A clip from "Safe and Usable Outdoor Spaces," one of a new set of three educational videos that provide information to create healthy, inviting outdoor environments for seniors in residential settings at all levels of care.

The set, "Access to Nature, Planning Outdoor Space for Aging," was developed by Susan Rodiek, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M, at the university's Center for Health Systems & Design.

It's tailored for help care providers, policymakers, educators, designers and consumer advocates.

The video shows that by using the right elements, outdoor spaces that were previously underutilized can now become inviting, functional, and well used.

Case studies, 3-D animated examples, diagrams and sketches show how to transform existing areas by emphasizing features that appeal to residents, while supporting their need for autonomy and independence.

For more information about the series, visit accesstonature.org or call the Center for Health Systems & Design, 979.458.1193.

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