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Design event demonstrates aging-in-place options

American Society of Interior Designers Hawaii is holding a free educational event to give seniors a chance to talk with design professionals about updating their homes to accommodate their needs as they age.

The “Design Impacts Lives” event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Na Lama Kukui showroom, 560 N. Nimitz Highway.

Panel discussions will be held at 11 a.m. on the benefits of working with a certified designer; and at 2 p.m. on how to choose a designer.

A food truck corral, with local vendors like the Tin Hut BBQ, The Streatz and Kona Ice, will be available throughout the day’s activities, which include:

>> A sample sale of new home items such as materials, shower tiles, kitchen and bath fixtures, and small furniture.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity and ASID.

>> An aging-in-place design booth, where attendees can experience the challenges in the home for kupuna.

Attendees can try navigating a typical floor plan using a wheelchair, wear goggles that mimic glaucoma and attempt to open doors with bands on their hands to simulate arthritis. They can also get information on design options available to help homeowners as they age.

>> Register for one-on-one hour-long sessions with a designer for a $75 fee (a $200 value) at

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