Impact of Virtual Healthcare on an Aging Population

The E. Todd Wheeler Health Fellowship is for emerging healthcare design and planning leaders. Named for the late architect E. Todd Wheeler, a design visionary and principal of the firm, this fellowship is awarded each year to graduates who demonstrate a passion for advancing healthcare excellence through transformative built environments. I was awarded this fellowship in the year 2021. 

This research aims to present the impact that COVID-19 had in the field of geriatrics. The article showcases challenges faced and current behavioral trends seen in the elderly population post-pandemic as it pertains to their healthcare needs. The elderly is the most vulnerable group of patients that the social care systems and healthcare providers across the world need to care for.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the effects of these evolving trends on healthcare facilities and care spaces, and to identify new ways of designing our everyday environment. The findings bring out the urgent need to rethink design of the built environment to make it truly inclusive and universal for healthy well-being in the present and in the future.

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