special projects

IndforLifecoverIndependent for Life

Under the vision and leadership of the Honorable Henry Cisneros, and the Stanford Center on Longevity, a diverse team from both academia and industry have created a book examining the obstacles to, and solutions for, aging in place in our society.

Book available for purchase!


Senior-Focused Emergency Center at Holy Cross Hospital

Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of Eden Alternative and The Green House Project, invited Esther to consult on the nation’s first senior-focused emergency center at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Esther’s primary purpose was to create a paradigm shift among senior staff:  to see the power of the hospital environment to disable or enable.  Her work with the team led to an assessment and set of recommendations for use by the design team.

Listen to the story on NPR.


Bethany Village logoBethany Village

Ongoing advisor to 100 acre full-service senior housing campus.  Projects include:  guidance on redesign of existing wing; in-service trainings for staff regarding built environment + physiological needs of residents; developing design standards.


book cover for 30 Lessons for Living

30 Lessons for Living

A wonderful book by renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer, 30 Lessons for Living,  is the result of 5 years of seeking out wisdom from seniors around the nation.  Hear Dr. Pillemer discuss the project on the PBS News Hour.