E19 Walk in their Footsteps: Research into Elders with Neurocognitive Disorders and their Environment

  • Room: Sarasota 1-3
  • Session Number:E19
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM


Alanna Carter NCARB, Leed-AP
HGA Architects and Engineers
Jonathan Bartling AIA, LEED AP
Director, Digital Practice Group
HGA Architects and Engineers
Terri Zborowsky PhD, EDAC
Design Researcher
HGA Architects and Engineers


Neurocognitive disorders often affect the elder population, resulting in memory and cognition issues with behaviors that can include wandering, aggression, or apathy. This session will present the results of a research study done using a customized iPad application that tracked the behavior, walking patterns, and repetitive motions of an elderly population with dementia. This template will specifically focus on the interaction between elements of the designed environment and the person’s resulting behavior. Attendees will explore how the designed environment can mitigate neurocognitive disorder symptoms. Take away this tool that can be used in pre-design and post-design phases.


Learning Objectives

Understand the use of behavioral observation during the pre-design stages to inform design decisions. Obtain information about the interaction of the elderly with dementia and elements of the designed environment. Learn about research tools that can be used to explore the behavior of user groups in both pre-design and post-occupancy stages. Explore the success of private/public partnerships to enable and enhance practice-based research.

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