New Guides from Wiley Explore the Fundamentals of Architecture & Design for an Aging Population

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The guides help professionals navigate the many factors involved in creating good designs for aged care environments.

An estimated 76 million Americans classified as baby boomers are approaching retirement age and will face age-related decisions in the next few years. One of the key decisions is where and how they will be comfortable and independent in a residence that will meet their needs over time, and as their lives evolve. Interior designers, architects, and builders are increasingly asked by clients to design homes to allow for adaptation over time or retrofit existing structures for aging residents with new needs. John Wiley & Sons, a leading publisher in architecture and design, is releasing two new titles that help professionals understand how to design and create effective spaces and environments for the elderly and aging.

The first title, DESIGN FOR AGING: International Case Studies of Building and Program (April 2012; $85.00), takes an in-depth look at 25 of the most innovative, contemporary examples of aged care facilities that exist today. The book focuses on integrating architectural considerations within an unwavering people-driven approach. Written by an international team of experts in aged care design, they bring together case studies from around the world, including Australia, Denmark, England, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. The authors describe how each scheme has succeeded in addressing the needs of its residents regardless of wide variations in design, geography, cultural factors, medical needs, capital cost, and other factors. Clear, well-documented information for each facility includes:

•Building descriptions and project data, and how the overall design fits within a geographical location
•The type of community, including number of residents, ethnicity, and specific conditions such as dementia
•How to apply universal design principles in different political, social, and regulatory contexts
•How to create a sense of belonging and well-being for residents while building strong connections with the community at large
•What makes a facility able to attract and retain high-quality caregivers
•Environmental sustainability issues, plus indoor and outdoor spaces

The second title, LIVABLE COMMUNITIES FOR AGING POPULATIONS: Urban Design for Longevity (May 2012; $80.00), provides architects and designers with critical guidance on urban planning and building design that allows people to age in their own homes and communities. The focus is on lifelong neighborhoods, where healthcare and accessibility needs of residents can be met throughout their entire life cycle. Written by M. Scott Ball, a Duany Plater-Zyberk architect with extensive expertise in designing for an aging society, this important work explores the full range of factors involved in designing for an aging population—from social, economic, and public health policies to land use, and business models. Ball examines in detail a number of case studies of communities that have implemented lifelong solutions, discussing how to apply these best practices to communities large and small, new and existing, urban and rural. LIVABLE COMMUNITIES FOR AGING POPULATIONS also includes coverage of:

•How healthcare and disability can be integrated into an urban environment as a lifelong function
•The need for partnership between healthcare providers, community support services, and real-estate developers
•How to handle project financing and take advantage of lessons learned in the senior housing industry
•The role of transportation, access, connectivity, and building diversity in the success of lifelong neighborhoods

Architects, urban planners, urban designers, and developers, as well as facility owners and caregivers, will find these new releases instructive, inspiring and practical on how to navigate the many factors involved in creating good designs for aged care environments. These books also include a wealth of pertinent information for public health officials working on policy issues for aging populations.

Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA, Fairfax, VA, is an architect specializing in environments for the elderly and Principal with Crepidoma Consulting in Fairfax, Virginia. He served as co-author for the AIA for its book "Design for Aging Post Occupancy Evaluations" (Wiley, 2007).

David Hughes, BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA, Altrincham, UK, is Managing Director for Pozzoni, LLP, an architectural firm near Manchester, UK with a specialty in aged care design. His work has been honored with a National Care Award from Pinders/Caring Times in 2008. He is a frequent speaker at professional care conferences both in the UK and internationally.

Dr. Stephen Judd, Sydney, Australia, is Chief Executive of HammondCare, an independent Australian charity. HammondCare serves more than 2,500 patients, residents and clients. Judd co-edited the book Design for Dementia (Hawkins, 1998).

Emi Kiyota, PhD, Germantown, MD, is an environmental research consultant to aged care providers both in the United States and internationally. Her consulting projects include aging communities in Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Switzerland and Germany as well as the United States.

Monique Wijnties, Utrecht, The Netherlands, is consultant at Aedes-Actiz Expertise Centre Housing-Care, a joint initiative of ActiZ (Dutch association for nursing homes and homecare) and Aedes (Dutch organization of housing associations). She is project manager of 2018Zorg in Woningen' the online application for designing homes with insight in space required for personal care.

M. Scott Ball is an Atlanta-based architect and senior project manager for Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ). Previous to his work with DPZ, he worked on numerous hurricane recovery housing efforts and assisted with the creation of the Louisiana Road Home and Mississippi Home Again programs. He had also been co-executive director of the Community Housing Resource Center in Atlanta, where he focused on the integration of design services into community development efforts and concentrated on needs of older, long-term homeowners in a rapidly gentrifying city. Ball had served as president of the Association for Community Design, a national network of community design associations.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES FOR AGING POPULATIONS: Urban Design for Longevity: Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Publication date: May 21, 2012; $80.00; Hardcover; 304 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-64192-7

DESIGN FOR AGING: International Case Studies of Building and Program; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Publication date: April 2, 2012; $85.00; Hardcover; 336 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-94672-5

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