Only ten percent of Americans over 65 show any significant loss of memory. In fact, one study followed up on 87,500 Scottish children tested at age 11 and found that their intelligence hadn’t changed much 65 years later. 1

You will always be able to learn. One of the secrets of aging beautifully is to maintain a willingness to change and grow. Become a lifetime learner! offers many resources for the lifetime learner. Consider our professional development courses for CEU credit, including short courses at the architecture department of The Harvard Graduate School of Design. The research for these courses is summarized in the following bibliography.

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Aid Association for Lutherans. (1998). Home sweet home: How to help older adults live independently. Appleton, WI: Author. In this book, readers can learn special ways to help their family members who are aging in their current home. It discusses ways to select and use assistive technology as well as types of home modifications that are simple and inexpensive. 

Altman, Adelaide. (2002) Elder House: Planning Your Best Home Ever. Chelsea Green: White River Junction, VT (ISBN 1931498113)

American Association of Retired Persons. (1999). A profile of older Americans . Washington , DC : Author. Explains characteristics of the older population such as future growth, marital status, living arrangements, geographic distribution, income and housing.  

American Association of Retired Persons. (1998). Universal design house: Information packet . Washington , DC : Author. Contains information about the event “media tour of home of the future” that was held in January, 1998. This information includes a general introduction about the importance of universal design on home modifications, features and benefits of a universal design home, a sample of one house (floor plans, elevations and perspectives), lists of products used as well as products manufacturers, and popular articles from different sources about the event. 

American Association of Retired Persons and ITT Hartford. (1998). Make your home a home for a lifetime: Ideas for independent living from the Hartford House exhibit . Southington , CT : ITT Hartford Group Inc. This booklet consists of a variety of architectural and interior design concepts for older persons to live comfortably for the remainder of their lives; a resource guide to help improve the comfort, convenience, safety and security of the home that includes suppliers from whom products can be purchased; and a home checklist to apply ideas from the resource guide. 

American Association of Retired Persons and The Coalition for Consumer Health and Safety. (1998). Home safe home: How to prevent falls in the home . Washington , DC : Author. This brochure contains suggestions to reduce the chances of falling and a checklist for preventing falls in the home. This checklist covers stairs, the kitchen, bathrooms, general rooms and the outside.  

American Association of Retired Persons. (1996). Home modification . Washington , DC : Author. A one page tip sheet that gives a brief introduction to home modifications. 

American Association of Retired Persons. (1996). Understanding senior housing into the next century: Survey of consumer preferences, concerns, and needs . Washington , DC : Author. Reports findings from a nationwide telephone survey of people age 50 and older. It consists of data breakdowns by selected demographic and behavioral characteristics, and also compares results with previous surveys. 

American Association of Retired Persons. (1996, November/December). Perspectives. Modern Maturity , 77-79. Introduces AARP's contribution regarding home modifications for older people such as surveys, published books about home modifications and resources on key aging issues.  

American Association of Retired Persons. (1992). The perfect fit: Creative ideas for a safe and livable home . Washington , DC : Author. A booklet providing readers with interactive experiences in understanding simple home modifications. It also includes several games and puzzles to test and give readers more knowledge about home modifications in a fun and entertaining fashion. 

American Association of Retired Persons. (1991). The doable renewable home: Making your home fit your needs . Washington , DC : Author. This book identifies and explains the design concepts, products and resources that can help make an existing home more comfortable for older people who experience physical limitations. 

American Association of Retired Persons and The Federal Trade Commission. (1985). Your home your choice: A workbook for older people and their families . Washington , DC : Author. A workbook preparing older people to consider a variety of living arrangements. Included are options as simple as having someone come to your home occasionally to clean or cook, or as major as physically moving into a housing facility. 

American Association of Retired Persons. (1984). Housing and lifestyle: Retirement planning seminar . Washington , DC : Author. Examines factors that help to determine where and how readers want to live, using the equity in their homes, housing options available and what to look for in retirement housing. 

American Association of Retired Persons. (1999). A profile of older Americans . Washington , DC : Author.

American Association of Retired Persons. (2000). Fixing to stay: A national survey of housing and home modification issues . Washington , DC : Author.

AARP. 1999. Universal Design and Home Modification: Comfortable, Safe, Convenient Living. Washington , DC : AARP

American Institute of Architects Foundation. 1986. Design for Aging: An Architect's Guide. Washington DC : AIA Press.

