“universal design”

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: AARP research consistently finds that older adults (for the purposes of the survey that’s age 45-plus) want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. >> Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter That can be done by staying put and “aging in place,” which may require making some design or decorating adjustments to your home, and by living in an “age-friendly community,” which is a city, town or neighborhood …

Talking About the Home You Want

Posted on 03/4/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Beth Tracton-Bishop, The Hartford Center on Mature Market Excellence Have you ever thought, “I wish my kitchen looked like that,” when you visited a friend’s house or watched a home design show on TV? Do you share a home with a spouse, other family member, partner or pal? If you answered yes to both questions — and you’re actually considering redecorating or renovating your home — the most helpful first step may be to have a conversation. …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …

Why This City Has Outlawed Doorknobs

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Sun Is Setting on the Humble Doorknob. That’s the Vancouver Sun headline describing the city’s new building code, which will soon outlaw twisty doorknobs  — and traditional faucet handles, too — in new construction. The paper takes the positive view that, far from being banished, doorknobs are being “legislatively upgraded to levers more conducive to the arthritic, gnarled or weakened hands we earn with age.” >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter That sounds like a promising development. AARP has …

Simple Solutions for Vision Changes: Lighting Design Ideas

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAt some point, many of us will find that the house that once fit us so perfectly no longer does. Maybe it’s the stairs or the bathtub or the carpet or the lighting. But, given that most of us would prefer to remain in our homes rather than move, it makes sense to change our homes to accommodate these changing needs. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence has ideas to help you create a living space that works well …

Enhance Your Living Space: Modern Design Ideas

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen we think about whether we fit our homes, often what comes to mind is whether our things — such as furniture, hobbies and stuff — will fit into the home. But we can also consider whether our home fits us — our needs, our desire to live comfortably, our ability to move around the space conveniently, and our capacity to accommodate any temporary limitations we may experience. Ask yourself: Is my home comfortable, convenient and safe for all members …