“Universal Design Is More Than A Label”

Universal design was quantified in 1997 by the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University with their seven principles of universal design. It had been around unofficially much earlier, but now had concepts that people could refer to and agree upon. Unlike aging in place, which is strictly residential in scope and application,… Read more »

“Aging-In-Place Defined”

Aging in place as a concept is much older than many people might think. It dates back to the 1950s as something that was often done – without applying a specific name to the strategy – and it goes back to the earliest times when we consider that people often took their parents and other… Read more »

“Aging-In-Place” Is Becoming Part Of Our Vocabulary

Although the idea of aging in place goes back decades, the formal focus on creating ways for people to live successfully and effectively in their homes is a fairly recent development. Back in 2006 when I first heard of the CAPS program, and the first couple of years I was teaching the courses, the phrase… Read more »

“Sometimes Falls Just Happen”

October is “Falls Prevention Month,” so it’s appropriate that we focus on eliminating as many possible tripping, collision, and poor footing conditions for people as we can – including those present in our own homes. Nevertheless, falls do happen so just think how much more they might occur or how much more serious or debilitating… Read more »