Aging in Place: Part 4 | 4 HSW Credits

Below is the 4th snippet from the online narrated course, Aging in Place - Eliminating Pitfalls.  This course is AIA Approved for 4 HSW credits.

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EXPECT RESISTANCE

Don’t Expect Gratitude. Sometimes we just do what we have to do, regardless of the resistance faced. But don’t expect aging loved ones to be grateful when we suggest or implement changes in their lives.

    • No one likes to change, not even us. We have set routines, set ways to do things, habits we cannot break if we tried, and even ways we’ve developed to do things based on many, many years of experience learning to get it right. Regardless of whether another way seems like a better choice to you, if we haven’t decided on the necessity of change ourselves, nothing will be done.
    • No one likes to admit they can improve or be improved, not even us. If we felt like there was a better way to accomplish something, we would already be doing it that way. What we generally don’t care for, is someone younger than we are, telling us how much better they can make our lives. Especially when they are our children. We don’t really intend that anyone should decide for us which of our possessions we will need to eliminate in order to declutter. What we own, we own for a reason. We’d rather take chances with falling than give that priceless item away. Store it in another place for a while? That’s ridiculous. Why pay for storage when we can just keep storing it here?
    • No one likes role reversals, not even us. When we have been in charge our whole adult lives, we don’t expect to have anyone dictate anything to us. We are the decision makers and problem solvers in our relationships. We have years of experience and hard-earned wisdom on our side. If we want your advice, we will ask for it.
    • No one likes admitting they need help, not even us. We have spent lifetimes helping others who need it. We have little interest in feeling helpless, tired, weak or damaged. Because in our minds, we are still strong, twenty-year-old problem solvers. To admit otherwise will be to acknowledge the coming end of our time. Do we need help? No, but thank you anyway.

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Aging in Place: Part 3 | 4 HSW Credits

Below is the 3rd snippet from the online narrated course, Aging in Place - Eliminating Pitfalls.  This course is AIA Approved for 4 HSW credits.

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PROBLEMS TO BE EXPECTED WITH AGING

We have a long history of aging, pretty much since the beginning of time. It is no longer difficult to predict what will happen in our lives and bodies as we add to our years.

Balance will become a significant issue. This problem can arise from a loss of physical strength, effects of different medications, cognitive and visual impairments. Without thinking through a strategy to prevent or at least minimize falls, an issue with balance can become a significant health hazard. It’s a really good idea to periodically determine if loved ones (or you) can safely do these:

    • Climb up and down stairs with confidence
    • Stand and sit down again on chairs, beds, toilets, etc.
    • Get into, bathe and safely exit bathtubs and showers
    • Drive and return from destinations, from a standpoint of both physical and cognitive capability
    • Bend down and pick up items from the floor or lower shelves
    • Easily carry items like grocery bags and laundry baskets
    • Successfully use public transportation
    • Keep the home and property clean
    • Properly use all appliances
    • Manage personal health

A consequence of deciding to stay at home, whether alone or not, is the strong possibility of home accidents. Depending on the severity of the accident and whether injuries occur, if someone falls, they may not be able to get back on their feet. Cognitive issues like dementia can lead them away, but not necessarily back home. Extended periods of solitude, especially around holidays and in periods of inclement weather, can foster feelings of depression. In the presence of confusion and absence of assistance, medication use can turn dangerous when ignored, taken in excess or inadvertently combined with other medicine. Limited mobility leads to other issues like avoiding grocery shopping or failure to make scheduled health appointments. There are also various health conditions like strokes or Parkinson’s disease where the victims can simply no longer function alone.

Even if your loved one will allow you to make changes, it’s a very good idea to ease into them gradually. Prioritize the changes you (and they) feel will be beneficial and set a time frame to implement them. Discuss options and let the resident choose which ones will best meet their needs. Then accomplish agreed upon tasks in portions. Give those you love a chance to adapt to a few changes, before the next set is implemented. If all that sounds like it will be easy, it won’t.

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Aging in Place: Part 2 | 4 HSW Credits

Below is the 2nd snippet from the online narrated course, Aging in Place - Eliminating Pitfalls.  This course is AIA Approved for 4 HSW credits.

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THE SCOPE OF THIS WORK

Every design or building issue dealing with the disabled or handicapped cannot be dealt with here. Massive laws have been passed for the purpose of guiding design decisions for buildings intended for use by the disabled. Many of these focus on commercial buildings financed with taxpayer funds, institutional projects where users regularly come when facing health challenges, and multi-family housing of various types, possibly used for occupancy by the elderly.

Where published guidelines for public facilities cross building types, we will touch on them. Since pictures are worth more than words, where possible, we will include graphic illustrations of guidelines from the United States Access Board. Understanding the intent of such rules can at least open a glimpse into similar issues also faced in less public settings.

Our focus here, however, will be on private residences. Millions of private homes are becoming more difficult to use as we age. Aging-in-place simply refers to the desire to stay in a familiar home as long as possible in life. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is “ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” The easiest way to do that is to adapt the living facilities to changes in physical capabilities anticipated to arise. Otherwise, our beloved homes can slowly become prisons. And according to the AARP, over ninety percent of polled seniors want to stay home as they age. This obviously creates challenges for their children.

Our intention with this course is to look at what can be done to make it possible to stay in our homes for as long as possible, despite the debilitating effects of advancing age. We wish to demystify what is needed to age-in-place, rather than in an institutional setting. And to hopefully do so, while not driving our children crazy with concern for us.

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Aging in Place: Part 1 | 4 HSW Credits

Below is a snippet from the online narrated course, Aging in Place - Eliminating Pitfalls. This course is AIA Approved for 4 HSW credits.

