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Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA has written extensively on the subject of aged care design and how that design and the care program it houses can collaborate to enhance the quality of life for the resident, the sense of community for the resident and the increased efficacy of staff who occupy the environment. Below are a few of the books authored or contributed to by Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA and links to their availability. In addition, below are links to pdf versions of articles published in journals authored by Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA. 

"Design for Aging - International Case Studies of Building and Program"

2012-John Wiley & Sons


With the world's population aging at a rapid pace, there is a growing need for new ways to provide residential care for older people. Design for Aging explores some of the most successful examples of elderly housing today, focusing on integrating architectural considerations within an unwavering people-driven approach. Written by an international team of experts in aged care design, the book brings together twenty-six case studies from around the world, including Australia, Denmark, England, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. The authors describe how each scheme has succeeded in addressing the needs of its residents regardless of wide variations in design, geography, cultural factors, medical needs, capital cost, and other factors. Clear, well-documented information for each facility includes:


 - Building descriptions and project data, and how the overall design fits within a geographical location

 - The type of community, including number of residents, ethnicity, and specific conditions such as dementia

 - How to apply universal design principles in different political, social, and regulatory contexts

 - How to create a sense of belonging and well-being for residents while building strong connections with the community at large

 - What makes a facility able to attract and retain high-quality caregivers

 - Environmental sustainability issues, plus indoor and outdoor space


Available at the following link:

Access to additional published articles:

Resident Oriented Design

Creating and Engaging Community

Designing for Dementia

Cultural Focus


Designing Housing for the Aging





"Design for Aging Post-Occupancy Evaluations - Lessons Learned from Senior Living Environments Featured in the AIA's Design for Aging Review"

2007-John Wiley & Sons


Authored under the auspices of the American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community, Design for Aging Post Occupancy Evaluations features well-researched post-occupancy evaluations for approximately forty senior living facilities previously featured in the AIA Design for Aging Review. Post-occupancy evaluations help determine if the facilities are truly providing an environment for the aging that enhances quality of life, minimizes their physiological ailments, and provide a caregiver s working environment that allows for efficiency and efficacy. Each project in the book is evaluated based upon its overall design and care program, the relationship between the general environment and the general care program, obstacles and resolutions within the building program and/or the jurisdictional code requirements, and other salient factors.


Available at the following link:



"In Pursuit of the Sunbeam;" Authored and Edited by Steve Shields and LaVrene Norton;2006-Action Pact Press

"The sunbeam," the right to home, has eluded the frail elders of this country for too long. It is time for a change. In Pursuit of the Sunbeam is a guide for individuals and organizations looking to embrace the true home of the resident-directed Household Model. Based on James O. Prochaska's stages of change, the Norton and Shields Change Matrix plots the transformational journey from beginning awareness of the need for change on a personal level through physical and organizational reconstruction into households licensed as skilled nursing facilities.


Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA, in conjunction with Migette Kaup, PhD contributed the chapter "Environmental Transformation" to this book, outlining how the built environment contributes to the culture change of aged care residences.


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"Alzheimer's Disease-300 Tips for Making Life Easier;" Authored by Patricia Callone, MA, MRE, etal; 2006-Demos Medical Publishing


An estimated 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. That number continues to grow — by 2050 the number of individuals with Alzheimer's could range from 11.3 million to 16 million. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a devastating disorder of the brain's nerve cells that impairs memory, thinking, and behavior. Winner of the 2006 American Journal of Nursing Book of Year Award, A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease will help readers understand what is physically happening to the brain so they can empower their own special skills and talents throughout the disease process. Chapters cover legal and financial issues, family forums in the caregiving process, the role of medication at various stages of the disease, helping children understand what is happening to a loved one, handling the holidays and celebrations, and making the living environment more stimulating and enjoyable. With an abundance of pointers and guidelines for affected individuals, their families, friends and caregivers, A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease is essential for all readers who want to focus on the capabilities that remain instead of those that have been lost.


Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA contributed the chapter "Living Environment" to this book, outlining how the built environment can serve to mitigate the effects of Alzheimer's disease.


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