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Lifelong Housing Design: Options and costs for upgrading your home

Date: 03/14/2011

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Goldstein Museum of Design McNeal Hall

Cost: Free


Jim and Maria, a fictional couple in their mid 60s, want to refurbish their 1960s home so they can continue to enjoy their active, engaged lifestyle into their 80s. What can they do? The University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum is displaying their refurbished Smart House for visitors to tour.

In this forum, a museum curator will narrate a one-hour, hands-on tour of the house. An interactive exhibit will provide options for retrofitting existing entrances to homes. Presentations will address ways to upgrade a home to meet evolving needs, the costs of these remodels, and suggestions on how to get started.

Presenters Include:
Lyn Bruin, Housing Studies Associate Professor,
College of Design, University of Minnesota

Jodi Riha, Master’s Student, College of Design,
University of Minnesota

Diane Sprague, Lifetime Home Project
Ron Peterson, Residential Energy Auditor, ENERVISION
Steve Johnson, Sustainable Resources Center

This forum is free and open to the public. To register, go to www.vital-aging-network.org; look under What’s New.


  • Name: Vital Aging Network
  • E-mail: info@vital-aging-network.org
  • Phone: 651-917-4652
  • Sponsored by: College of Design, Goldstein Museum of Design


Park at the Gortner Ramp, 1395 Gortner Avenue, at a rate of $3 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $12. Or park for free on the State Fair grounds, a 5- to 10-minute walk uphill to McNeal Hall. Public transportation is also available through Metro Transit. To learn about parking or how to get to the U, click here. Or visit VAN’s website at www.vital-aging-network.org.

More information: http://www.vital-aging-network.org/Forums/47/Lifelong_Housing_Design__Options_and_costs_for_upgrading_your_current_home_.html

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Vital Aging Network at 651-917-4652 or info@vital-aging-network.org.

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