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 […]

Home & Garden Shows focus on Enabling Design

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Home Builders Associations have a wonderful opportunity to increase interest and awareness in the power of enabling design.  This past winter I had the pleasure of consulting for the CNY HBA as they intended to focus on aging in in place.  I suggested we broaden the focus to enabling design across the lifespan. The team, […]

Aging in Place Track well attended at National Planning Conference

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The American Planning Association (APA) held the annual National Planning Conference in Chicago April 13-April 17.  There were six aging-focused sessions and two facilitated discussions.  Three of those events were selected and sponsored by specific APA divisions.  Planning professionals were clearly looking for information on meeting the needs of older residents, and when given the […]

Does Gender Matter in Planning for Aging?

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A panel of national experts from a variety of disciplines addressed this issue at the National Planning Conference on April 14. “YES” was the resounding answer, as Jana Lynott of the AARP Public Policy Institute presented the demographics. Women are the primary caregivers for children and aging parents. Women are the primary caregivers for their aging spouses. […]

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 […]