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: […]

Considering Different Bathing Solutions: Door Kits vs. Walk-In Shower

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Recently, I read about the perceived value of door kit tub conversion kits, which involve cutting out the tub wall and installing a door for access.  The author, who is also an installer, wrote that many of his senior clients have chosen this option, because of cost and less intensive renovation.  The example given was […]

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 […]

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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, […]

2012 Remodeling Show

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This was my first time attending the Remodeling Show and I was very impressed at how well organized it was.  A pleasure as both a speaker and attendee! I co-presented a seminar “Technology for Aging in Place:  Understand Their Needs, Expand Your Business” with my colleague, Debra Young, an Occupational Therapist, who owns EmpowerAbility. The […]