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50 Years of Progress—and the Best Is Yet to Come!
When the American Association of Homes for the Aging (now LeadingAge) opened its doors in 1961, concepts like “small house model” and “evidence-based design” had yet to be imagined. This year’s Trends in Design reflects on 50 years of evolution in senior living design and celebrates the advances that support resident empowerment.
Finally, providers from previous DFAR competition juries share their thoughts on how design in senior living has evolved. We have witnessed the design process become more participative, and seen designers’ knowledge base grow to include expertise in gerontology and marketing.
This year’s Trends in Design sets the stage for the upcoming announcement of the award winners from the 11th cycle of the DFAR competition. We're certain to see how the trends and innovations described in the following pages are applied to new construction, renovation and reinvention of senior living environments.