Aging America: Coming of Age

Filming at the Paulding mock up rooms for PBS documentary

Mary Lindeman, a project manager for CDH Partners, Inc., was recently interviewed for a PBS special that will air in 2014. The documentary is titled “Coming of Age in Aging America” and features segments depicting different phases of our aging society. Lindeman, project manager for the WellStar Paulding Hospital opening in April 2014, talked about the facility from an architectural perspective and how it will address the various needs of the community and staff inclusive of those who are aging.

“People are living and working longer than ever before,” she notes. “During our integrated design sessions with the WellStar Paulding team we were motivated to think differently about each aspect of the facility tailoring the design around the healthcare that will be provided while maximizing flexibility and usability for not only aging patients but aging staff as well. The WellStar and the CDH team wanted to create a healing environment that fits well into the community and that is safe and accommodating for patients, family, and staff.”

A primary focus of the PBS special is on communities and how they are addressing the needs of our expanding and aging society. “There is a growing realization”, said Lindeman, “whether out of choice or necessity we are staying active and continuing to work longer during our lifetimes. An important component in improving the quality of our longevity is to have the places where we live and work provide appropriate environments that proactively help us to stay safe, to stay strong, and to thrive as we age.”

Mary Lindeman, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, joined CDH Partners in 2004, with 10 years of previous architectural experience. She works with some of our largest healthcare clients.

For more information on this upcoming series, please go to http://theagingamericaproject.com.

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