Anthon, C. (1990). Facing the fears of home renovation. Rehabilitation Digest, 5-6. This article gives one example of a home renovation process for creating an accessible bathroom. It also provides additional information on financial issues involved in home renovation. 

AOTA. 1990. Accessibility and Architectural Modifications. Rockville , MD. : Practice Division: AOTA (Call No. WA 799 A169 1987)

Bakker, Rosemary. 1997. Elder Design: Designing and Furnishing a Home for Later Years. : Penguin Books.

Bakker, Rosemary. 2010. AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living for the Second Half of Life . New York : Sterling

Ball, M. Scott. 2012. Livable Communities for Aging Populations: Urban Design for Longevity . NJ: Wiley

Barber, C. E. (1996). Care for the elderly (Consumer Series No. 10.232). Fort Collins : Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. Presents positive and negative outcomes of caregiving and delivers tips to be good caregivers. 

Barrier Free Environments. (1987). Adaptable housing . Washington , DC : U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Contains information on the marketability of barrier free devices for housing, and describes a number of adjustable and adaptable features to meet differing needs in the home. 

Barr, Laural and Galluzzo, Dreyfuss. 1996. The Accessible School: Universal Design for Educational Environments . Berkeley , California : MIG Communications.

Baucom, A. H. (1996). Hospitality design for the graying generation: Meeting the needs of a growing market . New York : John Wiley & Sons.

Barrier Free Environments. 1991. UFAS Retrofit Manual. Washington DC : United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

Beamish, Julia, Kathleen Parrott, JoAnn Emmel and Mary Jo Peterson. Second edition, 2013. Kitchen Planning (Guidelines - Codes - Standards) . John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ for National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Beamish, Julia, Kathleen Parrott, JoAnn Emmel and Mary Jo Peterson. Second edition, 2013. Bath Planning (Guidelines - Codes - Standards) . John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken , NJ for National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Bednar, Michael J. 1977. Barrier-Free Environments . Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, Inc.: Stroudsburg , PA. (Call No. WA 795 B275 1977).

Bode, M. (1999). Creating a home for a lifetime (Fact Sheet No. MF-2418). Manhattan : Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Provides information on features of home adaptations according to older persons' sensory and physiological changes. Pictures are presented to make home adaptation lists easier to understand. 

Bode, M. (1999). Creating a home for a lifetime (Leader's Guide No. MF-2418). Manhattan : Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Outlines a lesson to make a home convenient and accessible as people age or become disabled. It focuses on factors to take into consideration when building or remodeling a home so that expensive alterations will not have to be made if the user develops a disability later in life.  

Bode, M. (n.d.). Assistive devices for the home (Knowledge for Life). Manhattan : Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service. List of several assistive devices and where to get more information that can help older persons with hearing, seeing and eating. 

Booth, C. (1999, August 30). Taking care of our aging parents. Time , 48-51. This article focuses on the author's experiences in taking care of her parents. The story gives general nformation on how her aging parents are changing physically and mentally and how she has to prepare a place for her father and also prepare herself for all these changes. There are some tips on how to anticipate parents' needs for housing and medical care. 

Bowe, Frank. 2000. Universal Design in Education . Bergin and Garvey: Westport , CN. (ISBN 0-89789-688-2)

Brawley, Elizabeth C. 1997. Designing for Alzheimer's Disease . Wiley: New York . (ISBN=0471139203)

Brummett, William. 1997. The Essence of Home: Architectural Design Considerations for Assisted Living Elderly Housing. New York : Wiley.

Bush-Brown, Albert and Davis, Dianne. 1992. Hospitable Design for Healthcare and Senior Communities New York : VNR ($59.95 ISBN=0442239599 Call No. WX 140 B978h 1992)

Calkins, Margaret P. 1988. Design for Dementia: Planning Environments for the Elderly and the Confused. Owings Mills , Md. : National Health Pub. (Call no. WM 27.1 C155d 1988)

Cash-Callahan Co. 1991. Accessible Design Handbook: The ADA Troubleshooter Guide and Workbook . : Cash Callahan Co.

Callahan, James J. Jr. 1993. Aging in Place (Generations and Aging) . Amityville , NY : Baywood Pub. Co. (ISBN 0895031132 $15.95)

Center for Universal Design. (1997). The principles of universal design (Version 2.0). Raleigh , NC : Author. Identifies the seven principles of universal design. 

