Symposium Aimed at Senior Homes

by WOHe

Symposium Aimed at Senior
Homes

Washington, DC America’s expanding 55+ population will be the
focus of the 2002 Seniors Housing Symposium, “Building for Boomers
and Beyond: Redefining Youth, Redesigning Housing,” the event’s
sponsor, the National Association of Home Builders, announced.

Presented by the NAHB Seniors Housing Council, the event will
take place May 1-3 at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites & Villas
in Orlando, FL.

The symposium will explore the evolving housing needs and
interests of aging baby boomers, who account for one-fifth of all
homebuyers and boast the highest homeownership rates of any age
group, sponsors noted. “Home buyers in the 55+ age group are
healthier and wealthier than ever, and they expect their housing
choices to reflect their active, independent lifestyles,” Antonio
Giordano, Jr., chairman of the NAHB Seniors Housing Council,
said.

Educational programs will feature topics on design innovations
for single-family and multi-family products, project development,
research, trends and special needs of seniors.

The symposium will include a exhibits, roundtable discussions, a
bus tour of cutting-edge active adult communities, social events
and networking opportunities.

A highlight of the symposium, according to the NAHB, will be the
keynote presentation by William Novelli, CEO of AARP. Novelli will
address AARP’s independent living agenda and the role home
builders, designers and remodelers play in meeting the needs of
boomers.

In addition, Building for Boomers and Beyond will serve as the
kick-off of the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
designation course for remodelers interested in specializing in
home modifications for an aging population, the NAHB said. The
course was developed under the leadership of the NAHB Remodelors
Council and Seniors Housing Council, and authored by the NAHB
Research Center in collaboration with AARP and the National
Endowment for the Arts.

For additional information, call (800) 368-5242, ext. 8474, or
visit the event’s Web site at www.ncosh.com/build4boomers.
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