Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Virtual Reality for Seniors: From Design to Engagement

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    1 pm ET, noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT

    This course is AIA approved for one Learning Unit (LU). 

    Are you an ASID, IIDA, or IDS Member interested in earning CEU's for this course through IDCEC? CLICK HERE for more information!


    Virtual reality (VR) offers opportunities for engagement, connection, and understanding for those living in senior living and care communities. For existing, new, or repositioned communities, VR design models allow current and future residents to see what their new home will look like and have input into the design process. VR can also be used to visually and emotionally transport groups of seniors to anywhere in the world and be used as part of engagement and reminiscent therapy for residents. Come hear how the virtual experience helps build conversation and socialization connecting residents in the design or destination experience and increases understanding of future occupied spaces and shared cognition.

    Learning Objectives

    • See how VR assists stakeholders in understanding the built environment and allows immediate cross-industry interface. 

    • Understand how VR provides engagement between owners/operators, families, and residents in the design process. 

    • Understand the impact of social isolation on the 65+ population and how the use of VR builds community and interpersonal connections. 

    • Explore VR as a dual-purpose building construction tool for the physical-plant building and areas for therapeutic wellness and personalized interventions.

    Presented by:

    Keith Bradley, Assoc. AIA

    Designer, Director of Marketing

    LWDA Design

    Kyle Rand

    Cofounder & CEO

    Rendever, Inc. 

    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Louisville, KY

    The Environments for Aging Conference and EXPO is coming up (April 26-28, 2020), and with it comes the SAGE Member (and guest!) Reception. Join us to network with some of the other great minds of SAGE!

    SAGE Member Reception

    Saturday, April 25, 2020

    6 to 8:30 pm Eastern

    21c Museum Hotel, Lower Level Gallery

    700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

    The SAGE Member Reception is a terrific opportunity for nonmembers to learn what SAGE is all about. We encourage each member to invite one potential member. If you would like to invite more than one guest, please CONTACT US as space is limited. 

    The SAGE member reception is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors (see below). There is still ONE Silver Sponsorship opportunity available! Learn more about sponsorship benefits, and contact us if you'd like to join the following sponsors in supporting this event.

    Great minds sponsor SAGE!

    Special thanks to the following companies for making this event possible. We encourage you to click on the links below and get to know our sponsors. We think they're pretty great.








    • Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    EFA Remodel/Renovation Competition: A Review of 2019

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    1 pm ET, noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT

    This course is AIA approved for one Learning Unit (LU). 

    Are you an ASID, IIDA, or IDS Member interested in earning CEU's for this course through IDCEC? CLICK HERE for more information!


    Environments for Aging magazine’s annual Remodel/Renovation Competition, with support from SAGE, sheds light on projects that have noteworthy aspects to inspire future renovation projects, big or small. This presentation brings together winners from the 2019 competition to explore their specific projects and how they approached their unique environments to create spectacular new settings. Attendees will walk away with a thorough understanding of what types of challenges emerge during remodels and renovations and how these proven project teams addressed those challenges. Attendees will also learn about the competition submission process and key elements to include in a submission.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn about renovation projects ranging in size, scope, and cost, from the winning project teams.
    • Obtain architectural and interior design ideas that impact resident quality of life, and the experience for staff and family.
    • Understand the importance of including operational factors when considering design decisions during a renovation project.
    • Gain tips for improving the success in submitting a project to the 2020 Remodel/Renovation Competition.

    Presented by

    Ric D'Amico - VP Development, The Belaire Group. SAGE Board Member, Discussion Moderator.

    Rob Pfauth, AIA, NCARB Director of Senior Living Planning, ERDMAN. SAGE Board Member, Jury Representative. 

    Meghan Kolund, CIDQ, LEED AP - Design Director, Wegman Design GroupGold Winner: Shell Point Retirement Community – The Crystal – Dining, Fort Myers, Fla.

    Luann Thoma-Holec, FASID, NCIDQ, CID - Principal & Founder, Thoma-Holec Design LLCSilver Winner: Sun Health Communities-Grandview Terrace – The Marketplace, Sun City West, Ariz.

