How Can Nature
Benefit Seniors?

This award-winning program illustrates
a wide variety of ways to make Nature more
accessible and inviting at senior communities.

Three fast-paced and lively DVDs use case studies,
diagrams, and 3D models to demonstrate how
to transform ordinary settings into therapeutic
landscapes, with health benefits for residents,
staff, and family members.

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The Value of Nature
for Older Adults

Access to nature and the outdoors can affect quality of life for older adults, with information on research, health benefits, and interviews with leading experts

28 minutes

Improving Outdoor Access
for Older Adults

Photos, sketches, and 3D models to show how building layout can impact outdoor use and provide cost-effective solutions for improving outdoor access

31 minutes

Safe & Usable Outdoor Spaces
for Older Adults

The improvement of outdoor features, such as seating, shade, and walkways, are reported by residents to impact their outdoor usage

34 minutes


    In Fall 2010, Access to Nature received a prestigious Research Honor Award from ASLA American Society of Landscape     Architects. The program had previously received the 2009 Environment + Design Award from CEAL - Center for Excellence in     Assisted Living. CEAL is a coalition of 11 national organizations focused on quality of care for older people.

    In 2005, an earlier prototype of the Access to Nature program also won the Active Place Design Competition award in     product design from EDRA - Environmental Design Research Association, and a Viewer's Choice award from the Harvard     School of Public Health.