Creating Healthy Spaces Where Seniors Can Thrive

Indoor Environmental Quality
Healthy Spaces

The population of adults over 65 years old is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2034, older adults are expected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. As individuals age, the body’s ability to maintain a balanced integration of the organs, muscles, bones, immune and nervous systems decline. Planning for the environments where older adults live, work, and travel presents an opportunity to promote healthy living, adapted to meet the unique physical, mental, and biological needs of an aging population. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted vulnerabilities to infectious disease for older adults and senior living communities. Older adults, especially those in senior living facilities, will continue to be vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks, as well as familiar respiratory illnesses like influenza and pneumonia. Healthy building upgrades can have multiple benefits beyond infectious disease risk reduction, including improved comfort and cognition.

HSW Justification
This course is centered around Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) topics with a focus on how to create healthy living spaces for the unique physical, mental and biological needs of an aging population, through improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ), noise and acoustics control, and lighting and thermal comfort.

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