Design for Aging


Latest Discussion Posts

  • For the upcoming Blueprints for Senior Living Newsletter we are seeking articles on new innovations in senior living design. Articles could feature just about anything ranging from new innovations in building design, garden approaches, use of technology...

  • In response to Charles Graham's posting, I agree that "Universal Design" isn't quite "Universal". Perhaps "Socially Sustainable Design" is a better term. I've heard that used a lot as well. There is no way that Universal...

  • Richard- I too agree with your comments-- and would suggest going to the paper and talking with them about doing a special feature about houses built to UD standards-- I think a lot of the ignorance comes from our societal perspective that young...

  • Richard, your point is spot on. I speak with residential architects and builders all of the time and they often don't understand the issue, and don't know where to start. I speak with communities that are losing their older residents because they can...

  • The term, "Universal Design" is a misnomer, in that the design is simply not universal. A few examples would be the lack of ablution hoses and eastern water closets, woks in the kitchen, kitchen cabinets designed for the 4'-0" tall person,...

Announcements

  • A New Take on Old

    By Steve Cimino for AIA Architect

    Alexis Denton, AIA, works in SmithGroupJJR’s San Francisco office and focuses on the design of senior living communities. A gerontologist and a member of AIA’s Design for Aging Knowledge Community Advisory Group, she advocates for transforming the perception of “what everyone expects ‘old folks housing’ to look like.” For Denton, changing perceptions starts with changing the way a senior living community looks. “My pipe dream is to create a place where anyone might walk by and think, ‘I want to live in a place like that,’ ” she says.

  • 2015 State of the Art of Person-Centered Care Benchmarking Survey

    It's been almost a decade since the last national survey explored how care communities are moving away from more traditional systems of care and adopting individualized care practices. Whether it's a change in how meals are served, daily routines, or an enhanced physical environment, the momentum for change is growing. Even CMS is looking to embed Person-Centered Care much more deeply in their regulations. It is time that we take stock of how care communities are adopting Person-Centered Care Practices. 

    Please tell us what you have been doing in this arena. Nursing homes that offer short and/or long term care and assisted living communities are invited to participate in the 2015 State of the Art of Person-Centered Care Benchmark Study. We are looking to recruit more than 2000 care communities, so we need your help!

Community Blogs

  • By Gary Nowitz / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, August 2016 “Universal Design” is a relatively new concept in architecture. Universal Design initiatives seek to create buildings that feature not only easy access but also especially-designed...

  • By Steve Scheirman / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, August 2016 Universal design – It sounded compelling and intriguing when I first heard of it. Sounded like something an architect would certainly know about, but I didn’t. Would...

  • I recently presented this topic to a group of caregivers in Williamsburg, Virginia. Yes, caregiving - as in what some of you may be doing right now while balancing your busy careers with caring for a loved one like an older parent, sibling, spouse...

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  • Wei Wu, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Department of Construction Management, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30458. Email: wwu@georgiasouthern.edu , Tel: (912) 478-0542 The story went back to fall 2011. I received an email from a local...

  • Architects can design homes, but not families. We can only design spaces as stages for stories to take place. Likewise, the blueprint for senior living involves space planning for a safe environment, but a successful blueprint requires more than the...

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