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    Laundry Room Design

    We take mundane tasks such as laundry for granted. We sort, wash, and fold our clothing each week. Perhaps we even dread the task. However, the ability to do laundry is an important component of our independence. The laundry room is arguably one of the most difficult rooms to modify for accessibility, particularly if stairs are required to access the space. Relocating a laundry room can be quite costly because of the need to move plumbing and/or make additions to the home.

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    Kitchen Design for Independence

    Our relationship with food extends beyond the need to eat, the art of preparing and serving food is how we connect with others and pass down family traditions. While many services exists to ensure people with disabilities are able to have nutritious foods, little thought is given to how losing the ability to prepare and serve food to the people we love effects are emotional well-being. What’s more, we tend to equate disability to the inability to prepare food.

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    What can the construction industry learn from the motion picture industry?

    During the 20th Century, indicators existed that various groups were concerned about the content of motion pictures. We can speculate that intervention through the legal system was coming. The motion picture industry took action to meet public demands. As a result, they now have a rating system that is responsive to consumer demands.

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    What is Accessibility?

    Accessibility refers to considering the needs of people with disabilities during the design process. Often we think of ramps and automatic door buttons for people who use wheelchairs. While important, these items are only two examples of accessibility. Accessibility includes features that enhance a person’s ability to interact with the home, community, and technology. For example, people with visual impairments may use a screen reader when interacting with technology. A screen reader converts text on the screen to audio.

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    Do You Have an App for That?

    “Do you have an app for that?” is a valid question to ask now days due to the fact that there are so many different apps out there created to help make our lives easier. According to a report, more than 8,700 medical-related apps have been developed and around 9% of mobile users have apps to help them track their conditions or manage their health.

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    Workforce Shortages: Technology Modifications

    A common stereotypes is that older adults cannot learn to use technology. Nothing could be further from the truth. I suspect many of the challenges older people face as they attempt to learn technology has more to do with poor usability than inability to learn. Usability refers to the ease with which a person can learn to operate a product and remember its operation upon subsequent uses.

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    Workforce Shortages: Beyond the retirement crisis

    A crisis is looming: the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age. Fears of their mass exodus from the workforce paints the headlines of many media outlets across the country. Many of these stories are missing a significant historical event underlying challenges our businesses and organizations are experiencing: the demographic transition. The image below shows the different phases of the demographic transition.

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    Age-Friendly Communities

    Older adults overwhelmingly report they want to remain in their home as they age. This is commonly called “aging in place”. As we envision making this dream a reality, we think of remodeling our home by updating the bathroom for accessibility or moving a bedroom to the main floor. While all of these changes can help a person to remain in the home, additional factors outside the home may influence a person’s ability to age in place.

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    Starting a Conversation about Medical Decision Making

    Have you ever had a hard time making a decision? Most of us can agree that decision-making can be difficult –even simple, everyday decisions like deciding what to eat for lunch! But what about making medical decisions? What feelings come up when thinking about making decisions about medical care? We often feel uncertain, overwhelmed, or even avoidant. These feelings are valid. Understanding and “owning” our feelings can help us move forward in feeling more comfortable starting a conversation about medical decision making.

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    Getting the Most out of Your Healthcare

    It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced a visit to the doctor. We may go to the doctor to get treated for a health condition, to manage a chronic health condition, or to get a yearly physical. Some of us have experienced a surgery or hospitalization. Interaction with the Healthcare system is a common human experience—we need it and use it to stay healthy. Yet, sometimes navigating the system can be a challenge.

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    Chronic Constipation

    Most of us can agree that constipation is not the most pleasant topic to discuss. Yet, if you are one of the many who suffer from the symptoms of constipation on an ongoing basis, is very important to discuss this with your healthcare team. Successfully managing the symptoms of chronic constipation is critical because the long term effects can have a profound impact on your well-being and ability to function.

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    Understanding Diet and Inflammation

    Inflammation is a natural healing process in which our body responds to an injury or exposure to a harmful substance. For example, skin healing from a cut; however inflammation can be debilitating. Chronic inflammation is when the immune system attacks healthy tissue over an extended period of time. Inflammation can be associated with several chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, etc.

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