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March 14, 2014

In This Week's Issue

  • 2014 NAIPC Annual Meeting Registration is Open!
  • Greater Charleston Chapter to Bring Village Movement to SC
  • Preparing for Future Needs: CAPS and Universal Design
  • HUD: Comprehensive Aging in Place Research is Needed
  • Upcoming Events

2014 NAIPC Annual Meeting Registration is Open!

The 2014 NAIPC Annual Meeting will be held June 9-10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Registration is now open and due to limited space, it will be limited to the first 100 registrants.

Session topics include a Chapter Formation Workshop which will cover the best practices for forming a Chapter and sustaining membership. Additionally, there will be a Local Lobbying Workshop. We will also hold sessions on takeaways from last year's meeting and Policy Summit in the areas of housing, finance, health/wellness, and community.

The planning committee has convened, and a detailed agenda will be published soon.

Click here to register.

Greater Charleston Chapter to Bring Village Movement to SC

The Village movement is gaining momentum nationwide, and members of the NAIPC Greater Charleston Chapter hope to expand the movement into their region.

Partnering with the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office on Aging, the Greater Charleston Chapter will hold a program on the Village movement ("The Village: A Growing Option for Aging in Place") on March 19.

Click here to learn more.

For more information on the Village to Village Network, click here.


Preparing for Future Needs: CAPS and Universal Design

Implementing Universal Design elements in your home can be as simple as purchasing a brighter light bulb or as complex as adding a first-floor master suite.

As the trend of aging in place grows, more and more home builders and remodelers are becoming Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), a designation program developed by the National Association of Home Builders.

CAPS Specialists are trained in implementing Universal Design elements, making homes more livable and accessible without compromising the aesthetics or value of the home--often actually increasing the value of the homes. CAPS Specialists provide customers with a full assessment, including both large and small modifications, with three of the most common being barrier- free bathrooms, accessible kitchens, and home additions.

To learn more about CAPS,
click here.

To learn more about home modifications, click here.

HUD: Comprehensive Aging in Place Research is Needed

While there are some indications that Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) and Villages help seniors to stay in their homes and that aging in place initiatives may provide cost savings for families as well as the government, more comprehensive research is imperative, according to a recent HUD report.

The HUD report analyzes available data on senior housing, demographic and economic shifts, and health and life expectancy trends. According to the report, aging in place can have significant health and emotional benefits as opposed to institutional care, and aging in place programs seem to offset costs traditionally covered by the families of seniors, government programs, and the healthcare system.

However, HUD stresses the need for further, wider-scale research in these areas before making any definite conclusions. Data available from existing small-scale studies cannot be relied on too heavily, and there is a pressing need for more research to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of aging in place models.

To read the full report,
click here.

Upcoming Events

  • 3/19/2014 Eastern Shore Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • 3/19/2014 Greater Charleston Chapter Member Meeting
  • 3/19/2014 Central Coast of California Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • 3/27/2014 Orange County Chapter Monthly Member Meeting 
  • 3/27/2014 Greater DC Chapter Monthly Meeting 
  • 4/3/2014 Boston Chapter Networking Breakfast 
  • 4/9/2014 Long Island Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • 6/9/2014-6/10/2014 NAIPC Annual Meeting
To view the full list of events, click here.