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Shirah Kasongo Cahill, RLA
Associate/Landscape Architecture Manager
Amanda Loomis, CID, WELL AP
Associate/Certified Interior Designer
Affordable housing is a concern for millions. Due to falling incomes after retirement and increased medical costs, the burden is much higher for older adults. The need for affordable senior housing continues to grow and many do not have the resources to age with dignity, in safe environments that promote their health and well-being. This session will take a hard look at the design of interior and exterior spaces in publicly supported senior housing and highlight the potential physical and emotional impacts of thoughtful and intentional design. The findings of a post-occupancy evaluation will be presented to analyze design choices that improve or hinder the quality of life.
Gain insight into the specific health and wellness challenges faced by low-income seniors in the United States.
Obtain examples of the tangible benefits to resident well-being in providing a strong relationship between interior and exterior spaces in affordable senior housing.
Identify cost-conscious design features that promote dignity, wellness, safety, and independence.
Acquire tools and best practices to design positively impactful environments for low-income seniors.