Aging Conference: How Innovative Solutions Work for All Generations

From technological innovation to physical activity to universal design — what works to make life easier and healthier for one generation can work equally well for another, according to speakers at the White House Conference on Aging on July 13. The once-a-decade conference “opens the door to creating innovative solutions that make life better for all people as they age,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in her address to the attendees. In afternoon panel discussions, presenters emphasized that everyone …

Homes Built for Everyone at Every Age

The Better Living Design Institute‘s new website – betterlivingdesign.org – launched this week as a resource for homeowners, designers, builders and remodelers looking to create age-friendly homes with appeal to residents of any age. The institute was founded in 2012 by Bill Owens, president of Owens Construction, a residential design-build firm based in central Ohio, and Richard Duncan, a planner who leads the RL Mace Universal Design Institute in North Carolina. Both partners have decades of experience ensuring the maximum usability of homes …

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

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 that features the types of …

Talking About the Home You Want

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. Many couples have casual and sporadic conversations about changes they want to …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Have 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

The 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 …