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Older Adults

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Home Modifications

Remaining in our home is important to us, but we don’t like to talk about the possibility of developing a disability or needing a home that offers more support such as a nursing home or assisted living.

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Flexibility Promotes Independence

What are flexible elements? Simply the space is designed so that is can be changed with minimal effort and cost.

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Fitness Over 50

We can benefit from physical activity at any age. Physical fitness decreases our risk of hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.

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Universal Design in New Construction

We should strive for universal design in new construction. Universal design does not increase the cost of home construction in a meaningful way.

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Family Fun With Gardening

Gardening is a fun way to incorporate physical activity into your day, and is a great way to connect kids to where their food comes from!

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Retrofitting for Lifelong Independence

Retrofitting in housing is the practice of adding features in the design of the home that were not included during the initial construction. It is necessary because much of our existing housing stock is missing universal and accessible design.

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The Importance of Reminiscing

Reminiscence involves sharing thoughts and feelings of one’s experiences to recall and reflect upon important events within one’s life. The ability to recall and reflect helps older adults remember who they used to be in order to help them define their identity in the current moment.

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Universal Design for Lifelong Independence

At its core, universal design seeks to create products and environments that can be used comfortably by all people with minimal adaptation or specialization.

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How Will Emergency Responders Know Who to Call?

We all have that person we trust most when we don’t feel well. If we are not able to speak for ourselves, how would emergency responders know how to contact the person we trust most?

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Strategies to Advocate for Aging Issues

To reduce the gap between public discourse and scientific knowledge on aging, national aging organizations and funders set out to explore the narrative on aging issues and provide strategies to bridge the gap.