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The Home for Life ‘Virtual Home’ 2015 Edition

Universal design is about creating an attractive, stylish space that everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in or visit — even as needs change. The 2015 Home for Life “virtual home” project by Hanley Wood, publisher of Remodeling magazine, showcases photorealistic renderings of a sample age-friendly home. AARP is a sponsor of the Home for Life program, which debuted in 2011. >> GET LIVABLE! Subscribe to the award-winning AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter This year’s virtual home is a continuation …

AARP to Speak at the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit

More than 500 policy makers, researchers, educators and public health practitioners will convene at the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 27 and 28 to discuss how social, environmental and emotional factors can improve the quality of life of older adults and reduce health care costs. This “state-of-the-science” meeting, cosponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will feature speakers from AARP, …

Walk and Talk at the National Walking Summit

As a member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, an America Walks initiative, AARP Livable Communities will be walking to and talking at the second annual National Walking Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30. The event is the only national meeting that brings together the multiple supporters, allies and experts who are working to increase walking and make communities more livable and walkable. The summit’s workshops and sessions include numerous educational and “netwalking” activities, among them: America Walks “Walk the Hill” Day: Join …

The Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Living Space

The following is post No. 6 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started. 2. Finding the Experts. 3. The Entryway. 4. The Bathroom. 5. The Kitchen. One of the great features of the home we’re working on is the open living space between the living …

The Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Kitchen

The following is post No. 5 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started. 2. Finding the Experts. 3. The Entryway. 4. The Bathroom. Kitchens work differently for different people. That’s why I ask my clients questions like, “Do you do more stove-top cooking or baking?” “How …

The Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Bathroom

The following is post No. 4 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started. 2. Finding the Experts. 3. The Entryway. Over the years, certain bathroom design elements have evolved due to advances in plumbing and norms for how we bathe, groom and perform various daily …