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Impact of Aging Related Resources

April 2017
The Center For Health Design

AARP study finds people’s desire to live at home gets stronger as they age.

Access ASID’s Design for Aging in Place Toolkit.

Access the Gerontological Society of America’s report, "Optimizing Health in Aging Societies" 

AIA Design for Aging measures value of design solutions.

AIA KnowledgeNet brings designers together to share ideas on designs for aging.  

A Minneapolis neighborhood group connects seniors with resources for healthy and rewarding living.

A new wireless tracking system called BeClose is one of the many examples of technology that help older people maintain their independence. BeClose follows the person’s movements in their own home and alerts caregivers if interruptions occur in the typical routine.

Annual contest challenges students to design products to improve lives of seniors.

An Ohio demonstration home incorporates best practices for healthy and safe living.

A total of 32 states have PACE programs to help seniors remain in the community.

Beautiful Barrier-Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility by Cynthia Leibrock and Susan Behar offers practical guidelines to creating a barrier-free environment. 

CDC offer 8 indicators to monitor use of prevention services in seniors.

CDC’s The State of Aging & Health in America grades health prevention efforts.

Community groups create a barrier-free design for a stroke victim.

The CDC shares checklists to improve safety and reduce falls.

Designers in New Haven, CT, used data from ophthalmologists on how vision capacity changes over time to determine how best to meet the needs of older folks in the inpatient setting. The information helped guide their use of colors, lighting intensity and placement, and material choices.

East Point NORC fosters independence through community-based services and support.

Get your copy of Design for Aging: International Case Studies of Building and Program from Amazon.

Learn more about Optimizing Health in Aging Societies.

NAHB offers Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist program.

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is a nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve care for older adults. 

NIH launches a major study into the causes of senior falls. 

The Patient Care Centre in Vancouver, BC, exemplifies best design elements for aging.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute offers best hc/living options for elderly.

Some healthcare organizations are creating Emergency Rooms exclusively for geriatric patients, with features like special mattresses, quiet spots, and better lighting to improve the patient experience.

Stanford Health provides a menu of services for aging baby boomers.

Stanford Center on Longevity looks for ways to improve life for the aging population. 

The TabSafe system is another technological breakthrough that benefits older folks living at home. This is a medication dispenser system that provides important reminders, dispenses scheduled doses, and alerts family about missed medication.

The Village to Village (VTV) Network is a community model that links older folks to affordable healthcare, services, and support to help them remain independent. VTV programs are growing in popularity. 

While young people are most likely to use high-tech wearables, the elderly are most likely to benefit from the latest capabilities, including monitoring activity levels, heart rate, and sleep patterns.

Yale NH Hospital’s Center for Restorative Care addresses an array of issues related to healthcare that are of special concern for seniors.


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