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Current research soon to be released in my newest book Environmental Design Interventions for Dementia. The study’s foundation is practical design experience with the design of memory care facilities, research with caregivers of persons with dementia, literature search, and personal experiences as caregivers for persons with dementia. This research focuses on interventions that provide positive outcomes to mitigate disruptive behavior.
Background and Objectives: Currently, one in eight people over the age of 65 have dementia, and approximately 75% of caregiving is provided by volunteer family members with little or no training. This study aimed to quantify points of stress for home-based caregivers with the aim of reducing stress for them while concurrently supporting quality of...
Biophilia is defined as a love of the living world. We seek nature, especially when we don't feel well. Nature can calm us with a beautiful sunset or invigorate us with a spring rain. Both ancient and modern people use nature in healing. Nature has always offered healing places: a sacred spring, a reflective pond, a quiet grove, and majestic peaks....
Americans believe when they become sick, diseased or injured, they need medical attention to be cured. We have long associated curing with healing, believing that to be cured is to be healed. Thus, it is the expectation that medical facilities are healing environments. However, are they? Can a place heal? What’s the proof? Healing environments cont...
The phrase "healing environment" sounds good. But what is it? Can an environment heal? Many people and institutions have shared their interpretations with me. Not surprisingly, the responses varied greatly, containing both accurate information and myth. Exploring these myths provides information critical to understanding the concept of a healing en...
I would like to summarize the most important issues that we discovered from the people we interviewed for our study. Patient environments are increasingly important. Patient control and patient amenity are paramount in treating cancer. High-tech equipment is going to be the driving force of the future. Telecommunication and electronic link-ups betw...