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Welcome to Environmental Geriatrics

Environmental Geriatrics is the study and application of design principles to interiors and products to optimize the health, function, and well-being of older adults.

Multimedia Course: 3D Animated Virtual Home

Clinicians can serve as a valuable resource to patients and their caregivers by providing them with advice and information on how to avoid excess disability through age-appropriate design. This 3D animated course, Environmental Geriatrics: Improving Function & Safety, is designed for medical students and primary care physicians as well as other healthcare professionals involved in the care of older patients.


Jane Brody's Personal Health Column in The New York Times is featuring and, which are the work of Weill Cornell Academic Staff, Rosemary Bakker, and Faculty Member Dr. Mark Lachs. Ms. Bakker is the Director and Dr. Lachs is on the Advisory Board of ThisCaringHome.

3D Animation

Our 3D animated virtual home and patient combines sound, text, and moving images, allowing physicians to:

  • Experience virtually the effect of visual impairments, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma, while interacting with the environment (e.g., descending stairs).

  • Make a virtual home visit with an older patient who has reduced visual, hearing, mobility, and memory skills.

  • Witness virtual patients unnecessarily struggling to accomplish daily tasks of living (e.g., bathing, eating, transferring, ambulating, and taking medications).

  • Observe patients encountering remediable environmental hazards that increase fall and burn risk, which are not usually observable in practice.

  • Identify specific assistive devices and environmental features that improve patients' ADL/IADL functioning while reducing injury risk.

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