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Evacuation Tips for Family Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia

As Hurricane Joaquin moves closer to land, if you are a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia who lives at home, there are additional considerations to think about when preparing for this storm.

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As Hurricane Weather Approaches

As of today, Hurricane Joaquin is on the move. If you live in the hurricane’s path, here are a few tips to keep yourself and your family ready. Hurricane preparation can help minimize injuries as well as property damage and loss. There are actions you can take to prepare for a hurricane in advance of the storm.

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Day Trips and Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren

This Sunday, September 13th is Grandparents Day. Spending time together, no matter what you do, is very special. Whether you are one of the 7.2 million grandparents whose grandchildren live with them or you live at distance, there are lots of great ways to spend time together…..even video chatting!

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4 Ideas for a Livable Bathroom Space

Being in the interior design and construction business for 20 years, we are no stranger to what can happen, both good and bad, during a bathroom renovation. How do you make a bathroom functional and fashionable? Well, we’ve come up with four safe solutions to create a powder room that will suit you and all your visitors, no matter their needs.

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5 Easy Livable Lighting Solutions

As designers, we love creating unique settings with different sources of lighting. Using multiple types of lighting, you can create a fun and fashionable environment without having to buy more furniture or completely switch out your flooring. Choosing fixtures that offer different light settings, such as dimmers, can lend a personal touch to wrap up your entire design concept. Many lighting sources and supplements are extremely important to create a safe environment for yourself and your visitors. Whether you’re having trouble seeing in darker areas, or your family and friends have little ones that toddle around, lighting is a quick and simple way to instantly illuminate every space in your home.

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Keep You and Your Family Safe In and Around the Pool

There are so many fun places to cool off and go for a dip in the pool. Whether the pool is in your backyard, at an amusement park or in your community, safety always comes first. If you are heading to a pool soon, like I am, be sure to read these safety tips.

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Remodeling Your Bathroom? Watch Our Video for Home Design Ideas

Are you remodeling your bathroom? A bathroom remodel is a great time to incorporate Universal Design features, meaning creating an environment that’s easy for everyone to use— regardless of age, size or ability. It emphasizes convenience, simplicity, flexibility and adaptability. Not remodeling now? Some changes, like updating faucets and handles, can be made at any time. You’ll be amazed at the positive impact even simple changes can make—and how stylish and attractive your “home for a lifetime” can be. Watch our video for bathroom design tips for today and tomorrow.

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Love The Home You’re In: Tips to Remodel Today for a Better Tomorrow

Your home is more than four walls and a roof. Filled with the people and things you love, it tells the story of your life. No wonder most people age 45+ say they want to stay in their current homes for as long as possible. The design of your home is key to fulfilling that goal. And remodeling is the perfect opportunity to integrate design ideas that will allow you to live comfortably in your home for a lifetime.

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Infographic: What We Learned From Boomers About Remodeling and Universal Design

When homeowners remodel, they have the opportunity to integrate design ideas to live comfortably at home for a lifetime. universal design, also referred to as livable design, means creating an environment that’s easy for everyone to use—regardless of age, size or ability. It emphasizes convenience, simplicity, flexibility and adaptability, and includes appealing and stylish features that are widely available today. To further understand homeowners’ consideration of features when they may be remodeling, The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology surveyed Boomers and asked them about their plans.

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Watch Our Video for Tips on Remodeling Your Kitchen

Are you remodeling your kitchen? Are you looking for tips on how to make your kitchen more comfortable, convenient and safe for you, your family and your friends? Then check out our video for ideas on how remodeling your kitchen today can help you have a better tomorrow.

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What it Means to Incorporate Universal Design into Your Home Remodeling Project (with a Quiz)

Remodeling is the perfect opportunity to integrate design ideas that will allow you to live comfortably in your home for a lifetime. Universal Design, also referred to as Livable Design or Better Design, means creating an environment that’s easy for everyone to use—regardless of age, size or ability. It emphasizes convenience, simplicity, flexibility and adaptability.

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Take Our Home Design Quiz

Typical homes are designed to fit “average” families. Yet some of their features don’t fit anyone at all. To help get you thinking about how you can make your house a home for a lifetime, we’ve created a series of quizzes to

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Beth Tracton-Bishop

For A Lifetime is a blog from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence. Staffed by gerontologists, our center has conducted extensive research on driving, housing, and aging. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you and hearing your feedback.

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