How Technology, Universal Design and Occupational Therapy Support and Enhance Aging in Place Features in One’s Home

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Network on Environments, Services, and Technologies (NEST) 

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

Today’s seniors want to age in place in an environment of comfort, safety and ease of use. Most adults older than age 55 are active and continue to participate in community activities. Interior design can greatly influence an older person’s ability to age in place, while technology can play a significant role in delivering services to their home. This essential combination of design and technology increases the length of time we can all age in place.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify the changing needs of the body as it matures, and how lighting, depth perception and mobility affects design modifications, allowing individuals to remain in the home safely and securely;
  • Understand the role technology plays in allowing individuals to remain in their homes, and how technology will provide assistance with the instrumental activities of daily living and other issues related to the ability to age in place; and,  
  • Describe how healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists and physical therapists play a critical role in creating a team approach that enhances recovery or treatment in the home for clients with short- or long-term disabilities.


Wanda Gozdz is a certified aging in place specialist and a residential interior designer. Her company focuses on creating safe, homelike environments for multi-generational families and adults older than age 55. Gozdz provides assessments of living spaces and short- and long-term solutions that enhance quality of life for all inhabitants. Gozdz is an educator for the National Association of Home Builders and teaches Certified Aging in Place Designation and Universal Design courses. 
Constance Cassell is the founder of Mobile One Group, a real estate broker and a certified aging in place specialist. Through the use of technology and aging in place design recommendations, Mobile One Group shows individuals how they can continue to live safely and securely in their communities.
Felice Eckhouse developed ELDERSPACE to help people age in place in their homes; to help them stay in their homes for a lifetime, reduce isolation and remain in their community. Eckhouse does functional assessments of the clients in their home, and makes recommendations for adaptations, modifications and products for the home environment.