    Craig Kimmel, AIA, LEED AP - Partner, RLPS ArchitectsBronze Winner: Patriots Colony–Dining, Williamsburg, Va

Past events

Friday, March 20, 2020 Senior Living Environments: Healthcare or Hospitality?
Thursday, February 27, 2020 Top Design Challenges Faced by Owners, Residents, and Design Professionals
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Effective Site Visits: More Than A Road Trip
Thursday, December 12, 2019 Smart Buildings: The Internet of Things and Seniors
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 2019 EFA Design Showcase: A Presentation of Industry-Leading Design Excellence
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 SAGE Annual Meeting and Member Reception
Thursday, October 24, 2019 Notes from the Field: A SAGE Post-Occupancy Evaluation
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Cooperative Living: Sounds Cool, But What Is It and Does It Work?
Thursday, August 29, 2019 Stuck in the Middle: Strategy and Design to Serve the Mid-income Senior Market
Thursday, July 25, 2019 Human Interaction: The Programming Missing Link
Thursday, June 27, 2019 A Small Assisted Living Home for Every Neighborhood
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 SAGE Webinar: Will Your Community Weather the Storm? Resilient Design Strategies for Senior Living--Guest of Presenter
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 SAGE Webinar: Will Your Community Weather the Storm? Resilient Design Strategies for Senior Living
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 SAGE Webinar: EFA Remodel/Renovation Competition--A Review of 2018
Sunday, April 07, 2019 SAGE Member Reception
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Creating Community/Engaging Community Through the Built Environment
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Programming and Design for Wellness Centers
Thursday, December 06, 2018 A Closer Look at the Sensory Environment through a SAGE POE: Cypress Cove Memory Care Assisted Living Households (Part Two)
Thursday, November 08, 2018 An Analysis of Design Goals and Outcomes through a SAGE POE: Cypress Cove Memory Care Assisted Living Households (Part One)
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 SAGE Annual Meeting and Member Reception
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 A Review of the 2018 EFA Design Showcase
Thursday, September 20, 2018 SAGE Webinar: 25 Good Reasons to Come Out of Your Room
Thursday, August 23, 2018 SAGE Webinar: Breaking Bad--Resident-Centered Regulatory Improvements
Thursday, July 26, 2018 SAGE Webinar: Multidisciplinary Design-- Creating Inspired Senior Living Environments
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 SAGE Webinar--Designing Supportive Environments for People with Low Vision: Tools and Techniques
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 SAGE Webinar: Market Research Should Support Design Decisions
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 SAGE Webinar-- EFA Remodel Renovation Competition: A Review of 2017
Saturday, April 21, 2018 SAGE Member Reception
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Environments for Aging Expo & Conference
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 SAGE Webinar: Lighting for Elders
Friday, March 23, 2018 Deadline for Nominations: EFA Design Champions Awards
Thursday, March 22, 2018 Q&A on Evidence-Based Design, Codes, and Environments for Individuals Living with Dementia
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 SAGE Webinar: The Use of a Virtual Nature Room in Memory Care to Reduce Stress-Related Emotions in People with Dementia.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Research and Code Changes Around Grab Bars and Showers
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Beyond Aging in Place: Opportunities and Innovative Solutions in Universal Design
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Dialogues: A Forum for Senior Living Thought Leaders
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 The Impact of Aging on the Built Environment
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 SAGE Annual Meeting and Member Reception
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Households Version 2.0: A Discussion of Operations and Architecture
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 SAGE Webinar: Designing with Longevity in Mind
Thursday, August 31, 2017 SAGE Webinar: The Power of the Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Advancing Person-Centered Environments
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 SAGE Webinar--Skilled Care Community Post-Occupancy Review: Applying Lessons Learned to Future Construction
Thursday, June 15, 2017 SAGE Webinar: Biologically Focused Lighting for Health and Wellness
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 SAGE Webinar: The Perceived Value of Nature and Design of Gardens that Promote Use
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 SAGE Board Strategic Planning Retreat
Thursday, March 23, 2017 SAGE Webinar: Environments for Aging’s Remodel/Renovation Competition: A Review of 2016
Sunday, February 26, 2017 SAGE Member Reception
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Environments for Aging Expo and Conference
Thursday, February 16, 2017 SAGE Webinar: Initiating Memory Care: The Three Most Important Questions to Be Answered
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 SAGE Webinar: The Household Model--One Size Doesn't Fit All
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 SAGE Webinar: Interprofessional Collaboration: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Senior Living Design
Friday, December 09, 2016 Reservation deadline for Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 SAGE Webinar--Households: A Discussion of History, Design Process, Operations, and Architecture
Sunday, October 30, 2016 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO
Thursday, October 13, 2016 SAGE Webinar - Intelligent Design for Code-compliant Bathing Facilities
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Innovation in the Face of Change - SAGE Webinar
Thursday, September 22, 2016 SAGE Board of Directors Call
Thursday, July 14, 2016 SAGE Board of Directors Call
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Environments for Aging 2017 Review of Presentation Proposals
Thursday, June 09, 2016 SAGE Officers' Conference Call
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Judging Period--EFA Remodel/Renovation Competition
Saturday, April 09, 2016 SAGE Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, April 09, 2016 Environments for Aging Expo and Conference
Thursday, March 03, 2016 SAGE Board of Directors Conference Call
Friday, January 15, 2016 EFA Design Showcase In-Person Jury
Thursday, January 14, 2016 SAGE Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 EFA Design Showcase Virtual Jury

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