Articles on "Remodeling and Universal Design"

Senior Care: Fall Prevention and Acute Rehabilition
February 15, 2011 3:36 pm

Senior Care: Fall Prevention and Acute Rehabilition

On February 3rd over 100 senior-serving professionals gathered for networking and a great lunch at the newest acute rehabilitation center in the DC Metro area, HealthSouth of Northern Virginia. Featured speakers include Medical Director Dominique L. Vinh, MD, Associate Medical Director Dr. Zuggo-Liszka from HealthSouth of Northern Virginia. In addition Tony Scheaffer of the Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Coalition discussed the organizations exciting new developments and opportunities. Videos of the ProAging Meeting Please view the following videos that were graciously […]

Living Senior: Sample of poor design for wheelchair ramps
September 15, 2010 2:09 pm

Living Senior: Sample of poor design for wheelchair ramps

This photo is compliments of Strategies for Independent Living, it illustrates a common problem of designing an accessible entrance without a skilled professional assisting.  Universal Design is a very specialize practice and its important to work with someone who is experienced. For more resources, click here to search our directory of contractor that understand aging in place, universal design and remodeling for accessiblity.

September 14, 2010 12:06 pm

GMU Professor Names Top “NANA” Technologies for Elders in 2010

List Describes Technologies that Can Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults In honor of National Grandparents Day and Assisted Living Week, George Mason University professor Andrew Carle has released his annual list of the best high-tech products for older adults. Carle, director of Mason’s Program in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration, coined the term “Nana” Technology in 2004 to define the growing industry of microchip-based products for seniors. “With the first of 78 million Baby Boomer’s turning 65 on January […]

May 18, 2009 1:24 pm

Make Homes Safer for Active Adult and Senior Living

There is no question that for many Americans, home is where the heart is. Contrary to popular stereotypes, most older adults close to retirement age do not choose to pack up and move to warmer climates in their retirement years. According to a recent AARP study, nearly ninety percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their current home and community. And who can blame them? It’s the place they’ve shared their lives together and often raised a […]

May 15, 2009 4:39 pm

Find an Aging in Place Specialist in Home Health Aide

Countless studies have shown that homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to age in a familiar place, but when daily life can become too much to manage, substantial home alternations may be necessary. Certified Aging-In-Place specialists (CAPS) can help reconcile the need for a familiar environment with the need to prioritize safety and accessibility. Such specialists have been trained in the specific needs of the older adult population and unique ways to modify homes. They are also experts in designing common remodeling projects […]

May 5, 2009 12:00 pm

How to Assess Your Home as Healthcare Ready

As a person ages, everyday activities often become challenging. This results in a lower quality of life on many levels, from the physical to the psychological. The results of a unique home intervention study showed that individualizing home evaluations and involving the patient in decision-making can have a dramatic positive effect on functional abilities. The following interview with Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D, a research sociologist and professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and director of the Center for Applied […]

May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Taking on the Challenge of Caregiving

One of the biggest challenges for caregivers that support a family member or a loved one while managing their own lives is finding balance. It can be difficult finding time for themselves between working full-time, ensuring their loved one is safe while they’re working, and then making time to care for that person outside of work. However difficult that may be, caregivers can find solace in knowing that their loved ones are being taken care of, and there are ways […]

December 27, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: An Accessible and Safer Home

Inabelle Levin has always loved going to the opera and attending concerts and plays. But among her various interests, nothing compares to her passion for teaching. And through her personal determination and research along with the help of Greg Sieb, an aging-in-place specialist, she can now remain at home working as an academic tutor. For several months, Inabelle’s family and friends were urging her to move into an assisted living home. Due to the difficulty she has with mobility, they […]

December 13, 2007 12:00 am

Community Retirement: The Neighborhood You Dream About

The Village Movement is prompting communities to think about creative solutions for aging in place. Imagine you are living in a community where you know your neighbors. Imagine that your patio needs weeding, and you prefer not to do it. In this neighborhood, a simple phone call can have someone over to take care of your weeding. Perhaps you need some home repairs, or you are returning home from the hospital after surgery and need some assistance. In this neighborhood, […]

Living Senior: The Partnership Between AARP and Rebuilding Together
September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Living Senior: The Partnership Between AARP and Rebuilding Together

Today, Edith of Alexandria, Va. is thankful for a group of community citizens who, in 1986, noticed a major problem and became the solution. With the city’s lack of a program offering free home repairs to low-income residents, these individuals created its Rebuilding Together affiliate (RTA), in which their main concern was the well-being of the elderly, disabled, and families with children. Existing in all 50 states, Rebuilding Together is the nation’s largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization and is only […]