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NJIT Research Architect B. Lynn Hutchings believes that by making a few practical, effective and relatively inexpensive changes to school buildings, they can become better environments for students with severe physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities. She will spread her word to school social workers at the Nov. 6-8, 2009 Annual Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education, in San Antonio. >>
Environmental psychologist Richard Olsen, PhD, and research architect Lynn Hutchings are people on a mission. The researchers, based in the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT, would like to see older people and people with dementia live better, safer and more comfortable lives staying in their homes. “The thing to keep in mind when assessing a home is to remain flexible and honest when assessing the capabilities of the individual,” said Olsen. >>
Environmental psychologist Richard Olsen, PhD, a research professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has developed 16 easy and affordable ways people can make their homes safer and more comfortable.  The information may help baby boomers planning retirement homes.  Olsen regularly studies ways to improve living environments for the aging and people with disabilities and Alzheimer's disease.“Our studies consistently illustrate that with several simple, relatively inexpensive modifications such as reorganizing the kitchen cabinets or installing anti-skid strips on the stair tread, people can create safer and more comfortable living environments,” said Olsen who also directs the health and aging division at NJIT's Center for Architecture and Building Science Research. >>