Public Health, Aging Commissions offer workshops

Our homes are very important to us. For many, they are a sanctuary filled with happy memories. But as we age, our homes may not continue to fit us, or meet our changing needs. In fact, homes can become uncomfortable, and even pose potential safety hazards.
The Carver County Public Health Department, and the Senior/Aging Commissions in Chanhassen, Mayer, Norwood Young America, Victoria, Waconia and Watertown, are sponsoring workshops to address how aging residents can remodel their homes to increase comfort, safety and accessibility. Innovative housing options will also be discussed.
“As Carver County’s population continues to age, we need to continue conversations about how residents can age safely in their homes, and in the community,” said Marcee Shaughnessy, Manager, Carver County Public Health Department. “Supporting this communication and planning with the city-level Senior/Aging Commissions remains one of Public Health’s top priorities.”
The Home Modification & Innovative Living Arrangements workshop series includes:
Home Modification, covering universal design, entrance design, and movement in the home.
• Chanhassen Library: Monday, Oct. 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
• Waconia City Hall: Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Home Modification, including kitchen, bath and laundry features.
• Chanhassen Library: Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
• Waconia City Hall: Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Innovative Housing Options, such as co-housing and accessory dwelling unit construction.
• Chanhassen Library: Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
• Waconia City Hall: Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Home Modification & Innovative Living Arrangements workshop series will be presented by Diane Sprague, director of the Lifetime Home Project, and funded through a Lifetime Communities grant from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. While the event is free and open to the public, registration is required.
If you would like to register or learn more about the Home Modification & Innovative Living Arrangements workshop series, contact Lenny Schmitz with Carver County Public Health – Office of Aging at (952) 361-1328.

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