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Turning Over a New Leaf: Links Between Nature Access and Outcomes in Long-Term Care

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Peggy Chi headshotPeggy Chi, PhD MLA B.Arch.Sci. OALA CSLA
Postdoctoral Fellow | Landscape Architect
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Institute for Life Course & Aging (ILCA) 2023-2024 Seminar Series

Natural environments (e.g., vegetation, daylight, fresh air, sky, water, weather, and animals) in healthcare design are thought to promote health. This presentation will describe a study that examined the relationships between the natural environment and the mental health and well-being of older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (residents) and of their professional caregivers in long-term care homes.

The design, usage, and exposure to natural environments in long-term care homes were significantly associated with outcomes such as work-related stress, burnout, turnover intention, and responsive behavior in secure and non-secure home areas. Practical implications derived from the finding will present opportunities for future research and potential interventions to include in the transformation of long-term care homes.

Dr. Peggy Chi is a licensed landscape architect whose work focuses on research, knowledge mobilization, and use of evidence to inform the design and decision-making of aging environments.

Registration is not required. Click here to join the zoom meeting on February 6 at 12:00.


February 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Institute for Life Course & Aging (ILCA), FIFSW