Allied ASID, CAPS, CLIPP, CHAMP, President of Golden Age Living
Day 2 Round Table Discussion: The Role “Home Technology” Plays in Keeping Older Adults Safe, Secure and Connected in Today’s Changing World
We use some form of technology every day consciously or unconsciously and, depending on our age, we are either comfortable using it or we aren’t. With circumstances such as COVID changing how we live, work, and play, technology has accelerated itself to the forefront of our daily lives. So how has “HOME TECHNOLOGY” transformed the livable environment today? Some older adults use a home phone and over time transitioned to a cell phone, embracing the features it offered over time; communication at your fingertips no matter where you are. A home can be transformed overnight to provide security, safety, ease of use, and comfort to people of all ages and lifestyles. Applications like “ZOOM” or “WEBEX” have become mainstream to communicate with our family, friends, pharmacy, health care providers, and even food providers. Join us on a simulated “home technology” tour first, then join us in the home of octogenarians JT and Emily, who downsized their home but upgraded their technology. They will inform you on the steps they took – from discussion and floor plans to installation of new products or services, and the learning curves it took to adapt to their new living environment.
Wanda E. Gozdz, B.S., A.S., founder and president of Golden Age Living, LLC, Deerfield Beach, Florida, is a consultant, residential interior designer, author, an accomplished educator and speaker as well as an award-winning advocate for seniors. Her goal is twofold: to inform consumers as they age on how to adapt their homes to their changing lifestyles and to educate professionals who serve the senior market on how to help clients and their families to “age in place.” In 2007 Ms. Gozdz founded Golden Age Living, a consulting and interior design company. Its mission is to empower the aging to live independent quality lives in their homes and work environments, emphasizing sustainable design. Her expertise is creating assessments. Wanda Gozdz received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Celebrity Press for contributing a chapter entitled “The Sparks That Ignited My Life” in the book Ignite Your Life, featuring Brian Tracy and Wanda Gozdz. She authored “Sensible Smart Tips for Living in Your ForeverHome™”. Ms. Gozdz served on the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, (BOAD) as a consumer member. Gozdz serves on the Advisory Committee of Indian River Sate College, Interior Design & Technology Department. She is President of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID), Florida Chapter, International Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Association of Aging in America (AIA), and the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF). Gozdz was awarded the 2020 Affliate of the Year Award from Decorators and Designers Association of Canada. She has taught CAPS classes in Canada since 2014.