August 28th, 2021 - August 31st, 2021

2021 Environments for Aging Expo & Conference

Chattanooga Convention Center

Chattanooga, TN

August 28-31, 2021


Multisensory Environments for Veterans with Dementia: Diffusion of an Environmental Intervention

Presented by Lesa Lorusso, PhD, MBA, MSArch, NCIDQ, Healthcare Director of Research and Innovation, Gresham Smith;  Sheila Bosch, PhD, EDAC, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Interior Design, University of Florida; Ronald Shorr, MD, MS, Director of Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System; and Nam-Kyu Park, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Interior Design, University of Florida

The global population is aging rapidly, signifying the importance of developing innovative care options for elderly patients, and this is especially true in the Veterans Health System. Innovation in person-centered built environments has proven to illicit positive emotions and behavioral responses in aging patients. This presentation will highlight a 20-week qualitative and quantitative research study to understand the effect of multisensory environments. Come learn more about the themes that emerged, how the innovation was diffused throughout the system, and how findings are being used to improve future designs and implementations strategies of multisensory environments.

More information on the conference can be found here.