Guiding principles behind the AAHSA Idea House

Posted November 10, 2009
Technology, universal design and aging in place all come together at the Idea House at the AAHSA 09 conference. When you are touring the home you can see all three of these principles in every corner. I am going to start with sustainable design.  "Green" design is important not only to the environment but to the health and wellness of the occupants who live in the home.  The healthier the environment, the longer they can remain in their home whether that be and actual home, apartment or senior living community. The house was designed to be oriented with the courtyard ...
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AAHSA’s Last Designer Standing

Posted November 10, 2009
So maybe I wandered away from the Idea House just long enough to see what the students at Harrington College of Design were doing in the back corner of the expo hall...as a student of the school myself, how could I resist? Students were challenged to transform a skilled nursing room into a special home for an AAHSA member resident on a limited budget.  14 students from one of the graduate studio classes at Harrington were chosen to participate and compete against each other in groups of two.  Initial concepts were created and presented to a team of judges consisting of Joseph ...
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Touring the AAHSA Idea House

Posted November 9, 2009
This morning I had the opportunity to venture over to the McCormick Place and tour the Idea House that was built right inside for the AASHA Annual Meeting. When I initially arrived, the media was touring the home and I got to stand back and take a look and really appreciate how many people could comfortably stand inside the home and socialize.  And socialize they did, as there were many vendors demonstrating some of the latest and greatest technology available to us today to help us age in place. I walked into the open courtyard area and tried to decide ...
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American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging "Idea House"

Posted October 31, 2009
The 2009 AAHSA Annual Meeting in Expo this is year is in Chicago at the McCormick Place.  This year they are featuring a full scale, 2600 SQFT home which includes and demonstrates cutting edge design and technology from more than 25 companies! The Expo is not open to the public but the home is and I plan on stopping by to check it out, take some pictures and blog about the technology and design.  As a professional who works in the industry and as a student of interior design, I can't wait to see what they have in store as ...
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