The Oklahoma State University Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising hosted a community visioning workshop focusing on innovation for dementia programs and services on November 9, 2018, at the Metro Technology Center in Oklahoma City. This workshop was developed with support from a grant the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awarded to assistant professor Emily Roberts and her team. It brought together stakeholders from around Oklahoma to discuss the opportunities for re-thinking dementia care in our state, nationally and internationally.
Guest panelists included: planner and educator Dr. Jennifer Senick, Rutgers University; architect and author Jeff Anderzhon, The American Institute of Architects, Eppstein Uhen Architect; environment-behavior researcher and educator Dr. Nisha Fernanado, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point; senior living specialist, Dr. Lorraine Hiatt; and Jennifer Sodo, AIA, Perkins Eastman, senior living studio.
Community members from memory care and medical fields, architects, landscape architects, state health employees, social workers, and family caregivers attended the all-day workshop. In addition, OSU students, faculty and alumni, as well as members of an International Delegation visiting the College of Human Sciences from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan participated.