Walkable Streets for Seniors at APA Chicago, Part 1

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A panel of experts presented on issues related to street design, safety, and seniors in the context of the Complete Streets movement. Jordana Maisel of the IDEA Center of the University of Buffalo, shared her past & current research efforts.  While several organizations have created informative useful resources, Jordana observed the need for a focus on implementation. Research revealed […]

Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) Reaches Milestone

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March 2013 The CAPS program is celebrating a major milestone:  5000 graduates!  For more information, check out this article on NAHB.org. Do you know how CAPS came to be? In 2000, AARP conducted a study, Fixing to Stay, which found that over 80% of people 45 and older surveyed expressed a desire to age in place: […]

Age-Friendly New York + World Health Organization

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Have you read and utilized the terrific resource “Creating an Age-Friendly NYC One Neighborhood at a Time”? Created by the New York Academy of Medicine, the Office of the Mayor, and the New York City Council, this document explains the rationale of intentionally planning, designing, and implementing physical and programmatic features to enable the seniors […]

Elevated Bathtubs: Practical Innovation

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Recently, at the International Builders Show, while leading a Universal Design Day Products Tour, I had the opportunity to show two innovative products.  Investing in an elevated tub such as Best Bath’s ADL Spa or Kohler’s Elevance is something which deserves consideration.  These two products are the most innovative solutions in bathing. They cost approximately $7K […]

With Christine Marvin at IBS 2013

MARVIN hosts seminar on Universal Design at IBS 2013

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At the International Builders Show last week, Marvin Windows & Doors hosted a seminar on universal design and enabling design in their hospitality suite. The event was well attended by builders, architects, dealers, and distributors from across the nation who were very interested in hearing about design which enables.   Afterwards, attendees went down to the […]

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MARVIN embraces Universal Design

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Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working with Marvin Windows & Doors.  Marvin is a family-owned company dedicated to the quality of their products, to their employees, to the industry, and to their legacy.  Did you know that Marvin did not lay off one single employee during the Great Recession, […]

Thriving in the Middle

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Last week I taught CAPS in the Albany, NY area.  One of the attendees, Kathleen Cleary, a Certified Senior Advisor, has an interesting and helpful business, Thriving in the Middle.  This business name refers to the concept “sandwich generation” describing adults (typically women) caring for their own families while simultaneously caring for their aging parents, […]