ADDING MULTIMEDIA Delos Well Living Lab Presents Research Agenda to Accelerate Health and Well-Being Interventions in Living Environments of Older People
ROCHESTER, Minnesota – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Well Living Lab, founded in collaboration between Delos and the Mayo Clinic, today announced the launch of a series of studies examining the impact of indoor environments on the risk of airborne infectious diseases, quality of sleep and cognitive function in the elderly. The studies will use the Well Living Lab’s field study platform, in collaboration with seniors’ residence owners and operators, to move its science beyond laboratory walls directly into residence communities to the elderly.
The research initiative will build on the Lab’s recent groundbreaking study on the transmission of aerosol particles in classrooms as well as studies related to the convergence of building and health sciences in residences, offices and other indoor environments. Research results will include providing factual information to the senior living industry to help inform key decisions made by owners and operators as the industry progresses with a greater emphasis on health, welfare and safety.
“With a significant portion of the population over the age of 65, we need to better understand how indoor spaces can positively and negatively impact our health and well-being as we age,” said Peter Scialla, President and Chief Operating Officer of Delos. . “We have invested heavily in engaging with industry stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities they face today. The launch of this initiative marks the start of an industry-wide effort to use the best of science and technology to inform decisions that accelerate the industry’s focus on wellness. as a driver of demand.
The elderly are one of the fastest growing populations. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the population 55 and over increased 27% from 2010 to 2020, 20 times more than those under 55. Many factors play a role in the health and well-being of older people. A recently released report from the World Health Organization noted that more than 55 million people live with dementia worldwide, and that number is expected to reach 139 million by 2050. The characteristics of the indoor environment may reduce transmission rates of airborne diseases, improve the health of the elderly and slow the progression or delay the onset of dementia.
“Improving indoor environments in senior communities could improve quality of life and longevity as well as increase independence and performance,” said Barbara Spurrier, MHA, executive director of the Well Living Lab. “Millions of seniors live with chronic illnesses, dementia and behavioral health problems. The only way to understand indoor environments is to study them, and the multidisciplinary team of scientists and technologists at the Well Living Lab are equipped to conduct this vital research both in the lab and in the field.
The Well Living Lab is the first scientific laboratory entirely dedicated to the conduct and application of human-centered research to understand the interplay between the indoor environment and human health and well-being. The lab is supported by the Well Living Lab Alliance, a consortium of leading global organizations in real estate, construction, technology, design and more. For years, the Well Living Lab has researched and provided information to industry groups regarding the effect of the indoor environment on the health and well-being of occupants. More recently, the lab conducted a study, currently under peer review, evaluating how supplementing HVAC systems with portable air purification units can reduce the concentration, dispersion and deposition of aerosols in a simulated classroom environment. Upcoming research on the elderly will include similar environmental testing in the real world to help identify healthy interventions to improve the well-being of this population.
About the Well Living Lab
The Well Living Lab, founded in collaboration between Delos and the Mayo Clinic, is dedicated to identifying the impact of indoor environments on human health and well-being. He conducts scientific research with human subjects in a simulated real-world environment and shares practical findings that can be applied to improving indoor spaces where people spend around 90 percent of their time. The lab has 5,500 square feet of reconfigurable sensor-rich space adjacent to the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Learn more at welllivinglab.com.
Delos is a wellness real estate and technology company guided by the mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people around the world by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and are playing. Drawing on more than seven years of rigorous research and analysis of the environmental impacts on human health, Delos and its subsidiaries offer a range of evidence-based technologies and solutions for residential, commercial and hotel spaces. Delos is the founder of the WELL Building Standard ™, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and well-being. Its subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute, administers and pursues the development of WELL and promotes its adoption by the market. Delos’ advisory board is made up of leading professionals in the fields of real estate, government policy, medicine and sustainability. For more information on Delos, please visit delos.com.