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Several CAPS graduates contributed to Henry Cisneros’/Stanford Longevity Center’s book on aging in place: Independent for Life.
In the “Letters to the Editor” section of the April 2012 issue of Professional Builder, I address some misconceptions related to Universal Design, accessibility, and disabilities.
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 practitioner’s who have been addressing this for years.
Sharon Tregaskis of Cornell Alumni Magazine takes a look at Esther’s commitment to improving functioning and well-being by use of enabling design as exemplified by the design of her own home.
Glens Falls, Lake George, and adjacent communities have used a Creating Healthy Places grant to address obstacles to aging in place. Esther was brought in as a keynote speaker for a conference, “Enabling Environments: Universal Design, Aging in Place, and Your Community.” Attendees included builders; physical therapists; human service professionals; building, code, and planning officials; government representatives; and many others. This event marks the next phase of a wider examination of existing obstacles and solutions moving towards development and implementation.
Eric Mulvihill of WXHC and Esther discuss the role of UD in Aging in Place to preview her seminar at the Tompkins-Cortland Builders and Remodelers Home Show.
Debbie Grazioso, a former CAPS student of mine, is a remodeler along with her husband, Pasquale. I have been so impressed with Debbie’s efforts to help people age in place and nominated her for Certified Aging in Place Specialist of the Year. Not only was Debbie selected for this honor, but we were both so pleased to learn that others had nominated her, too! Read more about how Debbie has used her CAPS training to remodel homes as well as promote awareness of how to make aging in place a reality.
The Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future sponsored a conference, lead by professor Karl Pillemer, to examine the intersection of the environment and aging. The event focused on three key areas: the natural environment in terms of stewardship and legacy; the natural environment in terms of impacts of climate change; and the built environment from the micro scale of housing to the macro scale of regional planning.
Rural Community Helping Residents Age in Place
Mercy Care for the Adirondacks has been examining the obstacles to aging in place for several years. With the help of Dr. Susan Hunter of the University of Buffalo, a Community Empowerment Plan was developed. As part of an annual series, MCA brought in Esther Greenhouse to present a seminar on the best practices for aging in place vis a vis the built environment.
Esther Greenhouse is an environmental gerontologist, specializing in the impact of the built environment on the level of functioning and well-being of seniors, and is also involved in the broader movement of Universal Design--design for every one, every day. Esther is an advocate for Aging in Place, and furthers this by teaching CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) courses on behalf of NAHB.