Centre for Accessible Environments. 1990. Access by Design: The Journal of the Centre for Accessible Environments. Issue 51 (Jan/April 1990). London : The Centre (Call No. W1 Ac682B)

Cheever, Raymond. C. 1990. An Accessible Home of Your Own . Canada: Accent Special Publications

Chigier, E. 1987. Design for Disabled Persons , London England : Freund Pub. House. (Call no. WA 795 D457 1987)

Christenson, Margaret A. and Taira, Ellen D. 1990. Aging in the Designed Environment. New York : Haworth Press (Call No. W1 PH683M v.8 no.3/4 1990)

Citro, J. (1998). Assisted living in the United States (Fact Sheet No. 62). Washington , DC : American Association of Retired Persons. Introduces assisted living opportunities in terms of services, types of units and cost. 

Clemmer, Wm. Michael. 1993. Victims of Dementia: Services, Support, and Care. New York : Haworth Pastoral Press (Call No. KK1619)

Colby, B. 1990. Color and Light: Influences and Impact . Glendale , California : Chroma Productions.

Columbia University , Dept. of Geriatrics. 1990. Final Report on the Project Entitled Promotion of Self-Care in the Chronically Ill Elderly and their Caregivers. New York : Div. of Geriatric, Columbia.

Committee on an Aging Society. 1988. The Social and Built Environment for an Older Society ( America 's Aging Series). Washington , DC : National Academy Press ($29.95 ISBN=0309037808)

Cohen, Uriel and Day, Kristen. 1993. Contemporary Environments for People With Dementia. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. ($45.00 ISBN=0801844894 Call No. WM 27.1 C678c 1993)

Cohen, Uriel and Weisman, Gerald D. 1991. Holding on to Home: Designing Environments for People with Dementia. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. (Call No. WM 27.1 C678h 1991)

The Cooperative Extension System. (1993). Aging in America : A time for crisis, a time for decision and solution. (Available from the Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.) An agenda consisting of intervention and prevention in the areas of care alternatives, security, support from family and community coalitions, and the promotion of independence and self-sufficiency. 

Covington , G. A., and Hannah, B. (1997). Access by design. New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Creative Publishing International (ed.)(2003). The Accessible Home: Updating Your Home for Changing Physical Needs. Creative Publishing International: Chanhassen , MN (ISBN 1589230612)

Dadd, Debra Lynn. 1986. The Nontoxic Home: Protecting Yourself and your Family from Everyday Toxics and Health Hazards. New York : St. Martin 's Press. (Call No. RA1213 .D334 1986).

Krueger , B arbara, Nika Stewart and Mark Davidson. 2010. Knack Universal Design: A Step-by-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable, Accessible Living (Knack: Make It easy. ) Guilford , CN: Morris.

Davies, Thomas and Beasley, Kim. 1992. Fair Housing Design Guide for Accessibility . Washington DC : Paralyzed Veterans of America (ISBN 0929819020).

Davies, Thomas and Beasley, Kim. 1995. Accessible Design for Hospitality: ADA Guidelines for Planning Accessible Hotels, Motels, and Recreational Facilities . New York: McGraw Hill.

Davies, Thomas D. and Carol Peredo Lopez. 2006. Accessible Home Design: Architectural Solutions for the Wheelchair User . Washington DC: PVA.

Day, Christopher. 1995. Places of the Soul: Architecture and Environmental Design As a Healing Art. London : Thorsons($20.00 ISBN=1855383055).

Diane Publishers. 1993. Accessible Building Design: A Disabled User's Guide to Accessible Buildings . : Diane Publishers.

Dixon , Stella R. 1991. Autonomy and Dependence in Residential Care: An Evaluation of a Project to Promote Self Determination in a Home for Older People. London : Age Concern (Call No. W1 RE232TL no. 5 1991)

Dobkin, Irma and Peterson, Mary Jo. 1999. Gracious Spaces: Universal Design Interiors. New York : McGraw Hill.

Dooghe, Gilbert and Vanden Boer, Lut (eds.). 1993. Sheltered Accommodation for Elderly People in an International Perspective . Amsterdam : Swets and Zeitlinger.

Edwards, S. (1999, Fall). Make room for grandpa (and grandma, too). Building Ideas, 17-18. An article discussing ways to address family housing needs while accommodating an elderly parent.

