Neighborhood and Built Environment
112 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Smart and Accessible Homes
Monday, July 16
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level
Elmer Freeman, MSW
Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.
Joyce Moon-Howard, MPH, DrPH and Fern Herztberg-A Community-Based Approach to Reducing Household Hazards Among Seniors
Tiffany Rolfing, MBA, LEED GA, PHIUS Builder and David Raufer-Reframing Construction Practices in an Aging World
Elmer Freeman, MSW-A Smart Home to Support Healthy Aging in Place for Racial and Ethnic Underserved Populations
This session will focus on smart and accessible homes. The first presentation will focus on a collaborative a community based approach to manage household hazards in a sample of older adults living in a disadvantaged neighborhood in NYC. The second presentation demonstrates how healthcare providers, aging-in-place consultants, and service technicians need to strategically partner with experienced industry professionals to deliver innovative strategies for the aging population. This will explore decision making of the current aging population to either stay or leave their home, dive into the challenges of building aging communities from the perspective of the contractor, municipalities, families, and health care institutions.Current building practices and aging-in-place benchmarks needed to create a plan that considers the person inhabiting the space, their ability to maintain structural aspects, and access to a community that influences behavior and longevity of life will be shared. In practice, facilitating solutions by modifying environments, recommending technologies to improve safety, and by providing a network of trusted professionals to maximize function and independence within a home will influence the overall health of the aging individual.
The third presentation will look at a smart home to support healthy aging in place for racial and ethnic underserved populations comprised of low-income racial and ethnic minority elder residents living in public and/or publicly assisted housing and includes informal/family caregivers, personal care attendants, and home health aides.A growing aging population, the desire for greater independence, and an improved quality of life by older adults, technology has been suggested as a way to support healthy aging in place.
The final presentation will look at an evaluation of the CAPABLE model as implemented by four community organizations
Low-income older adults, who generally have higher disability and depression rates and live in substandard housing, need feasible interventions to help them safely age in place. This presentation describes interim health and home safety results of an Aging Gracefully randomized controlled trial, evaluating the replicability (in four US communities) of the Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU’s) Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) model, which addresses both housing and individual health risks. Interim lessons learned as diverse organizations, with different housing stock and communities, implement CAPABLE will be shared.
- Describe remediation steps for reducing the risk of the most common environmental household hazards
- Identify building design concepts that improve safety and promte health and welless, and develop a checklist of current building practices and aging-in-place benchmarks that position health care proivders to communicate with building industry professionals.
- Discuss primary findings of holistic aging-in-place work in a variety of locations and assess a model on short-term impoact on elderly residents' physical function, quality-of-life, and home safety