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 […]

Multigen Housing Needs

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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 […]

Enabling Design as a Vision for Housing & Community Planning

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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 […]