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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 …

Livability’s the Point of Urban Renewal in Fort Worth

Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working-class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers is collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense — and sometimes long-neglected — pockets of the city that have been identified for a makeover …

San Antonio Mayoral Candidates Talk Livability

Mayoral candidates in San Antonio, Texas, joined AARP on April 14 for a debate that was moderated by Elaine Ayala of the San Antonio Express-News and was about making San Antonio more age-friendly. Participating were Tommy Adkisson, Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner; Ivy Taylor, San Antonio’s current mayor; Leticia Van de Putte, a former Texas state senator; and Mike Villarreal, a former state representative. Each candidate weighed in on livability issues focused around the core theme: How can we ensure that San Antonio streets and …

A ‘Home Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Entryway

This is entry No. 3 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project to make a Florida house better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started, 2. Finding the Experts. The entryway is one of the most important areas that need to be addressed in a home for life design. No steps, a minimal threshold and a 36-inch clearance maximize access into and out of the home for people of all ages …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: Finding the Experts

The following is entry No. 2 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project to make a Florida house better suited for aging in place. Click here to see the first post. A “home for life” design involves finding the right experts who can work collaboratively to ensure that all of the personal and home needs fit in the remodel. The website of the National Association of Home Builders includes a resources page with information about Certified Aging-in-Place …

A ‘Home Fit’ Remodeling Project: Getting Started

As an occupational therapist and aging-in-place consultant, I am frequently asked to assess a home for its ability to meet the functional needs of the people who are or will be living in it. Sometimes I’m called in by a caregiver who needs advice about how to make bathing or transporting a resident of the home easier. Other times I’m consulting for retirees who want to redesign their home for accessibility due to common aging ailments such as arthritis, diminished …