Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will possess:

1. A thorough understanding of physical changes that can be made in common residential structures, to make aging-in-place less physically challenging and less dangerous.

2. Knowledge of navigational challenges faced by the elderly outside the home, and how these can be mitigated through better design.

3. How different choices in finishes reduce or increase dangers in interior and exterior environments, typically encountered while aging-in-place.

4. Design choices that make common areas in multi-family housing more user friendly and safer for the aged.


Disappointed in presentation and content.


Very informative


This presentation would benefit greatly from images of examples of the conditions being described.


Good and informative course


extremely basic.


Info was good but narrators voice was hard to hear


I was disappointed at several levels by this course. The graphics were old and black and white. The commentator's voice was gravelly and sometimes difficult to understand. The ideas seemed dated to 10 years ago. I wish we had seen more visual examples.


Good information


very invormative


Very informative presentation. More visual graphics and images of points discussed would be helpful.


Aging in Place - Eliminating Traps


In millions of homes across our country, and in the homes of people we love, existing residences are slowly but surely becoming prisons for their occupants. This happens as the aging process inevitably removes our ability to successfully navigate stairs and perform daily tasks required to live and survive independent. Societal options exist to move from private residences into congregate living facilities, where oversight and care are offered at various levels for those facing challenges. But few are interested in thus surrendering their independence. We prefer to just age-in-place.

It is possible to remain at home as physical and/or mental deterioration makes doing so more challenging. Given the amount of research that preceded establishing design standards to accommodate the handicapped, new structures can be designed which are far more user friendly to the elderly. Changes to existing homes can also be made in incremental steps as needs arise, just not as efficiently as doing so from scratch.

The knowledge and technology to enable our elders to stay at home are well established. All that is lacking are finances to do so, the time to do so, the will to do so and wide-spread dissemination of knowledge on how to do so.

Credits: 1.5 AIA HSW, 1.5 USGBC/GBCI + 1.5 AIBC Core LU + 1.5 AAA Structured LU + 1 OAA, OAQ, SAA, MAA, AAPEI, NWTAA

Length: 1.5h

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