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EuniceEunice Noell-Waggoner is President of the Center of Design for an Aging Society. She has practiced interior architectural design for over 30 years. Her current work through the Center involves developing and coordinating demonstration projects to raise awareness of age-related issues along with positive action plans for individuals, local communities and national interests. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on aging, design and lighting, and authored numerous articles published in design magazines and health journals. (See Resources.)

She served on the American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Center's Steering Committee for 12 years. As the founding Chair of the Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted Committee of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, she directed the development of a Recommended Design Practice: “Lighting and the Visual Environment for Senior Living”, which is now an ANSI Standard (American National Standards Institute, Inc.). She continues to serve on this committee.

houseMs. Noell-Waggoner was also the Project Director for the Portland Memory Garden, which is designed to meet the needs of those with physical and mental disabilities, especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease and age-related disabilities. In addition, she designed and developed "Home-for-a Lifetime," a demonstration project promoting aging-in-place in the neighborhood. The attached-single-family home project, consisting of three private residences--two new homes and one home remodel, brings together issues of public transportation, the importance of outdoor spaces, environmental considerations, i.e. indoor air quality, daylight, and energy efficiency, universal design considerations, and social issues of security ("watching out" for each other), all within a shared outdoor environment with common areas. See Home for a Lifetime

Research Projects
Ms. Noell-Waggoner coordinated the lighting design for two lighting research project conducted by the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Oregon Health and Science University and funded by the National Institute on Health. The research involved environmental light therapy for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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