Idea House Brings Transformed Aging Vision to Life

Thursday, October 29, 2009 General News
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CHICAGO, Oct. 28 The following is being released by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging:

WHAT: The AAHSA Idea House, a 2,600-square-foot house that will display groundbreaking technologies and design innovations that make it possible for more and more older adults to have what they want: to remain independent and at home. The House will be displayed at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging's (AAHSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago.

This house will feature the best in universal design and will include technologies and design that can improve older people's quality of life, while reducing health care costs, encouraging healthy behavior change and providing caregivers with support. What is most remarkable is that 90 percent of the products being displayed are on the market today. In the house, you can try out:

WHERE:

McCormick Place Lakeside Center

2301 S. Lakeshore Drive

Chicago, Ill. 60616

WHEN:

Press Preview Tour, Monday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.

Exhibition Open, November 9-11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHO: As the association of not-for-profit providers of nursing homes, assisted living, senior housing and home and community-based services, AAHSA, through its Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), is working to bring together consumers, providers, universities and corporations to advance technologies that will allow all seniors to receive the services they need, when they need them, in a place they call home. www.aahsa.org

To attend or for more information, contact Lauren Shaham at (202) 508-1219 or lshaham@aahsa.org.

About AAHSA

The members of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa.org) help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. Our 5,700 member organizations, many of which have served their communities for generations, offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes. AAHSA's commitment is to create the future of aging services through quality people can trust.

-- A security system that replaces the traditional peephole with DVD screen. -- A height-adjustable kitchen cabinet and toilet seat designed to meet different users' needs. -- A medication dispenser which automatically organizes, reminds, dispenses and monitors an individual's medication use. -- A gaming system that provides 24/7 access to speech therapy, e-mail and classic radio shows through your television.

SOURCE American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging


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