DVD & Book

DVD:  Design for a Lifetime.  This 4-show series can be purchased as a DVD.  This is a valuable resource to educate people about a) the important role played by the built environment, particularly the home, b) what builders, architects, and designers can do for people to enable them to live as independently and successfully as possible.


1.  Watch Design for a Lifetime online:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

2.  Purchase a DVD to share with clients, colleagues, family members, and even donate to your local library to raise awareness!

3.  Request that the show be aired on your local PBS station:  it’s free to them!

For the last two options, please contact producer Jim Aroune at WCNY.

Book:  Independent for Life.  Under the leadership of the Honorable Henry Cisneros, a team of builders, architects, designers along with demographers, economists, and other social scientists have written a book exploring the obstacles and solutions for aging in place.  Esther Greenhouse was a contributor to this book.

DISCLOSURE:  Esther Greenhouse does not financially profit from the sale of the book or DVD described above.





NYSBA Education programs

NAHB’s Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) program

NAHB’s Universal Design/Build CEU


Find a Certified Aging in Place Specialist


AARP CAPS Directory

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Directory of Professionals


Resources regarding Universal Design and Aging in Place


Aging in Community Policy Guide, the American Planning Association

The Center for UD, North Carolina State University


Transgenerational Design Matters

NYSOFA Livable Communities Resource Manual

Stanford Center for Longevity

A Friendly House

Funding Options

The American Planning Association’s Aging in Place Bibliography


Online Courses


The Andrus Gerontology Center’s Fall Prevention Center of Excellence:

University of Buffalo’s IDEA Center


Select Articles by Esther Greenhouse


Capital Commons Quarterly

Using Smart Growth and Universal Design to Link the Needs of Children and the Aging Population

Multi-Generational Community Planning


Cayuga Country Homes