UNCG Gerontology Program

School of Health and Human Sciences

Susan Webster conducted two research projects while working toward a Gerontology certificate and an MFA in Interior Architecture at UNCG. She presented both of these projects at the Graduate Research and Creativity Expo at UNCG and the Interior Design Educators’ Council (IDEC) Regional Conference.

The Expo, which took place on April 9, 2015 on the UNCG campus, provided a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to the public. The IDEC conference was held in Tallahassee, Florida from October 25 – 26, 2014. 

The purpose of the first project, An Architectural Survey of Adult Day Care Centers, was to evaluate the functionality of existing facilities and to learn how designs could be improved to benefit the users of these facilities – persons with dementia and their caregivers.

The second, project The Effects of Living Plants on Cognitive and Behavioral Responses of Persons with Dementia, explored the potential of living plants installed in a memory care facility to positively affect the cognition of the residents.

For more information on Susan Webster, see her portfolio here: