elderly couple cooking in the kitchen

Home Renovation for the Golden Years

Home renovations often center on upgrading the kitchen cabinets or selecting a new paint color for the bedroom, but as long as you are at it, a well-thought-out redesign might ...
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Universal Design for Every Age and Stage of Life

Embracing accessible design is not just for seniors, but it also benefits millennials, Gen-Xers and baby boomers in making their home more efficient, easier to use and safer ...
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A prefab house in the Pacific Northwest

A House Built For Aging In Place

When Judi and David Cornis, who is a wheelchair user, enlisted the Seattle-based prefab company FabCab to build their residence in Port Townsend, Washington, they asked for a space that ...
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University at Buffalo architecture and planning students work on a Habitat for Humanity home on Buffalo's East Side in June 2016.

Designing a home for all, for the long haul

UB-Habitat for Humanity pilot project aims to incorporate universal design principles into agency’s home renovation, construction ...
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Steve Saling helped design features of the Leonard Florence Center's Dapper McDonald ALS Residence, intended to preserve the independence of those with ALS, where he is a resident.

Architect with ALS designs a residence he can control with just blinks

CHELSEA, Mass. — Steve Saling is sitting in his bedroom at the Leonard Florence Center for Living just north of Boston. He aims his gaze at the tablet mounted to his ...
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Shouldn’t all homes be inclusive?

I have to say I particularly enjoy the challenge of getting stuck in to an individual home project.  It’s extremely rewarding to see how much of a difference a bit ...
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Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide

According to FEMA, each year approximately 17,500 people are injured and 3,400 die because of fire.1 There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique ...
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If you're looking to renovate your home so as to be more accommodating to a person with a disability, then there are many considerations that you will need to keep ...
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Infographic — 6 Ways to Accommodate Aging in Place

According to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP, nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long ...
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Affordable housing must be designed with accessibility in mind

After decades of more or less ignoring this pressing social need, the federal government is poised to enact a new strategy on housing – and it will line up with ...
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A Lesson in Universal Design: How to Make Stairs Safer for All

One of the most dangerous stairs people encounter each day are the ones leading into the house from the garage. Often these are cheap, prebuilt MDF stairs that are narrow, ...
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The Next Frontier for Compact Walkability? It’s gotta be the burbs

This weekend in Miami, the Congress for the New Urbanism is staging one of the periodic Councils it uses to focus perspectives and best practices on topics of growing concern ...
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Designing a modern home with accessibility in mind

The oldest baby boomers turn 70 this year. And while that may be the new 55 for some, many will face tough decisions in the coming decade. Toughest of all ...
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Bonnie Heath, left, interprets for Gayle Northcott, right, in Northcott's current home in Winnipeg.

Deaf-blind housing project will be 1st of its kind in Manitoba

Winnipeg will soon be one of the first cities in Canada to have specialized housing designed for people who are both deaf and blind. Bonnie Heath, executive director of the ...
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Once A Pipe Dream, Disability Community Nearing Completion

LAKELAND, Fla. – Merely a pipe dream for the past 18 years, The Villages at Noah’s Landing is nearing completion. Quaint, colorful and secluded on 56 acres of semi-wooded prime real ...
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Universal Design Allows Aging in Place

The first barrier to accessing any home is the entrance. When searching for a home, we often ask ourselves if it's a place where we can grow old, but we don't ...
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Incorporating Subtle Universal Design Into Your Home

If you are building a home from scratch or thinking about a major remodel, you might want to consider incorporating universal design into your home. Universal design is the concept ...
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Student-designers make spaces, products more accessible

From a wheelchair-friendly home bathroom to computer equipment that’s easier on arthritic hands, student innovators from across California designed products and spaces to better serve individuals of all abilities for ...
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Building Homes with Accessibility in Mind

In 2015, the U.S. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 56 million Americans have some sort ...
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The Coming Decade for Residential Design

In the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey, leading residential architecture firms provided their vision for the next 10 years in terms of home layout; features, systems, and products; neighborhood and ...
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a sustainable universal design home designed by Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband, Mark Leder

Universal design: going beyond ADA requirements

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, about one in seven Americans is disabled. That number is likely to increase significantly in the next 30 years, as the population of baby ...
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Demand for Home Health Technology on the Rise

Builders and remodelers should expect a rise in demand for home health technology as more and more boomers retire. According to AARP, the majority of adult children (88%) and older adults ...
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Mother Knows Best

Most Americans will be aging-in-place by choice or necessity according to a National Survey on Housing and Home Modification Issues conducted by AARP. [1] The Administration on Aging reported that ...
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Universal design for the less-able

The term “universal design” has made its way into the industry recently, but what does it really mean and how will it impact on design? Universal design allows everyone, to ...
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UB IDeA Center receives $4.6 million federal grant

The University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) has received a fourth round of federal funding to continue its work on a wide range of ...
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Disabilities and public housing: A closer look

Almost two out of every five working-age (age 25 to 61) public housing residents report having a disability, compared with about 1 out of 10 (11 percent) of the entire ...
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Interior view of a project room that features work surfaces with knee space below, a clear circulation path, a floor free of area rugs and other obstructions, and plenty of natural light

