Cynthia Talks to CALA About Senior Living Dining Spaces That Enhance Community & Connectivity
Posted on June 11, 2019 by Mark Warner
CALA recently reached out to our Co-Founder & Lead Designer, Cynthia, to get her perspective on how senior living communities can enhance their dining amenities to strengthen residents’ sense of community, connectivity, and even improve longevity.
In the article, featured on CALA’s “News & Views” print and online magazine, Cynthia examines this topic with research and examples for senior living designers, owners, and operators to consider.
“Some of the key research we referenced is about the strength of human connections, but not just any connection; in this case we’re talking specifically about face-to-face connections,” says Cynthia. “And we know, from almost 30 years of experience in this field, that a great amount of face-to-face interaction happens, or has the opportunity to happen, around food and meals.”
Some key recommendations summarized in the article are:
“There are some exciting changes happening in our industry today, especially with the growing inclusion of technology in many senior living communities – but nothing beats out the importance of face-to-face human connections,” says Cynthia. “Humans have always bonded over shared meals, so it’s a natural opportunity for communities to utilize.”
Thank you, CALA, for approaching Warner Design Associates about this important topic! We hope it will provide some helpful information in our industry.