Engel, J. F., Blackwell, R. D., & Miniard, P. W. (1995). Consumer behavior . Fort Worth , TX: Dyden Press.

Evan Terry Associates. 1995. ADA Facilities Compliance Notebook Supplement . New York : Wiley.

Evan Terry Associates. 1997. Pocket Guide to the ADA : Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, Revised Edition . New York : John Wiley and Sons. (ISBN #0471181374 $30).

Frechette , Leon A. 1996. Accessible Housing . New York : McGraw Hill.

Goldsmith, Selwyn. 2000. Universal Design: A Manual of Practical Guidance for Architects/. Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann

Goodman, Raymond J. 1992. Retirement Facilities: Planning, Design, and Marketing. New York : Whitney Library of Design. (Call No. HV1454.2.U6 G66 1992)

Grayson, Paul. 1990. Lifecare: A Long Term Solution San Francisco : Simon & Schuster ( Lexington Books) 800 956-7739

Greenstein, D.B. and Suzanne Bloom. Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Modifications for Older People and Others with Physical Limitations . 1997.

_________: Brookline Books (ISBN #1571290249 $16)

Greenwald, J. (1999, August 30). Taking care of our aging parents. Time, 52-55. This article explores different housing options for older persons. It describes five types of homes for older persons with limitations for each, costs, and what kinds of facilities are offered

Grist, Robert R. (ed.) 1996. Accessible Design Review Guide: An ADAAG Guide for Designing and Specifying Spaces, Buildings, and Sites . New York : McGraw-Hill.

Hall, Peter & Imrie, Rob. 2001. Inclusive Design: Designing & Developing Access Environment New York : Spon Press

Halpern, David S. 1995. Mental Health and the Built Environment: More Than Bricks and Mortar? Bristol , Penn. : Taylor & Francis (Call No. 1996 C-367)

Harvard University . (1999). Housing America 's seniors . (Report No.R00-1). Cambridge , MA : Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University .

Health Professions Press. (1998). Resources in aging and long term care. Baltimore , MD: Brookes Publishing. A catalog including sources of books and videos about staff training, Alzheimer's disease/dementia, activities, mental health, policies and ethics of long term care.

Henderson, C. (1998, November). Today's affluent oldsters: Marketers see gold in gray . The Futurist , 19-23. This article reviews various markets for older people that are growing rapidly such as travel and pharmaceuticals, and a new effort by business to be sensitive to customers who do not feel old. 

Herwig, Oliver and Laura Bruce. 2008. Universal Design: Solutions for Barrier-free Living . Germany : Birkhäuser.

Heumenn, Leonard F. and Boldy, Duncan P. 1993. Aging in Place with Dignity: International Solutions Relating to the Low-Income and Frail Elderly . Westport , Conn. : Greenwood Publishing Group (Praeger Pub.)

Home Planners; Brad. 2000. Products and Plans for Universal Homes. Tucson , AZ.: Hadleigh

I.B.M. National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities. 1991. Technology for Persons with Disabilities : An Introduction. Atlanta , Georgia : Author.

Imrie , Rob. 2007. Accessible Housing. NY: Routledge.

Jacobs, Jessie C. 2001. Accessible Bath Design . __________________.

Jordan, James E. 1991. ADA Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Manual for Michegan. (other states available). Jordan Publishing: ______ (ISBN 1557012873)

Jordan , Wendy Adler. 2008. Universal Design for the Home: Great Looking, Great Living Design for All Ages, Abilities, and Circumstances . Beverly , MA : Quaside

Kausler, Donald H. and Kausler, Barry C. 1996 The Graying of America : An Encyclopedia of Aging, Health, Mind, and Behaviour Urbana : Univ. of Ill. Press.

Kearney, Deborah. The New ADA Compliance and Cost. Kingston , MA.: R.F. Means (defines "reasonable accommodation").

Kirby, S. (n.d.). Housing for the lifespan: Furnishing a user-friendly home (No. T-5134). Stillwater : Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Suggestions on making a user-friendly home for people who become disabled from an accident, illness or simply from aging. These guidelines include changes in furnishings, lighting, color and design. 

Kirby, S. D. (n.d.). Accessible bathrooms for the elderly (No. T-4414). Stillwater : Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. This fact sheet discusses standards to make a bathroom safe and barrier-free when making changes or renovations.  

