Free Spirited Boomers provide Accessibility

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Tom and Ginny Conway, owners of Free Spirit Mobility share their thoughts on their very important work.   “Collectively, the committed staff of Free Spirit Mobility in Greer, South Carolina, has over 75 years of hands-on experience helping people overcome challenges to daily living…challenges resulting from injury and  illness…. and challenges which occur naturally as […]

Featured Professional:  Robert Nichols, Architect

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Brief Bio – Robert Nichols was born and grew up in Princeton, NJ. He has a profound hearing loss since birth.  He graduated from Cornell University in 1979 and 1981, where he studied architecture and urban design for B.Arch and M.Arch. degree programs, under the leadership of Emeritus Prof. Colin Rowe (deceased). Work as Owner […]

Quick Demo: How to Widen Doorways

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Bev Van Phillips, an OT with Home Access Solutions, and a former CAPS student of mine, put together this short & informative video to explain methods of widening doors to respect the widths of wheelchairs and walkers. 

CAPABLE: Simple Home Mods to Enable Independence

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A team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the School of Public Health are engaged in a crucial research project.  CAPABLE:  Community Aging in Place–Advancing Better Living for Elders provides assessments by occupational therapists for low-income seniors in relation to their home environment.  Interventions include medication management by providing pill organizers […]

Misconceptions about Universal Design Reinforced

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Remodeling Magazine Focuses on Universal Design The June issue of Remodeling magazine has several important articles on Universal Design.  However, the one on selling UD completely misses the mark.  While it is full of good information, it is not about UD although it is about Aging in Place and Accessible Design.  For more on my perspective, read my letter […]

Leading Design Innovation Report: Enabling Design Fills the Gap

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Professional Builder’s annual look at the trends impacting housing can be found in the June/July issue.  My concept of Enabling Design and how it relates to the micro, meso, and macro scale of product, housing, and community designs, was one of the featured articles.  The overview articles provide an informative assessment of the demographic, economic, and […]

Climate Change and Older Adults

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While we only experienced minor flooding in the Ithaca area, the weather in our country over the past couple of weeks has been extreme and varied.  For those of us with interest in any or all of the areas of housing, community planning, seniors, and persons with disabilities, concerted effort and attention must be paid […]

Booming Boroughs

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In mid-May I traveled to NYC for an exciting event:  The Booming Boroughs design Charrette.  This one-day event hosted 5 interdisciplinary teams of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, social workers, gerontologists, advocates, physicians, and community members.  The teams examined the issues of aging in a variety of standard regional housing options:  single apartment, walk-up, low-rise, […]

NEW CLIENT: BETHANY VILLAGE

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15 years ago I was an interim lecturer at Cornell University teaching a design studio on special populations.  The final project was the redesign of the Memory Care unit at Bethany Village, a senior housing campus.  My students and I enjoyed working with then director, Tom Santobianco and his staff.  Tom has since become CEO […]