Be the Solution: A Universal Design Primer

This project room features work surfaces with knee space below, a clear circulation path, a floor free of area rugs and other obstructions, and plenty of natural light ...
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Housing Design and Play: Exploring the links

In October last year I embarked upon a study with my architecture post-graduate students at University of East London. In the masters unit that I run, I am interested in ...
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Homeowners Get Ready to ‘Age in Place’

Baby boomers spend on improvements that will allow them to stay in their houses longer ...
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Designer Focuses On Interiors For Those With Autism

This peaceful environment is entirely by design. When you have a child child with autism, calm is a precious commodity — and Paron-Wildes has become an expert at creating it, ...
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2014 homes for life major space remodel category winner

NAHB Remodelers Bestows Homes for Life Awards for Excellence in Aging-in-Place Remodeling

“Style and accessibility are the hallmarks of the Homes for Life award-winning projects,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGR, CGP, a remodeler from Waterville Valley, N.H. “These innovative ...
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diagrammatic floor plan of house showing what one family's movements and activities looked like

Data-Driven Architecture

A few years ago, a group of UCLA anthropologists and archeologists conducted one of the most thorough studies of how people live in the United States. The study took 32 ...
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Course Focuses On Interior Design For Those On The Spectrum

Tara Filegar begged to be in the first-ever Seminole State College class about interior design for people with autism. The topic hits close to home for Filegar. Her 13-year-old son, ...
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exterior view of award winning home designed by larry taff, caps

A Home for a Lifetime

To make a split-level home functional for a family member returning from a nursing home, Larry Taff, CAPS, of TZ of Madison, Inc. in Madison, Wis., added a single-level screened ...
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CAPS Presentation: Another Tool in Your Marketing Arsenal

Are you a CAPS designee – or Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist – looking for a new way to promote this specialized remodeling niche that’s becoming more popular among your boomer customers?  NAHB has a ...
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CAPABLE program team helps Baltimore’s elderly stay in homes

Sarah Szanton spent years as a nurse practitioner calling on low-income elderly patients in West Baltimore. She tells the story of a 101-year-old patient living in a public housing high-rise ...
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Home Safety Checklists

AARP's Home Safety Checklist can help you identify and address various hazards around your home. Every year in the United States, nearly one-third of people age-65+ experience a fall. Among ...
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Universal Design Takes the Stage at IBS

Speakers Susanne Tauke, owner and president of New American Homes, a custom builder and developer in the Chicago area, and Beth Tauke, associate dean in the School of Architecture and ...
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Design for life. AKA design for: all, access, lifespan, universal, inclusive, adaptive and more

What parent hasn’t cursed steps and stairs as they’ve hauled a baby laden stroller up them? Or protected sharp corners from impact by a pre-schooler’s head? Who hasn’t slipped in ...
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Designing for Acoustics, Hearing and Aging

The American Society of Interior Designers has some information about designing for people with hearing loss on their website. An article written by Samantha McAskill, ASID, lists various tips for ...
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NAHB Remodelers Bestows 2013 Homes for Life Awards

The National Association of Home Builders Remodelers group recently announced 2 winners of its annual Homes for Life awards, which recognize great design for aging in place and Universal Design ...
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Life and Death in Assisted Living

More and more elderly Americans are choosing to spend their later years in assisted living facilities, which have sprung up as an alternative to nursing homes. But is this loosely ...
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CAPABLE Study to Research Benefits of Aging in Place

Johns Hopkin’s CAPABLE study is reaching out to 800 low-income residents of Baltimore to gather data on whether simple interventions can allow people to remain in their homes longer. The ...
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Aging in Place Checklist

Remodeling Magazine ran a short article about Dan Bawden of Legal Eagle Contracting, and how he approaches working with clients wishing to age-in-place. Bawden helped write the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) ...
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Future Communities Must be Sustainable and UD

We came across a great post on the American Architectual Foundation's website that not only outlines the importance of Universal Design and visitability, but also explores their relationship to sustainable ...
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City Hall to Help with Aging In Place

In Virginia, the City of Alexandria is offering home improvement programs to help residents enhance the safety and comfort of their homes. The Home Rehabilitation loan program is administered through ...
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NORCs – A New Aging In Place Solution

A new alternative to current senior living has emerged in cities across the United States, including the major metropolitain area New York City. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, or "NORCs," is ...
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No Place Like Home

The October issue of PN Magazine contains a great article that explores the economic benefits that we as a society could gain by investing in Aging in Place. Written by ...
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Senior couple (60s) sitting on wooden deck with water view. Intracoastal Waterway, Florida.

Are Older Americans Optimistic about the Future?

Are older Americans financially prepared for their retirement years? Do they feel optimistic about the future? Several recent news articles have tackled the issue, but with all of the contradictory ...
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Simple Home Modification for Aging in Place

This fact sheet produced by Kansas State University provides an overview of easy and inexpensive home modifications that can aid older adults planning to age in place. Simple modifications like ...
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Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus