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Risky business Researchers dig into common causes of falls in senior care and how to prevent them to help with strength, balance, and resistance; formalized play areas feature croquet and badminton courts; and large, grassy sections allow for tai chi and kite flying. Mazes built at ground level are designed to help with cognitive functions without making users feel trapped, and fruit trees and vegetable gardens are included to invoke memory through taste, sight, and smell, says Grant Donald, partner and creative director at Silk Tree International. Looking at the broader context, the design team worked with government agencies to relocate bus stops near two of the entrances and recommended that transit between a nearby metro station and the green space be provided. "Being active gives seniors the opportunity to be part of society and a community, and to age the way we would all want to," Donald says.-Anne DiNardo GRANT A DONALD, SILK TREE INTERNATIONAL BY THE NUMBERS 3.4% The forecasted compound annual growth rate for senior care facilities in emerging economies through 2021, compared with a compound annual growth rate of 2.1 percent for developed economies. SOURCE: "AGEING POPULATION DRIVES 14 PERCENT GROWTH IN SENIOR CARE FACILITIES BY 2021," BY GLOBAL MARKET RESEARCH COMPANY EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL, JULY 26. " Promotion & Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center (College Station, Texas). "Even those falls that do not result in injury may affect one's confidence in being able to prevent falls, which may make them less likely to engage in physical activity or social activities, all of which may affect one's quality of life and likelihood of suffering a fall." The researchers statistically analyzed data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, which includes assisted living communities, to find new insights, including who is most at risk and the effect of a community's size on incident rates. The study was published in the Journal of Aging and Health this spring. One of the most surprising findings was the "sheer size of the issue," Towne says. "We found that approximately 15 percent of people in these facilities suffer an injurious fall." Among those, women needing some assistance with -Samuel D. Towne Jr. daily tasks, such as dressing or walking, are more prone to accidents. Towne attributes this to the fact that those already needing assistance may potentially be more frail and less steady on their feet. Additionally, he says, "the likelihood of engaging in regular physical activity among women is lower than among men," which could also increase their fall risk. The size of the community was also identified as another contributing factor, with small- and medium-sized communities (four to 25 beds) accounting for 11 percent of falls while larger facilities (26 to more than 100 beds) reached nearly 16 percent. However, the researchers weren't able to pinpoint why size matters using the available data. "More research is needed to identify why smaller facilities serve as a protective factor for injurious falls," Towne says. "Furthermore, understanding the role of staffing ratios in relation to facility size should also be explored in future research, given the differences in facility size and fall risk in the current analysis." Acknowledging that many designers and senior living communities are adding safety features such as handrails, grab bars, floor lighting, and technology that predicts falls or notifies caregivers of an incident, Towne says he'd also like to see a push for safe environments that encourage activities such as walking. "Engaging in regular physical activity is one way to reduce the likelihood of falls among older adults," he says.-AD We found that approximately 15 percent of people in these facilities suffer an injurious fall. " The renovation organizes the park into zones designed to focus on different senses. A rehabilitation area includes garden equipment Armed with data that one in three older people falls each year, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health wanted to take a closer look into the topic-specifically, to study the risk factors that lead to falls in residential care facilities. "Many of these falls may result in injuries or even death," says Samuel D. Towne Jr., research assistant professor, Program on Healthy Aging, Department of Health Fall 2016 * EFAmagazine.com 11 http://www.EFAmagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Environments for Aging - Fall 2016

Environments for Aging - Fall 2016
Contents
EFAmagazine.com
Editorial
Show Talk
Bulletin
Community
Bigger in Texas
Exterior Expectations
Personalized Care
High Design
Creative License
Top 10 Remodel/ Renovation Projects
Design Profiles
Product Gallery
Q+A
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - EFAmagazine.com
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Editorial
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Show Talk
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Bulletin
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Community
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