Kleeman, Walter B. 1981. The Challenge of Interior Design. Boston : CBI Publishing.

Koncelik, J. A. 1982. Aging and the Product Environment . Stroudsburg , Pennsylvania : Hutchinson and Ross.

La Buda, Dennis (ed.) 1985. The Gadget Book . Glenview , IL : Scott, Foresman & Co. and AARP (ISBN 067324819-4)

Lagarce, . (In Press) Beyond ADA Compliance: A Guide to Universal Design . New York : John Wiley and Sons.

Lanspery, Susan and Hyde, Joan. 1996. Staying Put: Adapting the Places Instead of the People (Perspectives on Aging and Human Development Series) . Amytyville NY : Baywood. (800 638-7819) ISBN #0-89503-113-7

Lanspery, S., Pynoos, J., & Hardwick, S. (1994 ). Pivotal choices in housing and service programs . Los Angeles : National Eldercare Institute on Housing and Supportive Services and University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center .

Lawlor, Drue and and Michael A. Thomas. 2008. Residential Design for Aging In Place . NJ: Wiley.

Leibrock, Cynthia A. 1993. Beautiful Barrier Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility . New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Leibrock, Cynthia A. and Terry, James Evan. (1999). Beautiful Universal Design . New York : John Wiley and Sons.

Leibrock, Cynthia A. (2011). Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Interior Design's Healing Potential . New York : John Wiley and Sons.

Leibrock, Cynthia and Rampola, Mary Beth. 1998. Universal Design Form #170390-AA . ( Kohler , Wisconsin : The Kohler Company).

Lidwell , William and Holden, Kirtina and Butler , Jill. 2010 Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design . Belleview , WA : Rockwell

Longino, C. F. (1996). Myths of an aging America . American Demographics, 32-37.

Longman, P. (1999, March 1). The world turns gray. U.S. News & World Report, 30-39. Discusses conditions of adults in the world who are aging. The article views this situation as affected by economic growth. 

Lowry, Stella. 1991. Housing and Health. London : British Medical Journal (Call no. WA795L921h1991)

Luc, Laura Ann and Beattie, Michele. 1993. Long-term Care Policies and Procedures: A Self-care Approach. Gaithersburg , MD Aspen Pub. (Call No. WY 18 L931L 1993)

Mace, R. L., Hardie, G. J., & Place, J. P. (1990). Accessible environments: Toward universal design . Raleigh , NC : North Carolina University Center for Universal Design.

Mace, Ron. 1991. The Accessible Housing Design File. New York : VNR (ISBN 0442007752)

Marberry, Sara O. 1995. Power of Color: Creating Healthy Interior Spaces. New York : Wiley

Marchewka, Lorna. 1998. Barrier Free Homes: How to Design and Build a Fully Accessible Home . : Chestnut Hill Ventures.

Markle Foundation by the David Yankelovich Group. 1988. Pioneers on the Frontier of Life: Aging in America . March 1988. New York : Author.

Milner, Margaret. 1979. Breaking Through the Deafness Barrier: Environmental Accommodations for Hearing Impaired People . Washington , DC : Physical Plant Department, Gallaudet College .

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 1998 Annotated Bibliography on Universal Design: a section of book on creating accessible environments. Victoria , British Columbia.

Molgaard, V., Caltvedt, E., and Zalenski, P. (1998, August). Finding resources for long-term care (The Caring Connection, Issue 3). Ames : Iowa State University Extension. Describes services that may be available in the community to help finding information on long-term care. 

Moore, Jim. 2001. Assisted Living Strategies for Changing Markets. Vancouver : Westbridge Press ($40.00 ISBN 1893405028).

The National Center for Access Unltd. 1992. The Readily Achievable Checklist: A Survey for Accessibility . NCAU, 155 N. Wacker Dr. #315 , Chicago , IL 60606 . (312 368-0380): Author (defines "readily achievable").

The National Center for Assisted Living. 1997 . Facts and Trends: The Assisted Living Sourcebook. The National Center for Assisted Living. ($69.95 at AHA 800 321-0343)

The North Carolina State Building Code Council. 1989. North Carolina State Building Code Volume 1-C. Raleigh , North Carolina : Author (standards for accessibility for children).

