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Pig in the Python: Design for Aging Forum

As Baby Boomers become empty-nesters, reinvent what it means to retire, and help their parents determine how they want to age, their preferences are reshaping the marketplace for design. Using the context of national data through to a regional Cultural Audit™, this forum will educate, inform and inspire design professionals, policy makers, providers of housing and services, municipal leaders, as well as consumers, about design innovations for an aging population.

Feature presentations include:

Liz Taylor, Aging Deliberately
With over 30 years in the field of aging and as a Boomer, Liz brings an unusual, rich perspective to the issues that confront our rapidly aging nation. For 14 years, she wrote a popular weekly column, “Aging Deliberately,” for the Seattle Times, Liz will engage the audience to include but think beyond buildings, and understand how the entire landscape — planning, built environment, interiors, transportation, neighborhoods, accessibility, gathering spaces — plays a role in defining our quality of life, especially as we age.

Matt Thornhill, Founder & President, The Boomer Project
The Boomer Cohort: how will they influence the future of design? Internationally recognized Boomer consumer exptert, Matt Thornhill, is the guru groups turn to for guidance on how to connect and serve America’s largest, most influential demographic. As he did as keynote at the national 2008 Environments in Aging Conference, Mr. Thornhill will share his valuable perspective on how Boomer will change what it means to grow old in America. His presentation includes current, proprietary research findings from the Boomer Marketing Report, providing you with exclusive insight on how to more effectively communicate to and meet the needs of Boomers.

Our Community at All Stages of Life
Ron Sher, founder of Third Place and the “people’s developer”, along with Joan McBride, Deputy Mayor of Kirkland, WA, and Peg Staeheli, ASLA, LEED™ AP, Principal and Co-founder of SvR Design Company, will discuss sustainable communities and how sustainable community planning
produces environments for all stages of life. This energizing panel will be moderated by Pam Piering, Director, City of Seattle Aging & Disability Services.

The Place We Call Home
Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, principal of StudioPacifica, and leading practioner of universal design, discusses U.D. principles and policies. Sanjay Soli, designer, builder and witness to the failure of his father’s home to support his changing need as M.S. influenced his day-to-day living, discusses how the application of U.D. principles can deliver stylish, functional design that supports independence and aging-in-place. Jeff Los, AIA, Ankrom Moisan, reviews The Mirabella-Portland, a Continuing Care Retirement Community design project that integrates LEED principles
and supportive technology. Liz Taylor will moderate this panel.

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Special Contributor:
Laura Curry of MITHUN, Puget Sound Energy


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