Experts Share Advice On Making Homes Safer And More Comfortable For People With Dementia

I’m extremely fortunate that neither of my parents suffered from any forms of dementia, but my sister and I are in our 60s now and not immune. I hope we continue unimpaired – and that you and your loved ones do too. Unfortunately, the number of Americans impacted by this condition will nearly triple in the next four decades. What can we do to help in the meantime? According to the three experts I interviewed for my latest Forbes.com wellness design article, quite a bit! Most important, we can help our loved ones stay independent in their own homes longer. Read about how here. Then join us this afternoon for a Clubhouse conversation here.

Apartment designed for people with Alzheimers. Room shows couch, TV, bed, bedside chair, table and chairs.

Apartment at Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s for people with dementia
(Photo: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America // Rosemary Bakker – Designer)




What other topics do you want to hear about in the new year? Comment below and let me know.



Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.

2023 Recordings:

  • 3/1 Best Wellness Products from Design & Construction Week — Recording Link
  • 2/15 Designing with Fire Features (Fireplaces, Fire Tables, Fire Pits, Etc.) — Recording Link
  • 1/18 Healthy Home Improvements with Best ROI — Recording Link
  • 1/4 Creating Home Fitness Rooms — Recording Link

2022 Recordings:

2021 Recordings:



Here are a few links that could be helpful to you in living a safe, healthy life at home:


Modern kitchen with black and white cabinets and induction cooktop. Also an open appliance garage. GetYour Kitchen Ready For Healthy Holiday Cooking And Entertaining - I reached out to three pros -- one retail executive, one nutrition expert and one kitchen designer -- for what they're seeing as kitchen resources to consider. Their tips extend beyond healthy holiday entertaining into getting your new year's resolutions off to a good start. Continue Reading
Bathroom with wetroom featuring multiple showerheads and teak bench. Homeowners Are Delaying Their Remodeling Projects – Should You? - What I've been experiencing in this small scale process is that it takes far longer than you'd imagine to get bids from contractors and samples from manufacturers. I'd sure hate to be taking on a kitchen or bath remodel at this point. Turns out that many other Americans are having the same thoughts -- and… Continue Reading
Steam shower in modern white bathroom with access to courtyard garden. Wellness Benefits of Home Saunas and Steam Showers - I've enjoyed using steam showers and saunas at spas and would love to have one in my forever home. If you've been curious about adding one (or both) to yours, you'll want to check out my latest article on the topic. Either of these wellness amenities can enhance your health and resale value. Continue Reading
Residential kitchen with leafy wall and dramatically printed black and white stone countertops and splash. Wellness Trends Strongly in Premium Retail Chain - This week's post looks at Ferguson, a chain of 250 stores in the US and Canada. I included numerous quotes from designers about what they're doing with these trends too. Continue Reading
Bedroom with gray and white patterned blackout draperies, white bed and nightstand with plant. Protecting Your Home From Extreme Heat Damage - We know what heat does to our bodies, but what about our homes? Surely, there's an impact to relentless hot weather assaults on our roof, foundation, siding, patio and even interiors. We already know that high temps make our air conditioning systems work harder. Does it make their lives shorter too? Quite possibly. Continue Reading
Laundry room with washer, dryer and clothing sanitizer. Dealing With Home-Based Allergies And Sensitivities - My sister has hay fever and pet allergies. I got lucky in those respects, but I have very sensitive skin. I wanted to address both allergens and sensitivity triggers in our home environments with practical solutions, and was delighted to find three experts who could contribute to this topic. Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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