Experts gather to discuss health care solutions for an aging society. Addressing the many issues and challenges created by aging and Alzheimer’s disease draws on the skills of health care and design professionals alike. Faculty in the Alzheimer’s Working Group at Washington State University Spokane brought experts together March 3-4, to discuss the development of a community research agenda on Alzheimer’s and aging that draws on the expertise of a broad array of disciplines.

Guest speakers and WSU faculty are available for interview. To make arrangements, contact Barb Chamberlain, 509.358.7527 (office), 509.869.2949 (cell),

Faculty in the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing also have expertise in issues of aging; to find out more, contact Susan Nielsen, 509.324.7372,

Expert sources on the subject and their topics at the colloquium:

Soo Borson, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Core Investigator, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, University of Washington
“Preventable Harm: Reducing Risks in Dementia”

Margaret Calkins, PhD, M.Arch
President, IDEAS: Innovative Designs in Environment for an Aging Society, Kirtland, Ohio
“Technologies for the Cognitively Impaired: Cognitive Prosthetics & Compensatory Apparatus”

Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, ARNP-BC, FAAN
Co-director, John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University
“A Non-Restrictive Approach to Addressing the Safety Needs of Dementia Patients”

Kurt Johnson, PhD
Director, Center for Technology & Disability Studies, University of Washington
“Assistive Technology to Enhance Cognitive Function”

WSU faculty available for interview on topics related to Alzheimer’s, aging and design:

Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, AIA
Assistant professor of architecture/landscape architecture, Interdisciplinary Design Institute, WSU Spokane
Designing facilities for people with dementia; urban design for an aging society, 509.358.7943

Robert Scarfo, PhD
Associate professor of landscape architecture, Interdisciplinary Design Institute, WSU Spokane
Successful aging; urban design for an aging society; design/health care interdisciplinary dialogues, 509.358.7913

Dennis Dyck, PhD
Associate dean for research; director, Health Research and Education Center, WSU Spokane Mental health issues, 509.358.7618

Brian Gates, PharmD
Clinical assistant professor, pharmacotherapy, WSU Spokane
Medications use in the elderly; pain management in the elderly, 509.534.4300 x372

Cathi Lamoreux, MA, CCC-SLP
Manager, professional development and continuing education, Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, WSU Extension
Horticultural therapy, 509.358.7509

Steve Setter, PharmD, DVM
Assistant professor, pharmacotherapy, certified geriatric pharmacist, certified diabetes educator, WSU Spokane
Medications use in the elderly; health problems found in older adults, including diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis; Pharmaceutical care of home-dwelling older adults from both a practice and clinical perspective, 509.358.7730