National Endowment for Financial Education. (1999). Retirement planning in the 21 st century . Englewood , CO : Author. A report from an event sponsored by NEFE in Tucson in May, 1999. It is aimed to encourage readers to consider implications of retirement planning, including housing, and to incorporate planning into daily retirement work. 

The National Home Modifications Action Coalition. (1997). A blueprint for action: A resource for promoting home modifications . Raleigh , NC : Center for Universal Design, School of Design, North Carolina State University . This book reports on the second national conference on home modifications policies. It includes a discussion of barriers and recommendations for national, state and community change. 

Null, Roberta. 1996. Universal Design: Creative Solutions for ADA Compliance . : Professional Publishing.

Null, Roberta and Kenneth F. Cherry . 1998. Universal Design: Creative Solutions for ADA Compliance . Belmont, CA.: Professional Publications.

Nussbaumer, Linda L. 2011. Inclusive Design: A Universal Need . NY: Fairchild

Park, J. M. (n.d.). Adult day care: An alternative to institutionalization (No. T-2139). Stillwater : Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. In this fact sheet, children's alternatives for taking care of their parents who are old and frail are discussed with a focus on adult day care. It provides information on what adult day care is, what types of older persons can use this facility, what services adult day care offers and how to locate one in the community. 

Park, J. M. (n.d.). Planning for your future: Housing and health care options for older adults (No. T-5136). Stillwater : Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Encourages older people to think ahead about where to live and what health treatments to receive in later years. It also invites older people to discuss this planning with their family. Issues included are options for remaining in a familiar community, moving in with an adult child and alternative housing choices. 

Pastalan , Leon A. 1990. Aging in Place: The Roll of Housing and Social Supports. New York : Haworth Press (ISBN 0866569812 $29.95)

Pastalan , Leon A. 1982. Aging and Human Visual Function. New York : Alan R. Liss, Inc.

Peloquin, Albert. 1994. Barrier-Free Residential Design. New York : McGraw Hill (ISPN 0-07-049326-X)

Peterson, Mary Jo. 1996. Universal Kitchen and Bathroom Planning: Design That Adapts to People . New Jersey : National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Peterson, Mary Jo. 1998. The National Kitchen & Bath Association Presents Universal Kitchen & Bathroom Planning: Design that adapts to people. New York : McGraw-Hill

Peterson, P. G. (2000). Does an aging society mean an aging culture? Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 99, 19-20. Examines a variety of implications of aging, including housing. Also acts as an introduction to the special issue topic of aging in this issue of the journal. 

Pirkl, James J. 1994. Transgenerational Design: Products for an Aging Population . New York : VNR (ISBN 0442010656 approx. $60.00)

Plae, Inc., USDA Forest Service, Sea Reach, Ltd. 1993. Universal Access to Outdoor Recreation: A Design Guide . Berkeley , California : MIG Communications.

Pollak, Patricia B. 1985. Aging-In-Place: Five Housing Alternatives for Elderly (Architecture Series-Bibliography, A-1490) . (ISBN 0898286205 $2.00).

Preiser , Wolfgang, F. E. (ed.) and Korydon Smith (ed.). 2010. Universal Design Handbook. New York : McGraw-Hill.

Pynoos, J. (1987). Home modifications: Improvements that extend independence. In V. Reigner & J. Pynoos (Eds.) , Housing the aged: Design directives and policy considerations . New York : Elsevier Science Publishing.

Pynoos, J., Overton, J., & De Meire, M. R. (1996). Home modification resource guide . Los Angeles : National Resource and Policy Center on Housing and Long Term Care and University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center .

Pynoos, Jon and Liebig, Phoebe (Ed.) 1995. Housing Frail Elders: International Policies, Perspectives, and Prospects . Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Univ. Press (ISBN 0801849802 $42.50).

Raschko, Bettyann B. 1982. Housing Interiors for the Disabled and Elderly . New York : VNR (ISBN 0442220014).

Redfoot, D. (1993, Winter). Supportive housing and the Housing Community Development Act of 1992. Supportive Housing Options . Los Angeles : National Eldercare Institute on Housing and Supportive Services and University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center.

Redmann, L. L. (1993). Doorway to independent living (No. HL 245). Clemson: Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Recommends design features to make a home accessible across the life cycle. These recommendations include exterior and interior features. 

