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June 10, 2021
6:30 PM
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Begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp
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Universal Design: Making an "Age Friendly" Home

Thursday, June 10, 2021

When it comes to “aging-in-place,” most people think it’s for older adults. But the principles of “aging-in-place” actually apply to all ages. From clearances and heights to lighting and handles, simple considerations make a home livable for everyone and contribute to comfort and safety. Homeowners quickly realize that products, technologies and systems introduced into the home really benefit every member of the family – not just older adults. Learn how the principles of “Universal Design” are more accurately viewed as “Lifespan Design” or “Design for All Ages” and how they can be applied to make any home a much more comfortable and safe environment for all.

Universal Design Helps Everyone

Curb cuts, those sidewalk ramps at most intersections, were designed to enable wheelchairs navigate urban walkways.  Once introduced, designers quickly realized their value for parents pushing strollers, children riding bicycles and pedestrians out for a stroll.  This was the first step toward “Universal Design” which has now been applied to homes everywhere.

Now known as “Lifespan Design” or “Design for All Ages,” these principles enable any living environment to be safer, more comfortable and more livable for everyone from infants to seniors.  Every feature of every home – faucets, handles, hallways, lighting, stairs, sinks, doorways, appliances and more – have seen dramatic transformations, especially since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990.

“Universal Design: Making an “Age Friendly” Home” will explore the principles of design that can be introduced into any home.  The presentation will be held offered once in June:
June 10, 2021 at 6:30.  Register online at
Join by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 945 8462 6961

“Over 90% of seniors want to live in their own homes indefinitely,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “The surprise behind the number is the benefit that younger people realize when the principles of accessibility are introduced.  Not only do older adults find an advantage to these conveniences but all members of the family find a greater sense of wellbeing and comfort.”

In 1960, the first specifications for barrier free design were published.  Today “Design for All Ages” has involved manufacturers, builders and service provides to produce new technologies for everyone.  The push has been to ensure that environments, products, services and interfaces work for people of all ages and abilities in different situations and under various circumstances.  By learning about the principles underlying Universal Design, home owners can make the most out of their investments, whether it’s replacing light switches or doing major home remodels.

“Universal Design: Making an “Age Friendly” Home” will be presented by Michael Weinstein.  
Weinstein is co-owner of the Reverie at Silver Creek and President of Synthesis Interests and the Universal Design Collective.  He has over 30 years experience with innovative physical settings. These range from complete neighborhoods to assisted living, memory care and environments for active seniors, incorporating designs and features that anticipate changing physical needs. He is a member of the City of Seattle Universal Design and Digital Equity Committees.

The event is free for all ages.  Advance registration is required either online or by calling the ADRC at (253) 798-4600.