Wellness Design Hits the Presidential Campaign!

It’s extremely rare that the topic of wellness design intersects with politics — though it really should more often, especially in a pandemic where millions are sheltering at home! — so I was pretty surprised when I heard that Joe Biden touted a successful aging-in-place program in one of his recent campaign speeches. I did some research to find out more about the program he mentioned and was incredibly impressed by what I learned. Not only is CAPABLE helping low income seniors stay safer and happier in their homes, it’s also saving thousands on healthcare costs! Current HHS Secretary Azar has praised it too, and bipartisan support is extremely valuable. Here’s more information about it from its creator at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing via my latest piece for Forbes.com. I’ll be writing more about it again soon.

blind corner cabinet swing-out organizing accessory

Organizers help seniors reach items in their kitchens more easily
(Photo Courtesy of Kesseböhmer/Kitchen Design by Dee Maher // Wellness by Design, (Tiller Press), (c) J. Gold



One pandemic and four months later, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness, is finally, officially released today!

What a long, strange year it’s been – and we’re only in September! 

When I started writing this book last summer, I couldn’t have predicted that millions of us would be working from home full-time now, working out at home with our gyms closed, or setting up school rooms at home for our children because of a virus tearing up lives around the globe.

But here we are, and many of the ideas I shared in this full-color, 256-page volume are timelier than ever. For example:

  • How to create an ergonomic work from home space;
  • How to set up a safe fitness area;
  • How to make your kitchen more functional for quick, healthy meal prep;
  • How to optimize your bedroom for sleep;
  • How to set up kids’ bedrooms for sleep, study and fun;
  • How to improve your home’s indoor air quality – and why this is so important!

For everyone who preordered the book, thank you very, very much!

There are several places where you can purchase the book. Amazon is certainly one, and the book is available with free shipping for Prime members. It’s also available through Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. If, like me, you enjoy supporting independent book sellers, you can find my book at a store near you on Bookshop.org or Indie Bound.

The first week of sales provide an important signal about interest in a book, and make it more visible to other folks like you who could find it valuable too. Reviews do this too, and if you could create a short five-star review to post on these sites I’d greatly appreciate it:

Feel free to use this form to help create something you can copy/paste to each of them.   Depending on your browser and device, you might have to download it first to use the form.

Once you purchase the book, you’ll find a web address in the back pages for extra content on my website. This will include wellness design checklists and resources, links to the articles and posts featured in the Endnotes, and links to the design pros and brands whose gorgeous images are shared in the book.


I was THRILLED when Design Milk, one of the top design blogs wrote about the book and interviewed me for it! You can check that out here.


Reader’s Digest shared my tips in its 13 Brilliant Organizing Shortcuts You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner piece too.  You can read that here.





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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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