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" QUOTE 26 EFAmagazine.com * Fall 2016 KEYNOTE PANEL "The Community's Response to Successful Aging" Whether it's in answer to baby boomers' demands for new alternatives, the need for more affordable housing options, or regulatory changes that influence where people can live, the search for the senior living model of the future is underway. "I see the right housing not as a place to hang your hat or get better, but as a place that will keep you well," said Ryan Frederick, founder and principal of Point Forward Solutions and founder and CEO of Smart Living 360. Frederick was joined in a panel discussion by Gail Kohn, coordinator for Age-Friendly DC, and Sandra Harris, a principal at S. Harris Interiors, to share ideas on how the industry might get there. Frederick challenged the audience to use EFA as a platform to take the next step. "We need to mobilize our networks and show what's possible and why it's important," he said. For example, Frederick, who temporarily moved into a retirement community at age 29 to experience senior living firsthand, says a new era of longevity and active lifestyles is demanding housing options that are fundamentally different from traditional models that relocate seniors from their neighborhoods to more isolated communities, where they can lose their sense of autonomy. " For example, building elements such as doorknobs and handrails-the first things a resident might touch-can speak volumes, so it's important to assess materials used, locations, etc., and how they might be experienced by a resident with limited vision. They're "like a handshake with the building. You can learn a lot from a handshake." Additionally, Downey stressed the need to create multisensory environments to avoid inadvertently creating barriers. "Design can maximize or minimize visual function," he said. "Bad design can be blinding." As a starting point, Downey recommended the use of low-glare and contrasting materials to make environments less challenging to navigate. Designers have the power to potentially liberate seniors by better understanding residents' experiences. To achieve that, research-from postoccupancy evaluations to interviews- plays a vital role in helping designers understand the user experience. Downey also reminded attendees that designing for the aging eye isn't just about full sight loss: "Only 6-8 percent of people have full sight loss. Most are low vision, which is actually more challenging. That's who we should be designing for," he said. "The space around us is communicated in so many different ways-how we hear the space, how we feel the space. It all contributes to that really qualitative, wonderful, delightful experience," he added. "People with disabilities aren't handicapped until barriers are put in their way."-Shandi Matambanadzo Your environment can be a liability to your organization or an asset. We found many assets here. -Migette Kaup, professor at Kansas State University, Center on Aging, regarding Buckner Villas in Austin, Texas. Kaup and Amy Carpenter, associate with SFCS, presented detailed findings from a SAGE postoccupancy evaluation of the new memory care unit at Buckner Villas during a session at the EFA Expo. Buckner Villas was also one of the tours available to attendees. For more on the POE findings, see EFAmagazine.com/bucknerPOE; for more on the tour, go to EFAmagazine.com/ buckner-tour. http://www.EFAmagazine.com/buckner-poe http://www.EFAmagazine.com/buckner-poe http://www.EFAmagazine.com/buckner-tour http://www.EFAmagazine.com/buckner-tour http://www.EFAmagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Environments for Aging - Fall 2016

Environments for Aging - Fall 2016
Contents
EFAmagazine.com
Editorial
Show Talk
Bulletin
Community
Bigger in Texas
Exterior Expectations
Personalized Care
High Design
Creative License
Top 10 Remodel/ Renovation Projects
Design Profiles
Product Gallery
Q+A
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Contents
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - EFAmagazine.com
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Editorial
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Show Talk
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Bulletin
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Community
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Bigger in Texas
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Exterior Expectations
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Creative License
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Top 10 Remodel/ Renovation Projects
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