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The ADA @ 24: an accessibility refresh by Jessica Madrigal, MS-4912

The ADA @ 24: an accessibility refresh by Jessica Madrigal, MS

July 2014 marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the United States. For organizations that serve the older-adult population as well as those targeting this market, it is a good idea to learn more about this law and what it now covers.

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Design your community-4828

Design your community

To develop environments for active aging, experts from different fields have great ideas and examples, as do the people who use the environments. If you are interested in getting involved in your own community, there are many free resources to assist. This article provides information about some resources, along with an overview of three different approaches, or frameworks, for developing environments for active aging.

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Connected to nature by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko-4824

Connected to nature by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko

We all know that feeling we get after spending a day outdoors in perfect weather--our mood is brighter, we feel less stressed and just better overall. In fact, studies have validated those feelings of well-being, showing that older adults who spend time in sunlight and nature can reduce illness and improve overall health. ... Responding to this research, more organizations and communities are creating outdoor environments that are designed to promote active living and encourage a variety of activities,

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Building a business case for equipping your center by Colin Milner-4190

Building a business case for equipping your center by Colin Milner

To build or not to build. That used to be the question. At least when it came to developing fitness and wellness centers for older adults. However, the International Council on Active Aging’s research shows that is no longer the case, as—after eight years of renovations, expansions and new developments—82% of the respondents to an ICAA survey now have at least a fitness room at their retirement community, senior center, corporation, hotel, hospital or other setting. This growth in fitness centers and the shift in focus have not been lost on companies that supply fitness products and accessories; indeed, the active-aging industry continues to attract a growing number of new product providers. But do they have the right product for your market?

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The future of active-aging adult centers by Craig Bouck-4189

The future of active-aging adult centers by Craig Bouck

As the youngest Baby Boomers turn 50 next year, the population group that has driven culture and commerce in the United States for the past six decades is redefining what it means to grow old. To appeal to this influential group, “senior centers” are now referred to as “active-aging centers” or “Boomer centers.” However, focusing only on the change in name might cause us to miss what really makes these centers unique from others in the community. Are these simply age-restricted community recreation centers, or is there an opportunity for a truly new paradigm in recreation facilities? As we look at the issues and concerns surrounding this issue, one fact definitely must be addressed: In order to remain relevant to the Boomer generation, active-aging center designs must adapt and change.

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So you want a wellness center. But is it feasible? by Margaret A. Wylde, PhD-4186

So you want a wellness center. But is it feasible? by Margaret A. Wylde, PhD

Just about every community touts its wellness center, regardless of the size, features, services, amount of programming or use. Now your community is considering adding one. The first question to ask is, “Why do you want a wellness center?” Are your residents clamoring for it? Do you believe a new center is essential to compete in the future? Do you feel a bit hammered by the competition because they have a nice, new wellness center and you don’t? ... It’s essential for a community to determine if a wellness center would be a benefit for its residents and its marketing efforts and what type of center potential users want. A comprehensive feasibility study can help a community make the right decisions.

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