ASID Joins AARP’s 50th Anniversary and Exhibits at Life@50+ Event

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ASID members will be on hand Sept. 4 – 6  to talk about designing a home that is accessible, functional and stunning

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 27, 2008) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will host a booth during the AARP annual lifestyle event and expo, Life@50 , September 4 – 6, 2008 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Drue Lawlor, FASID and ASID designers will be answering questions from attendees about ways to improve their homes for their current lifestyle and how to ready a home for the future. A home that is safe, comfortable and easy to maintain can be integrated into any design so that it is not noticeable. Aging in place and universal design elements can enhance the style, as well as the functionality, of any home. Good design can create a welcoming and safe environment for all ages.

“Helping clients envision a space that is unlimited by its design and as such allows them to remain independent for as long as possible – this is one of the greatest services that we as design professionals can provide,” says Lawlor. “Often this is something that involves the entire family as so many clients these days are also helping to care for their own parents, as well as possibly their grandchildren.”

Lawlor will be showcasing a new book coauthored with Michael Thomas, FASID, CAPS, titled Residential Design for Aging in Place, and showing photos of homes that have been redesigned to support active aging. Broken down by comfort, ease and safety, the following is just a glimpse into the information provided in the book:


  • Adjustable bed, set low enough to sit with feet on floor
  • Radiant flooring in bathroom 
  • Heated bath towel bars


  • Stepless shower with adjustable-height faucet
  • Dual-height bathroom and kitchen counters for standing and sitting
  • Remote-controlled window treatments and lighting
  • Low-pile carpet where carpet is used
  • Keyless door lock


  • Non-slip flooring throughout home
  • Increased lighting (three times as much as for younger adults) in all rooms but particularly bathrooms and kitchens
  • Beautiful grab bars in every bathroom, not just in the tub/shower
  • Security system that is armed with swipe of key fob upon leaving home

“The 25,000 attendees at Life@50 will have a great opportunity to see that safe, comfortable and user-friendly home design can come in an array of styles and price points,” said AARP’s Senior Vice President for Livable Communities Elinor Ginzler.  “But whatever the style or price, good universal design is effectively invisible as it makes life easier for everyone.”

For more information on the AARP Life@50 lifestyle event and expo or to register as an attendee or press, go to:

Media inquiries for Drue Lawlor, FASID, or Michael Thomas, FASID, CAPS, should be sent to To purchase Residential Design for Aging in Place go and copies will be available for sale at the AARP event.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.


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