Assisted Living Design Should Be More Gender-Neutral

In August, Pam Gerhardt’s fantastic Washington Post article brought this important issue to light. After visiting several communities with her father, she took the assisted living industry to task, advising providers to examine programming and design elements (i.e. ...

 
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Living with Dementia: UK’s Design Council Challenge Underway

The UK-based Alzheimer’s Society recently shared guidelines for a new challenge set by the Design Council: Living Well with Dementia. Partnering with the Department of Health, the Council looks forward to innovative submissions that “will help improve the lives ...

 
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AIA Design for Aging Sponsors Student Competition

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s Design for Aging committee is currently evaluating project submissions from design students across the country; winners will be announced at this November’s AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) ...

 
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The Importance of Design in Assisted Living

Although the style of floor lamps or armchairs decorating the lobby of an assisted living facility is not important, interior design does play a key role that many tend to overlook.

For instance, navigating a long hallway in an assisted ...

 
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Intergenerational Cohousing: A New Senior Living Trend

The aptly named “Mosaic Commons” community in Berlin, Massachusetts, may be the start of an intriguing new trend in retirement living: intergenerational cohousing.

A branch off senior cohousing (i.e. a group of boomers who purchase a cluster of attached ...

 
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AGNES, Clint Eastwood & Reaching the Mature Market

Meet Agnes.

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Agnes (Age Gain Now Empathy System) is the product of MIT’s AgeLab, a place I’d like to add to my must visit list. The AgeLab “was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them ...

 
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Senior Living Sleepovers Provide Insight Into Better Senior Living Design

I stumbled upon an absolutely fascinating study while browsing the latest ProAging e-newsletter. It's called the Sleepover Project. Architects and designers from the Baltimore-based firm CSD (Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet) launched the project in March of this year. Here's the project's purpose from the CSD website:
"With the long-term goal of providing better design and building more responsive communities, CSD is sending each member of its senior living architectural design team ...

 
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Aging in Place, Designer-Style

"In an aging population, no one knows what they are going to face. But we all know that as we grow older, we can't do what we used to do." - Rick Watson
A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Rick Watson. Rick is the Vice President of Italbec US, one of the world leaders in high-end natural stone and design. His current projects are ...

 
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Design Makes a Difference in Today’s Senior Living Homes

I just returned from a wonderful Christmas spent with my husband's family in Pittsburgh. During our time there, I visited the assisted living community where his grandmother resides. It is a gorgeous facility, lavishly decorated, yet still quite cozy. I almost felt as if I were walking around in someone's home. My in-laws shared that the facility administrator had done all of the decorating on her own, and I was ...

 
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