The first DVD in this educational video series demonstrates the importance of having people, policies, and programs that support outdoor usage by residents in senior housing settings. Experts in environmental psychology, design, and gerontology explore how health and quality of life can be shaped by access to nature and identify key issues in planing outdoor space. The enrichment of activity programming and the special needs imposed by dementia are also addressed.
Access to Nature was developed by a large multidisciplinary team of expert consultants and students working with Dr. Susan Rodiek, who teaches architecture at Texas A&M University, with the input of numerous people in the seniors housing and care industry.
Your professional organization may offer continuing education credit for completing the Access to Nature Program.
In order to obtain continuing education credit, you will be tested on material including:
“Finally! A user-friendly resource for designers and administrators, presenting the latest relevant research on the design of outdoor space in senior housing.”
—Clare Cooper Marcus, author of Healing Gardens
“These DVDs provide evidence-based design guidelines in an accessible and transparent way& that will give everyone a real head start …”
—John Zeisel, Ph.D., author of I’m Still Here
” … provides a valuable tool in understanding and achieving outdoor spaces that encourage older adults to go outside.”
—Elizabeth C. Brawley, author of Design Innovations for Aging and Alzheimer’s
“This guide is a much needed resource that underscores the importance of good outdoor access for residents of seniors housing communities … ”
—Robert Kramer, President, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Industry