Better Living By Design: A Symposium You Must Not Miss

Even if I were not one of the people organizing and planning it, I would absolutely want to be present for this event!  Saturday May 16, 2015, thinking homeowners and forward-looking building professionals will come together to rock the house (literally and figuratively)!

The all-day (9-3 pm) Symposium is titled “Better Living By Design: Making Our Homes More Adaptable for All Ages.” The location in downtown Medford, Oregon is the Rogue Community College/Southern Oregon University Higher Education Center (RCC/HEC). The fee is $20 and includes lunch and morning snacks. CEUs available too.  Does it get any better than this?

Here is the line-up of speakers:
Alan Delatorre PhD Portland State University, Institute on Aging, Age-Friendly Cities Project; Title: “Baby Boomers Evolving Housing Preferences Will Shape New, Innovative Options: Stand Ready!” Overview of demographics and the opportunities on the horizon across the state and in southern Oregon.

Susan M. Duncan R.N., National Accessibility and Home Modifications Specialist. Designer and founder of The ABCs of Accessibility® Topic: Home Modifications Title: “Peeling Back the Layers of Home Access Modifications” You have questions about renovating an older home to be sure you can still easily live in it at age 80-plus…. even if you or your spouse needs a wheelchair or walker … ?  Susan has the answers. She is a pistol of a presentor!

Leigh Anne Jasheway MPH, Faculty, University of Oregon, well-regarded area Humorist. Her presentation is titled: “Watch Your Step: Oh, I Forgot, There Aren’t Any.” Leigh Anne uses all-to-true stories and anecdotes plus hilarious “Improv” routines to prompt us to laugh out loud at the decisions we make and  at our aging selves. (Laughing is aerobic exercise so this event even has some calorie-burning opportunities.)

The day ends with the tour of two local homes certified to the Lifelong Housing Standard. There are only five of these in the state and you will see the exterior of all five and the interior of two of them.  It will change the way you think about aging.

Register on the Age-Friendly Innovators website www.agefriendlyinnovators.org or by calling 541-261-2037.  Space limited so make the reservation now!

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