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The Idea House: Senior Living

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With Americans living longer, there’s growing interest in the concept of aging in place—that is, staying in our own homes for as long as possible. Fortunately, we can look to the senior housing industry, which has built hundreds of retirement communities across the country, for ways to design single-family homes to accomplish this goal. This week, the American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging met in Los Angeles and showcased many new and exciting products in its 2010 Idea House. Though geared primarily for large campuses such as nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, most of the features on display could be adapted for use in private homes. The Idea House—designed by associate Eric Krull, interior designer Melinda Avila-Torio and landscape architect Jake Friend, all of THW Design in Atlanta—brought together a cross-section of the latest in technology, furnishings, fabrics, finishes and outdoor amenities aimed at improving the quality of senior life. Here’s a look at some of the best innovations.

Kitchens designed for seniors in wheelchairs wisely eliminate base cabinets and drawers under cooktops and raise...
Pressalit Care electric lifts, distributed by New England Medical Systems, adjust countertops from 24 inches to 38...
Anyone who’s ever accidentally burned dinner will appreciate the CookStop wireless system from Home for Life Solutions,...
Carpet tiles by InterfaceFLOR, the commercial counterpart to FLOR, offer floor coverings that are easy to install,...
As the computer company’s name, It’s Never 2 Late, implies, seniors are never too old to jump on the technology...
The families of seniors who live alone can stay in touch with WellAWARE and BeClose monitoring systems that rely on...
Furniture for seniors doesn’t have to look like something out of a hospital ward.
Delta, a division of MASCO Bath, offers an acrylic shower unit complete with controls, grab bars and shelf within...
Mannington Commercial vinyl flooring combines safety with a fashion-forward palette for the bathroom, the hallway and...
Artwork inspired by nature has the power to create a serene environment by bringing a touch of the outdoors inside.
Playworld Systems has found ways to make staying active simple and enjoyable.
A rolling cart equipped with full-spectrum grow lights allows seniors to continue to garden regardless of the season...
One-on-one fitness instruction plays a significant role in motivating seniors to stay in shape.
Eco-conscious transportation alternatives for seniors include a golf cart retrofitted with a canopy of solar panels by...
Seniors can’t swim laps in it, but this HydroWorx pool is multifunctional, allowing for relaxing exercise as well as...
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