This year’s Environments for Aging 2009 Facility Tours, set to take place Sunday, March 29 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, will give attendees the opportunity to tour some of Massachusetts’ finest state-of-the-art senior facilities. These tours are part of Environments for Aging 2009, www.efa09.com, offers a comprehensive three-day experience, during which attendees and presenters will explore and share new ideas for creating attractive and functional living environments that meet the unique needs of our aging population. In order to participate in the tours, you must be a registered participant in the conference.
One of the tours available is a tour through Lasell Village’s facilities. Designed by Steffian Bradley Architects, Lasell Village is an educational, continuing care retirement community (CCRC) consisting of 162 independent living units in 14 buildings on the campus of Lasell College in Newton, MA. Reminiscent of a typical New England village, the community has a central “Town Hall” containing amenities such as dining, wellness center, bank office, ballroom, research offices and a 44-bed skilled nursing facility.
The first of its kind in the country and as a condition of residence, Lasell Villages asks villagers to participate in 450 hours of continued education per year. The integration of living and learning spaces creates a unique community that encourages a lifestyle in which learning is invigorating, an approach to life in which residents pursue interests and goals that have meaning and expand their understanding of themselves and the world. Completed in 2000, Lasell Village was recently chosen by the AIA for their Design for Aging Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE).