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AARP HomeFit: A Guide to Creating a Safe & Comfortable “Lifelong Home”

December 3, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Home Fit

Two Thursdays:  Dec 3 & 17   11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  (1 CE)

Note: Both Thursday sessions are the same, so you need only register for one.

IOA is proud to partner with AARP in debuting a new program: HomeFit.  HomeFit has been created to help older adults and adults with disabilities remain independent and living in the comfort of their homes, for as long as possible. Both IOA and AARP consistently find that older and disabled adults want to stay in their current homes and communities; however, barely one percent of the nation’s housing supply contains any “universal design” elements — such as single-story living or a sink that can be reached from a wheelchair. This presentation can help individuals and families make their current or future residence – or that of a loved one or client – their “lifelong home.”

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize at least 3 key areas in which a home can be modified to support changing needs and lifestyle at any age
  • Identify at least 5 low-cost modifications or updates for making a home safe, and which can easily be performed by a “handy” friend or family member
  • Distinguish between modifications that are “do-it-yourself” (DIY) or that are best left to a professional
  • Name at least 4 different types of home-modification specialists, and how each of these specialists can address different needs

Your Instructors:

Kris Ritualo, AARP California Senior Program Specialist, award-winning project manager with 10+ years’ experience in marketing, community relations, outreach, creating program development and implementation. Skilled in collaboration, and building and sustaining key partnerships and communications, Kris has a strong reputation for improving efficiency and profitability through team involvement and continuous process improvement. Kris is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and is an expert in delivering the HomeFit workshop. Kris is currently pursuing an MBA.

Grace-Sonia E. Melanio, AARP California Program Specialist is a Program Specialist for AARP California, and is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) accredited by the National Association of Home Builders. Her passion for livable communities and universal design began when she served as a caregiver for her father rehabilitating after hip surgery. Prior to joining AARP, she was Director of Communications and Health Policy for Community Health Partnerships, and led grassroots advocacy campaigns to improve affordable-healthcare access.

Register here for December 3:   https://aarphomefitioa1.eventbrite.com

Register here for December 17: https://aarphomefitioa2.eventbrite.com

Both Thursday sessions are the same, so you need only register for one.


December 3, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


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