Summit Helps Region Address Housing Issues

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On June 19, Networks Northwest hosted a Regional Housing Summit to explore key issues faced by communities.  The overarching issue was the lack of workforce housing, brought to light by ongoing feedback from the region’s communities, as well as studies conducted by Networks Northwest. Networks Northwest (formerly the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments) is an […]

AARP Launches Livability Index at APA

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Age-Friendly Communities For the past several years, AARP has been supporting U.S. communities to meet the WHO’s Age-Friendly Communities Initiative via their Livable Communities/Age-Friendly Communities program.  There are countless resources available on the AARP website to support communities interested in developing and implementing an Age-Friendly plan.  In addition, AARP representatives in each state can provide guidance and information at […]

OTA Students become Certified Aging in Place Specialists

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The OTA Program In the classroom, students in the SUNY Orange Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program learn body mechanics, biology and about specific physiological conditions.  Faculty provide a foundation of understanding of typical abilities as well as a client’s unique abilities related to aging, accident, and disease.  SUNY Orange OTA students have opportunities to observe […]

TAKE ACTION: NYS Bill Proposes Aging In Place Task Force

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There is increasing focus on prevention and health rather than illness and treatment in many arenas of U.S. society.  In the planning world, this can be seen in the increasing push for walkable communities to improve the health of the citizenry.  As decades of non-walkers are showing, sedentary lives lead to preventable conditions such as […]

participate in planning survey

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For the past year I served as an advisor for a special project in Cornell University’s City and Regional Planning program.  Graduate students of  the “Planning through a Gender Lens” seminar course collaborated with professionals from the American Planning Association’s Planning and Women Division to explore gender and aging issues.  With a grant from the […]

Help Develop App for Furniture Selection

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A colleague at Cornell is developing an app for professionals to find and compare furniture.  Please read the information below and participate in the survey.  Share with your colleagues, please!  Hopefully, you all will be benefitting from this tool before too long. Are you a professional in interior design and architectural design? Have you ever […]

Adapted Living Spaces

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I met Barbaro Ponce of Adapted Living Spaces a few years ago in Boise, Idaho.  I was brought in by Best Bath Systems to teach CAPS classes and to give a presentation on enabling design to their residential dealers.  Barbaro is a residential dealer for Best Bath, and was there for the trainings and fun that […]

AARP NY Working to Meet Needs of 50+ residents

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On Thursday Oct. 9 I had the pleasure of being one of approximately 20 attendees at an AARP NY BoomTown event in Syracuse, NY.  I was accompanied by my colleague, Dr. Mildred Warner of Cornell University, with whom I have collaborated on multigenerational planning issues. This event was one in a series of statewide BoomTown events […]

Best Bath Accessible Bathing Seminar

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Best Bath Systems NE Commercial Salesmanager Cal Osborn delivered a lunch and learn seminar at HOLT Architects in Ithaca, NY.  This one hour session on Accessible Bathing provided the architectural staff with an AIA Health, Safety, and Welfare CEU. Best Bath is a family owned company that has been working to enable all individuals by providing respectful bathing […]