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Medical Decision Making: Starting a Conversation

Understanding and “owning” our feelings can help us move forward in feeling more comfortable starting a conversation about medical decision making.

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Laundry Room Design for Independence

The laundry room is arguably one of the most difficult rooms to modify for accessibility, particularly if stairs are required to access the space.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Healthcare

Interaction with the Healthcare system is a common human experience—we need it and use it to stay healthy. Yet, sometimes navigating the system can be a challenge.

What can the construction industry learn from the motion picture industry?

Many of us take for granted the rating system used to indicate the appropriate audience for movies in the U.S. The interesting thing is that movie creators have no legal requirement to follow the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) guidelines. Yet, they do.

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Kitchen Design for Independence

Many of us have a lot to change in our kitchens if we want to achieve our goal of lifelong independence. That’s why it’s important to include universal design at initial construction or to include accessibility when making renovations to our home.

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What does our age have to do with the food we eat?

As we age, we generally need fewer calories. Understanding how our nutrition needs change over time is critical to staying healthy.

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Bathroom Design for Independence

Our bathroom is both the most critical and the most dangerous room in our home. When it comes to remaining in the home, our bathroom is often the deciding factor.

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Chronic Constipation

The two most common forms of constipation are chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel subtype constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C).

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What is Accessibility?

Accessibility refers to considering the needs of people with disabilities during the design process.

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Paying for Nursing Home Care

The average length of stay in a nursing home is 2.5 years. Without long-term care insurance or a large savings, many people will receive financial assistance from state government agencies.