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Aging in Place? What does it mean for me?

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Designers, remodelers, and product makers have been working hard to help create more adaptable approaches to creating and recreating spaces. We've evolved from being reactive as designers to the limits that aging brings, to being proactive with universal design and design for everyone concepts.

But are we doing enough? 

We've invited widely known expert designers and contractors to this discussion on blab.

Alison Victoria might be best known as the spunky powerhouse host of Kitchen Crashers, but she has been designing interiors for many more years than she's been on our TVs. Alison also is actively involved in donating her time to community non-profit organizations such as Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PAWS Chicago, and a board member for Chicago Children’s Charities.

Matt Muenster is a designer by heart and degree, and hosts DIY Network's Bath Crashers. As a licensed contractor, Matt sees every house project as a chance to use his clever ideas to achieve great design while integrating earth-friendly elements.

Stephen Fanuka is host of Million Dollar Contractor, and has built himself an unsurpassed reputation among the leading decorators, architects and elite clientele in Manhattan as the go-to guy for high quality general contracting and luxury interior renovation. Fanuka has a personal passion for designing better aging-in-place spaces. Two of his grandparents died from Alzheimer's.

While aging-in-place has been a topic that both Mark and Theresa have great interest, Theresa has passionately focused on one special part of this puzzle, designing for Alzheimer's and dementia, which has been left outside of this aging-in-place discussion until she stirred the pot.