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In 1999, as the vice president of orums for IIDA, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of orum directors who represented
all disciplines within the interior design
marketplace. As one of our IIDA forum
initiatives, we created a presentation
titled, “A Day in the Life of Joe—The
Impact of Design on the Older Person,”
which aligned with the United Nations’
International Year of the Older Person.
Each forum director contributed to the
program based upon their design focus
using the filter of older adults within all
different types of settings. The program
was intended to represent various cultures
and perspectives, utilizing Joe as the
62-year old poster child; along with his
partner, Josephine; and his good friend, Mel,
to explore design, operations, regulations,
and trends in the senior living space.
During NeoCon 1999, the hour-long
continuing education program was
presented to IIDA’s Chapter Leadership
Council (CLC). That hour sparked a two-year traveling show of live presentations to
By Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP, Green Globes CIEB Assessor
An ongoing project sheds light on designing for the aging population.
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chapters in most states; a trip to Korea as the keynote presentation for
a summit on aging being held at Yonsei University in Seoul; and a video,
“Millennial Joe,” filmed during NeoCon 2000, which gave a whole new
meaning to the term “millennial.”
Fast forward to 2017, Joe turns 80 years old, and how times have changed.
There has been a revolution in the long-term care marketplace through the
implementation of person-centered care options, radically shifting the mindset
of regulators and care providers to move away from institutionalizing older people
and focusing on the “living” part of long-term care, versus only the “care.”
Innovators like Dr. Bill Thomas lead the vision of changing senior living
with small house models that included pets, children, and cooking in a
residential setting as represented by The Green House Project model
For decades, the baby boomers were coming and now they are here and
demanding changes within both healthcare and long-term care. The goal is
living in well-designed, multi-generational communities that support choice,
activity, dignity, and interaction, which is the reality of our future. As we
looked back in 1999, we saw the different disciplines using aging as the filter
ABOVE PMV sketch from “A Day in
the Life of Joe” presentation at the
Symposium of Health Care Design
sponsored by The Center for Health
Design in 1999.
Welbrook: Rengel &
Associates, Laura McCants,
& JSR Associates, Inc.
The Leonard Florence Center for Living in
Chelsea, Mass., is part of the Green House
Project, designed by architect DiMella Shaffer.