Universal Design and Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population

 
Sponsored by Milgard® Windows & Doors

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe current and predicted demographic trends in aging
  2. Describe the effect aging has on health, behavior and everyday life
  3. Analyze the impact that the aging population is having on environments and products
  4. Identify the differences between accessible design and universal design
  5. List the 7 principles of universal design and give an example of each
  6. Describe how product manufacturers are implementing universal design principles

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

As the largest American generation, Baby Boomers will continue to shape the economy and markets throughout their retirement years. Their desire to live in their current homes may force many Boomers to pursue minor or even substantial remodeling projects to make their homes accessible to them as they age. Their desire to live in their current homes may force many Boomers to pursue minor or even substantial remodeling projects to make their homes accessible to them as they age. Physical and mental changes associated with aging can make independent living a challenge. Universal Design principles seek to make all environments equally usable regardless of ability. Universal design is not the same as Accessible Design, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Seven Principles of universal design are offered as a guide to help ensure equal use. Incorporation of these principles in new or existing homes and spaces will facilitate a safe, comfortable and useable living environment.

 

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Originally published in February 2015

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