Senior Friendly: Healthcare Design’s New Frontier

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With the enormous growth of the senior population, patients, visitors, and staff are increasingly over the age of 50.  We are long overdue for healthcare environments which are designed to enable the typical age-related changes which occur.  Richard Peck, editor of Healthcare Design, examines the convergence between senior design and healthcare design, citing the work of […]

Aging Boomers Limited by Community Design

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http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2012-03-25/Few-US-cities-are-ready-for-aging-baby-boomer-population/53765292/1 The obstacles and limitations faced by non-driving and reduced-driving seniors is not only limited to cities, but suburbs, and rural areas as well. Unfortunately, this article is right-we are way behind the curve in terms of meeting the needs of non-driving seniors.   The saddest part?   1-we knew this was coming, statistical data […]

Last chance for courses–Register today!

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The CAPS and Universal Design/Build courses will be offered this month in NYS.  This is the last time they will be offered this spring. CAPS March 19 & 20, Builders Assoc. of the Hudson Valley, New Windsor NY March 26 & 27, Capitol Region Builders and Remodelers Assoc., Queensbury, NY Universal Design/Build March 22 & […]

Don’t Miss the Free Webinar on March 9th!

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The Economic Impacts and Opportunities of Families: Children, Elders, and Caregivers Friday, March 9, 2012, 1:00-2:30 PM EST (noon to 1:30 PM CT) Demographic transformation creates challenges opportunities for all communities. Retiring Baby Boomers are making new demands of the built environment, community services, and housing alternatives. Children and youth require investment to ensure healthy growth […]

last chance for free webinar!

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 Last chance to register for FREE WEBINAR!  This Monday, 10am-12pm EST, I am presenting a webinar on “Enabling Environments:  Housing a Resource for Successful Aging in Place,” examining societal trends which indicate that design should be considered a missing variable in public health. Sponsored by NYS Office for Aging, NYVA, NY Planning Federation, NYS Builders […]

Marvin Windows & Doors Praises Universal Design Products Tour

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Greetings from IBS, the International Builders Show. The 50+ Housing Council’s 2nd Annual Universal Design Products Tour was a success with both attendees and manufacturers.   Industry leader Marvin Windows & Doors was one of 20 manufacturers selected for this event.  Marvin’s booth featured such UD products as their Ultimate Glider window.   Preview the […]

On the way to Builders Show!

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Will you be joining me at the International Builders Show in Orlando this week? For events focusing on 50+ Housing and Universal Design, check out: http://www.buildersshow.com/Global/EventFrame.aspx?url=http%3A//ibs12.buildersshow.com/5_0/sessions/

Playgrounds for Seniors!

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I just finished taping an interview for my friend & colleague, Michael Cohen.  Michael is founder of “Must Have Play” which designs and builds playgrounds for seniors.  Michael is creating a short video to explain his work.  Think about it:  spaces that are designed to encourage wellness, movement, improve balance and strength.  Environments which create […]