Post-Pandemic Silver Linings: Leveraging a New Appreciation for Outdoor Environments


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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
1 pm ET, noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT



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Presented by

Shirah Kasongo Cahill RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate

Landscape Architect

SWBR Architects

Rob Simonetti AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

Senior Living Studio Leader

LaBella Associates

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Course Description

While time spent outdoors has proven health and wellness benefits for seniors, investment in outdoor program space is a tough sell in northern climates where winters are perceived to be long. For seniors as well as providers, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a paradigm shift for designed exterior space in cold climates. Something once undervalued began to represent freedom, independence, connection to community, and an alternative to the negative mental and physical effects of social isolation. This session will present case studies and document their unique response to this paradigm shift. Presenters will highlight opportunities to leverage the momentum generated during the pandemic into better site design and campus planning for senior communities.

Learning Objectives

Gain insight on the changing perception of designed outdoor program space in northern climates and the added value to mental and physical health and well-being at senior communities.

Acquire tools–including key research and references–to promote investment in the design of exterior environments in regions that enjoy four seasons.

Become familiar with design strategies to improve overall resident and staff wellness while optimizing campus connectivity.

Understand the myriad of health and wellness benefits associated with the addition of thoughtfully designed exterior space for residents, family, and staff.

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