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 which section of the home to explore first.  A few hours later I have to say I was almost on information overload.  Some of the built ins and products were to be expected, and some were hard to even imagine existing.  Over the course of my next few posts, I am going to talk about some of the things I learned and some of the products I learned about.  I even had the opportunity to interview Majd Alwan, the Director of CAST and Eric Krull, the AAHSA Idea House Designer.  It was hard not to see the excitement in their eyes as they talked about the project and the possibilities to come.

It was inspiring to see how architects, designers, aging services providers, and technology can all come toghether and create safe, beautiful functional spaces for the rest of us.  Stay tuned, more to come..

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