Director for The Green House Project ® and has spent over 25 years working with elders as a nurse and change agent. She has worked in a variety of eldercare settings and helped to lead her previous organization’s transformation to culture change by assessing industry innovation and developing strategic and educational protocols.|
Director of Operations, Green House Project
|Debbie Wiegand is Director of Operations for The Green House Project ® and has spent her entire career as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, engaging in and leading transformative change in the field of long-term care. Her experience in operations, culture change, design, and education, provides the necessary insight to partner with visionary leaders desiring the best future possible for elders.|
Director of People and Culture, Koelsch Communities
Aging is something shared by individuals in every corner of the globe. Benjamin Surmi will moderate a lively discussion where innovators from around the world will share stories of what is happening, promising innovations and explore how we can work together across international lines to move the future for aging forward. Empowering people to thrive “no matter what disability or cognitive disorder they may live with“ is the focus of Benjamin Surmi's work as a social gerontologist. Caregiver, activity director, lifelong learning center director, and home repair coordinator were each roles that shaped his understanding of the unique needs of seniors. He guides the person-centered training for over 2,400 employees in 8 states and is currently implementing an evidence-based approach to care from France called Humanitude. Benjamin coaches 70+ wellness directors who support over 1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building alliances that make it possible.
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