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Entries in Health & Wellness (31)

Tuesday
Jan162018

Sound Health: How Noise Can Inspire Healing  

Did you know that stroke patients working with a music therapist can learn to express themselves through singing, or that music with a beat can make waking easier for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease? I, for one, became more aware of the impacts of sounds, both positive and negative, while attending a sound health event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center and the National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts and renowned soprano Renée Fleming, launched this collaboration to explore the connections between music, health, and wellness.

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Thursday
Sep072017

BoomTown: Common Interests Trump Common Ages

Image courtesy of Negative Space by Ian Schneider

This blog is part of a series, BoomTown, examining how we design communities for all ages.

“What if we could rethink the housing options for Boomers? What if, instead of old-style retirement communities, we could define something that much better meets the wants and needs of today’s Boomer generation?”

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Thursday
Sep072017

Creating a Place to Gain Human Ability 

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. The project was designed as a collaboration between HDR and Gensler, in association with Clive Wilkinson Architects and EGG Office. Image © Michael Moran.

Innovative companies that collaborate across disciplines are the organizations with the newest ideas. Until recently, it was a rarity to see this kind of behavior as a healthcare consumer or patient. Six years ago, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab waved goodbye to “the usual” and set out instead to redefine the patient experience. The result is a unique model of care and a direct reflection of a truly visionary client.

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Thursday
Aug312017

BoomTown: The Promise of ‘Ageless Thinking’ 

Image © Gensler/ Ryan Gobuty

“As a society, we tend to believe that each generation is an insular one, and that the interests of each are unique and separate from those of others. But now more than ever, people young and old must join forces to address problems that affect both of their communities.” Michael Eisner

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Thursday
Aug172017

BoomTown: A Future for All Ages

Image Jeff Sheldon, unsplash.com

According to AgingCare.com, 43 percent of senior citizens today are lonely and, therefore, significantly more likely to suffer health problems and die at a younger age. This illuminating and overlooked statistic illustrates how shortsighted the current paradigm for retirement communities is and why we must change how we think about senior living.

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