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The mission of the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.

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Aging in place design activity in Washington State

  • 1.  Aging in place design activity in Washington State

    Posted 01-28-2016 02:26 PM

    Having spent the last six years of my USDA Forest Service career on the regional Accessibility Team with a wheel chair buddy, I discovered the lifelong concern I have for disabilities.  Being a senior I am very interested in the vast majority of seniors who seek to remain in their unsafe residences to live out their years.

    Clark County has been very aggressive in the senior design issues since forming an Aging Readiness Task Force six years ago.  The current Commission on Aging is focused this year on housing as we meet with the public each month.  I am very interested in making contact with folks who see this vital area and have decided to educate the next generations as we help current seniors.  There is a great deal of misunderstanding and potential wasted effort to be spent unless we educate the community.  Perhaps someone in this area would be willing to share at an up-coming gathering. 

    James Wilson AIA
    Sole Proprietor
    Ridgefield WA