The message below is from the NYS Office for the Aging, the Association on Aging in NY, and AARP NY. Here’s your chance to share your ideas for a better path to retirement security, healthy aging, long term services & supports and elder justice in New York State. The New York State Office for the […]
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 […]
Esther Greenhouse was invited to serve as an advisor to a multi-university student team competing in the DOE’s Challenge Home student design competition. Read more about the winning entry.
Moving in with Mom and Dad, or having them move in with you, or maybe inviting your grown spawn and their little spawn to shack up. For some Americans, these are a longed-for ideal; for others, a dreaded nightmare. Whatever your views, know this: The multigenerational household is on the rise. The nuclear family is on […]
We have an incredible opportunity for utilizing design to improve wellness and meet lifestyle desires. When we design for a variety of ages, abilities, and scenarios, all generations can live more independently and satisfied. That’s when we know we have made a difference. Every project and product must take three approaches to achieve enabling design […]
80 is the New 50: AIANY Design for Aging Committee Takes on Housing for the Senior Set For more than a year, the AIANY Design for Aging Committee has been exploring how to design suitable housing that will allow our aging population to continue to live independently. The initiative – BOOMING BOROUGHS: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in […]
Builders know that their homes make a difference in the lives of their customers. But most professionals, whether they are builders, designers, or manufacturers, do not know the extent of that impact. My work focuses on a key concept: Good design enables people to function at their highest level (environmental fit); poor design pushes people […]
INSIDE the lower-level studio of the McBurney Y in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Abba’s 1970s hit “Dancing Queen” is thumping out: “See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen.” Right in step to the bouncing beat is a senior squad of 40 slightly sweaty women and men, ages 60 to 85. Read […]