Regnier, Victor. 1994. Assisted-Living Housing for the Elderly : Design Innovations from the United States and Europe . New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold ($42.95 ISBN=0442007027)

Regnier, Victor et. al. 1995. Assisted Living Housing for the Aged and Frail: Innovations in Design, Management, and Financing . Columbia Univ. Press ($35.00 ISBN=0231082762)

Regnier, Victor. 2002. Design forAssisted Living: Guidelines for Housing the Physically and Mentally Frail. New York: Wiley. ($75.00 ISBN 0471351822).

Rodman, David M., Lenssen, Nicholas, and Peterson, J. 1991. A Building Revolution: How Ecology and Health Concerns Are Transforming Construction Worldwatch Inst. ($5.00 ISBN=1878071254).

Rogers, C. C. (1999). Changes in the older population and implications for rural areas (Rural Development Research Report No. 90). Washington , DC : Food and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service , U.S. Department of Agriculture. This analysis presents data on changes in the age distribution and socioeconomic status of the older population by rural-urban residence and examines the implications for resources, services and programs in rural areas. 

Salmen, John P. S. and Quarve-Peterson, Julee. 1995. The 1995 Accessible Building Product Guide. New York , New York : John Wiley and Sons.

Salmon, Geoffrey and Vallins, Martin. 1994. Caring Environments for Frail Elderly People. New York : Wiley. (Call no. 1994 C-421).

Salvo, Jamie. 1999. A New Transition In Architecture: Accessible Design for the Disabled Population Using Universal Design/. ___________:___________.

Schaake, Carol , Ron Mace, and Rex Pace. Residential Remodeling and Univesal Design: Making Homes more Comfortable and Accessible . ________: Diane Publishing (ISBN #0799137522).

Schittich, Christain, Peter Ebner, Joachim Giessler and Lothar Marx. 2007. In Detail: Housing for People of All Ages: flexible, unrestricted, senior-friendly . Germany : Birkhauser.

Schneider, Christina. 1990. Designing and Constructing Dwellings for the Handicapped. Stuttgart , Germany : Informationszentrum Raum u. Bau d. Fraunhoffer-Ges. (IRB) (Call No. 2WA 795 D457 1990).

Schultz, J. R., and Drummond, S. E. (n.d.). Assessing an older person's home and neighborhood environment (No. T-5130) . Stillwater : Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Describes the importance of designing the living environment for older persons to be able to live independently in later years. The living environment consists of five basic needs: safety and security, comfort, privacy and control, social contact, and independence and personal development. 

Shannon, Michael L.N., 1997. Guidelines and Recommendations for Universal/Trangenerational Design. __________:_______

Sorensen, Robert. 1979. Design for Accessibility . New York : McGraw Hill.

Sohn, J. (1994). Older consumers' pre- and post-trial perceptions of residential universal design features . Unpublished master's thesis, Kansas State University , Manhattan , KS

Staines, Gail. (in press) Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-creating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research. Cambridge : Chandos Publishing ( Oxford ) Ltd.

Steinfeld , Edward and Maisel , Jordana. 2012. Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments . NJ: Wiley.

Talbert, R., Grayson, P. J., & Hyde, J. (nd). Fostering adaptive housing: An overview of funding, federal laws, and policies. In J. Hyde & S. Lanspery (Eds.), Staying put: Adapting the places instead of the people . Amityville , NY : Baywood Press.

Thorpe, Stephen. 2010. Wheelchair Housing Design Guide: 2nd Edition . London : Bree Press.

Trace Research and Development Center . 1991. Accessible Design of Consumer Products . : Trace Research and Development Center.

U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1984. Projections of the Population of the United State by Age, Sex, and Race 1983 to 2080. Current Population Reports , Series P-25, No. 952. Washington , DC : Government Printing Office.

Tremblay, K. R., Jr., and Kreul-Froseth, S. A. (1999). Safe, comfortable housing for the elderly (Consumer Series No. 9.913). Fort Collins: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. A fact sheet providing a quick check list that helps the elderly who want to live longer in their own home in evaluating the safety of their existing home.  

Tremblay, K. R., Jr., Strickland, S., and Birdsong, C. (1999). Home modifications for the disabled (Consumer Series No. 9.529). Fort Collins : Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. Presents considerations to make homes for disabled persons accessible and adaptable. Suggestions include space that is accessible for wheelchairs, ramps, kitchens, bathrooms and general tips for rugs, rods and closets.

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