25 min

Episode 6:7 Sarah Thomas on Taking a Human-Centered Approach to Preserving Resident Quality of Life Glowing Older

    • Business

Learn how inclusive and inspiring designs foster a sense of purpose, encourage community and engagement, and improve physical, emotional, and mental health.

About Sarah

Sarah is CEO of the consulting firm Delight by Design, which creates age-inclusive products, brands, spaces, and experiences that delight the consumer at every age. She is an accomplished leader of innovation, serving as a global aging expert advising startups, large corporations, and investors. For nearly 20 years, she has been dedicated to transforming the aging experience.

Sarah has held key leadership positions across the US and Asia, developing and implementing strategic corporate innovation initiatives, including change management. She serves as the Executive-in-Residence at Aging2.0and is a principal consultant in the Nexus Insights a firm specializing in aging transformation. She most recently led all commercial activity for Seismic Holdings - a Silicon Valley-based company shaping human potential through integration of apparel and robotics to augment human strength and performance. Sarah’s commercial expertise helped position the organization for esteemed recognition by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, The Economist and CES.

A published author, she serves in multiple advisory positions, sits on numerous boards and is an accomplished keynote speaker on topics such as healthy longevity and aging innovations.

Key Takeaways


Aging in place does not necessarily mean staying in the primary home—it is wherever you choose to call home. People can visit family or move into a 6-months cruise ship or move onto a for a year.
Taking a human-centered approach in the senior living setting means preserving the quality of the lifestyle that residents had at home.
Innovators are finding creative ways of meeting people's needs wherever they live. Senior living providers are developing services beyond the walls of their communitiesto capitalize on the overwhelming desire to age in place.
If big changes aren’t possible, small things can make a big difference such as updating colors or finding alternative uses for space.

Learn how inclusive and inspiring designs foster a sense of purpose, encourage community and engagement, and improve physical, emotional, and mental health.

About Sarah

Sarah is CEO of the consulting firm Delight by Design, which creates age-inclusive products, brands, spaces, and experiences that delight the consumer at every age. She is an accomplished leader of innovation, serving as a global aging expert advising startups, large corporations, and investors. For nearly 20 years, she has been dedicated to transforming the aging experience.

Sarah has held key leadership positions across the US and Asia, developing and implementing strategic corporate innovation initiatives, including change management. She serves as the Executive-in-Residence at Aging2.0and is a principal consultant in the Nexus Insights a firm specializing in aging transformation. She most recently led all commercial activity for Seismic Holdings - a Silicon Valley-based company shaping human potential through integration of apparel and robotics to augment human strength and performance. Sarah’s commercial expertise helped position the organization for esteemed recognition by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, The Economist and CES.

A published author, she serves in multiple advisory positions, sits on numerous boards and is an accomplished keynote speaker on topics such as healthy longevity and aging innovations.

Key Takeaways


Aging in place does not necessarily mean staying in the primary home—it is wherever you choose to call home. People can visit family or move into a 6-months cruise ship or move onto a for a year.
Taking a human-centered approach in the senior living setting means preserving the quality of the lifestyle that residents had at home.
Innovators are finding creative ways of meeting people's needs wherever they live. Senior living providers are developing services beyond the walls of their communitiesto capitalize on the overwhelming desire to age in place.
If big changes aren’t possible, small things can make a big difference such as updating colors or finding alternative uses for space.

25 min

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