Design workshop looks to keep seniors in home - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Design workshop looks to keep seniors in home

Posted: Updated:
CHRISTIANSBURG -

A local group is looking at ways to keep aging community members in their in homes longer.

The NRV Planning District Commission was leading a group looking into housing issues when it determined the New River Valley was aging. Specifically, it found the number of people 65 or older would double by the year 2030 yet a number of homes in the area are not suited for an aging population.

Thursday, nearly a dozen organizations will meet to come up with design solutions for making homes more life span friendly. They'll work together generating ideas to pass along to architects and builders. "They may want to take into account some simple designs features such as making their bathrooms wheelchair accessible," explained Kevin Byrd. "If they can do that they might be able to defer going to an assisted living facility in the future, was of keeping people in their homes and in their communities."

After the workshop, architects will develop prototype sketches based on what the group came up with that will be made available to the community. The design workshop will be held from 8:30n a.m. to 2:00 p.m. August 22. It was relocated to The Event Centre in Christiansburg after more than double the people expected signed up to attend.

  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president

    Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:33:10 GMT
    Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the...
  • Roanoke Co. man in court for credit card scam

    Roanoke Co. man in court for credit card scam

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:26:53 GMT
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - 43-year-old William Gomez is charged with six felonies after police found 370 illegal credit cards in his apartment.
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - 43-year-old William Gomez is charged with six felonies after police found 370 illegal credit cards in his apartment.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.