Ageless Environments offers free seminars to groups and organizations. Each presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes and is presented in a PowerPoint format with plenty of opportunity for questions. Current topics include: Universal Design, Aging In Place, Fall Prevention and Color Theory. These interactive classes may be perfect for those involved in reverse mortgage, financial planning, health care and other industries to offer their clients.
Universal Design – Universal Design refers to creating environments, buildings, homes, and products that are accessible to people with and without disabilities. The goal is to design the built environment to be usable by the largest population regardless of their age, ability or status in life. This 30 minute interactive PowerPoint presentation will cover exterior access to the home, interior access from room to room, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, laundry and storage. Each member attending the presentation will leave with a handy list of items to make their homes more accessible and user friendly.
Aging In Place – This presentation will cover a broad series of topics, each designed to enhance the safety and continued enjoyment of a home. While some areas will overlap Universal Design, Aging In Place also deals with updating kitchens and bathrooms to make them not only safer, but more satisfying to use. Getting older does not mean doing less. Most people in their encore years enjoy the companionship of friends. What better way to do that than through entertaining family and friends at home. This presentation will also cover improving energy efficiency to reduce the long term cost of remaining at home.
Fall Prevention – Falls are the number one reason that seniors can no longer remain in their homes. In this interactive class we will discuss how Universal Design and options for Aging In Place can help to create a safer home. We will discuss risk factors in the home environment and look at each room for possible trip hazards. Removing these hazards also provides an excellent opportunity to update the overall interior design of a home. We will touch on the role of general awareness, physical activity and discuss potential strategies to help optimize independence. Each attendee will leave with a Home Safety Checklist.
Color Theory – We are all greatly affected by the environment around us. This presentation will study colors, how they generally affect us and how changing the color palette of our homes may improve how we feel about each day. The state of a person’s home has been known to physiologically influence their behavior, emotions, and overall mental health (Wikipedia). The class will examine various colors, their potential effect on a person or environment, and suggest uses for each color. This is an excellent session for those wishing to change up their homes as they dial in their lives for the second half of life.