Kathy Clerkin, works out six mornings a week at the Southtowns Family YMCA. She delivers Meals on Wheels every Monday. She belongs to three hiking clubs. The University at Buffalo Center for Successful Aging wants to help create a lot more Kathy Clerkins.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.