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Knowledge Community purpose Statement

The Design for Aging Knowledge Community – Charlotte/Carolinas area chapter will focus on the existing and future built environment and the aging community. Its goal is to establish a forum where service providers, the design, planning, construction and legislative communities, as well as the broader local community, can discuss issues and engage in knowledge-sharing that is essential to enhance the built environment and quality of life of our aging community.


Links/Publications of Interest

Leading Age- offers a strong and distinct voice for not-for-profit entities. They lead in innovative practices that transform how we serve our aging population, cutting-edge initiatives to develop services that meet older adults’ needs and preferences and advocacy to advance the interest of the aging consumer.

Leading Age North Carolina -

LeadingAge North Carolina, based in Chapel Hill, has 63 member communities statewide that include continuing care retirement communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and affordable housing providers. The Association offers education, advocacy, networking, and shared services and is a state affiliate for LeadingAge in Washington, DC.

Senior Housing Industry News - With a national reach of over 30,000 professionals that includes senior housing operators, developers, banking institutions, real estate investment trusts, private equity, and service providers catering to the industry.

SHN provides a cutting edge and targeted platform unlike any other publication, giving you the opportunity to reach decision makers every day.

International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) is a global network of leaders in ageing services, housing, research, technology and design. We bring together experts from around the world, lead education initiatives and provide a place for innovative ideas in senior care to be born. We pave the way to improve best practices in aged care so that older people everywhere can live healthier, stronger, more independent lives.




Articles of Interest  

1) " Re-imagining Long-term Care", By Rudy P. Friesen for Enlivening Edge

      This article is primarily looking at long-term care the creation of next-stage long-term care facilities.  


2) " Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging" - this is an article by Meredith           Rizzo for NPR and is based on the book by Matthias Hollwich (an architect) - good read


3) "The Home Stretch: Designing Rehab Centers", by Sharon Schnall. This article forcuses on       today’s rehab facilities that offer transitional care for patients who no longer require   hospitals’ acute care services but who aren’t quite ready to function on their own - a                convergence between senior living and healthcare practice areas.


4)  "Consumer education important", by Louis A. Bowers. Here’s an article about the importance of language in the senior living industry with links to additional resources for educating the public. In addition to the article (link below), I excerpted this portion of the article. This should be interesting in terms of understanding what the older adult consumer is thinking and how that might impact what we do.


“Perhaps the newest consumer education effort by an industry organization is the Where You Live Matters campaign by the American Seniors Housing Association. That effort, launched in January to educate older adults and their families about various housing options, includes a website and outreach via Twitter and Facebook.

“I feel so good about this initiative. There's so much upside for the industry and for consumers,” ASHA President David Schless told me.

This Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET, the campaign will host a Twitter chat to provide older adults and their adult children the opportunity to ask questions of senior living experts, including Roger Landry, M.D., M.P.H., president of Masterpiece Living, and Joy Loverde, author of “The Complete Eldercare Planner,” and others. You can join in or follow along using #WYLMChat.

It will be a chance for the industry to inform people about differences in the various residential settings and to dispel misperceptions.” 

Full article here:

5) Housing Trend to Build Friendlier Homes for Aging Baby Boomers

It is a fact that by the year 2060, people age 65 years and above will more than double from 46 million to over 98 million according to the Population Reference Bureau. This trend impacts the housing industry where currently more than 95% of homes are not adapted to the conditions and lifestyles of aging baby boomers.

The demand for senior-friendly homes outstrips the supply, although the architecture and interior design industry have responded to the challenge by building houses and homes that are fit for the needs of older people and their lifestyles. From simple solutions such as minimizing clutter that would pose as health hazards for the elderly, to complete renovation of a living space to accommodate gadgets and other devices, there is no doubt that retrofitting homes is a major trend that’s going to stay if we are to cope with the housing demand of an elderly population.

Local Case Studies

1)  If you want to get a really good understanding of the impact of our work in senior living, watch this 20-minute movie about the construction of the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus on Park Avenue.


2) A New ‘Life Plan’ Senior Housing Model; Perkins Eastman created a new video with MonteCedro, a retirement community in Pasadena, California, and industry consultants that focused on defining Life Plan Community, using MonteCedro as the backdrop 


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