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Therapeutic Landscapes Educational Series

Therapeutic Landscapes for Older Adults
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Covenant Woods
Mechanicsville, VA

The Virginia Chapter of ASLA is pleased to offer the first in a series of Therapeutic Landscape educational opportunities entitled: Therapeutic Landscapes for Older Adults.

This one day of sessions will bring together professionals from various fields of practice to discuss different ways to improve therapeutic care in today’s environment.

Registration is now open

Members – $75
Non-members – $100
Students – $15

Scheduled speakers include:

Jack Carman, FASLA, LLA, PP
Designs for Generations, LLC, Medford, NJ
Utilizing ALL Aspects of the Landscape for Older Adults Health and Wellbeing 

Senior living communities need to take full advantage of all the resources at their disposal and think outside of the box – literally!  All too often our thoughts focus on the interior environment of a residence.  The outdoor areas of a community are not fully utilized and are considered just curb appeal. However, overlooking the exterior areas means we miss the  opportunity to increase programming, improve quality of life and maintain good health for residents, and also for staff.

Ruben Rainey, Ph.D., FASLA
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia
Creativity and Compassion: The Use of Art in Healthcare Facilities

The lecture will explore various uses of art in healthcare facilities to relieve stress and improve cognition as a complement to healing garden design. Topics included are building design, color psychology, graphic art, and art therapy as a means to foster the well-being of residents, patients, and staff in a variety of healthcare environments . The discussion will be based in large part on recommendations and practices grounded in the findings of evidence-based design.

Harriett Jameson, Associate ASLA
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Asa Eslocker, Director of Program Development

Thriving Cities Group, University of Virginia
Landscapes of Longevity: Designing for Holistic Wellbeing & Preventative Health

In communities with extremely high longevity, what are the physical, social, cultural, and spatial characteristics of the cultural landscapes? How do our everyday landscapes inform routines and behaviors that can either support or hinder our holistic well-being? This session will examine insights from an investigation of 3 cultural landscapes of extraordinarily high longevity and the relationships of the seniors in those locations to their everyday environments. It will explore contemporary findings in public health and design research and opportunities for application in landscape architecture today.

 C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D., ASLA
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
Students of the Virginia Tech Program of Landscape Architecture
Panel Discussion of Therapeutic Landscapes: Conceptual Design for Beth Sholom Courtyards and Covenant Woods (Moderated by Dick Gibbons, FASLA)

During this session participants will have a chance to explore and discuss the relationship between restorative landscapes and their benefits for older adults. Participants will also have a chance to talk to landscape architecture students from Virginia Tech about their community engaged design project with the Beth Sholom Community and Covenant Woods.

Plus Outdoor Walking Tours of Covenant Woods Lead By:

Richard Gibbons, FASLATrustee for Scenic Virginia
Tileston Johnson, ASLA, Warner Larson Landscape Architects
Jimmy Shepherd, ASLA, Shepherd Studios

Tours of the “The Spring” and the Williamsburg Garden which will highlight the therapeutic values of the landscape, and the design considerations related to the planning and installation of the gardens: “The Spring” session will focus on the goal of a conservation and native plant installation. The Williamsburg Garden session will focus on the issues related to its location, how it relates to historic gardens and provides residents with opportunities for use, recreation and relaxation.

We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity.

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