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The USC Davis School of Gerontology invites California students to participate in its 2015 Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition!

Seeking innovative submissions from students to win one of three cash awards! The deadline to submit is Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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NEXT ONLINE SERIES IN HOME MODIFICATION BEGINS July, 2016

Earn an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications right from your computer!  This dynamic and well-respected program includes five interactive, online courses.  Students have access to the latest on home modification research, products, funding strategies, policies, and community planning.  CEUs for some professions are offered!

For more information, go to http://www.homemods.org/online-courses/legal/certificate.shtml

 

 

 

 

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Part 2 of New York Times Special Report: A tiny stumble, a life upended

After a fall, life is upended in an instant. A sudden loss of independence, an awkward reliance on family and friends, and a new level of fear for those who fall, and their contemporaries.

 

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New York Times Special Report: An Aging Nation Braces for More Deadly Falls

As the American population ages, the number of older people who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of older Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents’ desire to live as they choose.

They are hiring architects and interior designers, some of whom wear special glasses that show the building as an old person would see it. Some have begun to install floor lighting, much like that on airplanes, that automatically illuminates a pathway ...

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USC Andrus Gerontology Center leads the way in Aging in Place Initiatives

In an article detailing initiatives to improve living accommodations for the aging population, USC’s very own Jon Pynoos highlights the importance of modifying homes to better fit the needs of seniors. Such measures have the potential to greatly lessen the financial burden on seniors and their families, as well as to reduce government and tax-related spending on long-term institutional care.

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Get Ready for Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2015!

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. To recognize this critical issue, at the state level, SCR 77 (D-Lowenthal) was passed in 2008 declaring the first week of Fall each year as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

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Fall Prevention Coalition-Los Angeles Launches One Year Call to Action

On Monday, September 9th, seven expert presenters and more than 50 professionals participated in a symposium on the impact of falls coordinated by the Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles which kick- started the Call to Action initiative to change the landscape of fall prevention in Los Angeles County.

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Choices Give New Meaning to ‘Home, Sweet Home’

The New York Times featured Co-Director Jon Pynoos in a story on living arrangements and options for older adults.

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Fall Prevention Awareness Day Resources from the National Council on Aging

The National Council on Aging has many resources to support your National Fall Prevention Awareness Day efforts, including a new Fall Prevention Infographic and a webinar on new resources an partnerships:

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