Imagine this scenario: your once very active mother is making every excuse in the world not to leave the house in which you had grown up. She will not even allow you to take her to places you know she loved. Her reasons are totally out of character and implausible. What is going on?

A year before, she had slipped on ice taking trash out from a back deck. Falling on the steps, she had broken one of her kneecaps. Given her advanced age, it was slow to heal. In the process, favoring one leg had put undue stress on the opposite side hip, which had begun to severelytense pain from the fall, coupled with the weakness in her hip, has left her afraid and unsure of her ability to successfully climb down the front or back steps. Pain, and the fear of more pain, has made her a prisoner in her slightly elevated home.

Without saying anything, you drive to a nearby home improvement store and buy all the components you are going to need. Once back at her home, you install sturdy railings leading down from her front porch to the walk below, and easy to grip handrails down from the back deck to the back yard.

Suddenly, your mother is once again free. But the year she spent in captivity is burned into your mind. You had no clue, because you had never known that kind of failure. And she was too proud to admit she was afraid or to ask for help.

This is not remotely an isolated case. There are millions of homes in our country where aging parents and other occupants face steps needed to exit from their homes. These are steps they no longer have confidence or strength to negotiate. They also face life with a bewildering array of technology with which they have never felt comfortable. Bathrooms have become dangerous places. Their own second floors and basements are no longer even accessible to them. They must sometimes grope their way through a fog of confusion just to accomplish daily tasks that were once mundane and second nature. All the while they remain silent, because they don’t want to “be a burden” and ask for help.

Some problems they face cannot be helped. But many can, with the simple installation of equipment and hardware, or a few modest changes in routine. This writing is to familiarize others with problems faced by our aging population and possibly ourselves, along with suggestions on how to mitigate these issues in our residences, because someone needs to remove the invisible bars.

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Everything You Need To Know To Renew Your West Virginia Architect License

How do I renew my West Virginia architect license?

  1. Complete 12 HSW hours of continuing education
  2. Use the electronic notification sent to you by June 1st to renew or use the Paper Renewal Form
    You must pay a $75 renewal fee.

What are the West Virginia Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in West Virginia are required to complete 12-hours HSW of continuing education by December 31st annually. Licenses are renewed by June 30th annually.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my West Virginia architect license?

Yes.

I have extra West Virginia architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No.

Who notifies West Virginia of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does West Virginia offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in West Virginia. Follow this link to get started.

My West Virginia architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

You may renew your license normally but you will have to pay an additional late fee.

  • $150 if your license has been expired less than 6 months
  • $250 if your license has been expired more than 6 months

West Virginia Board of Architects

P.O. Box 9125
Huntington, WV 25704-0125
Website: West Virginia Board of Architects
Phone: 304-528-5825

Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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Texas Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Texas architect license?

  1. Complete 12-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online or by mail and pay the appropriate renewal fee
    $108 for residents | $200 for non-residents

What are the Texas Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Texas architects must complete a minimum of 12 HSW continuing education hours including 1-hour of Sustainable Design and 1-hour of Accessibility Standards each calendar year (January 1 through December 31). Licenses must be renewed the following June every year.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Texas architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Texas architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Up to 12 hours not used for the current period may be carried over to the next period.  Hours may not be carried forward more than one year.

Can I take the same course that I took last year for this year’s CEPH requirement?  What about a self-directed study?

No. You cannot repeat anything you have taken in the last 3 years except for the Texas Accessibility Academy or another similar course offered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Who notifies Texas of my architect continuing education?

Texas does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects must maintain continuing education records for 5-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Other documentation of continuing education includes but are not limited to: AIA transcripts, certificates of completion issued by the course provider, “sign-in” log provided directly by the course provider, and other correspondence or documentation provided directly by the course provider.

Does Texas offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Texas. Follow this link to proceed:  http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/HowToApply/Architects_RegByReciprocity

My Texas architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

You may renew your license normally by paying a late fee.

  • 1-90 days late: Residents-$160 | Non-residents-$300
  • 91 days-2 years late: Residents-$213 | Non-residents-$400
  • More than 2 years late: You must reapply for licensure

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

Physical Address:
333 Guadalupe Street
Suite 2-350
Austin, TX 78701-3942

Mailing Address:
PO Box 12337-2337
Austin, TX 78711-2337

Phone:  512-305-9000
Fax:  512-305-8900
Website: http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/Registrants/CEFAQs


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Kentucky Architect Renewal – 12/31 Deadline!

How do I renew my Kentucky architect license?

  1. Complete 12 Hours of continuing education by December 31st.
  2. A renewal notice will be sent to you in the mail approximately two months prior to the expiration date of your license.
  3. Complete the renewal notice and pay the $125 fee by June 30th.

What are the continuing education requirements for Kentucky architects?

Kentucky architects must complete a minimum of 12 continuing education hours (CEHs) each calendar year (January 1 through December 31) including 8 hours of continuing education in HSW subjects.

What is the deadline for architect continuing education in Kentucky?

All 12 hours of continuing education must be completed by December 31st every year.

When do I have to renew my Kentucky architecture license?

Licenses must be renewed by June 30th every year.

Who notifies the state of Kentucky of my architect continued education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state.  You must keep your records for at least 5 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Are AIA approved classes accepted?

Yes.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA Membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Who do I contact with questions about my Kentucky architect license?

Kentucky Board of Architects

155 East Main Street, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone: 859-246-2069
Fax: 859-246-2431
Website: http://boa.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Wyoming Architects – Are You Ready For the 12/31 Renewal Deadline?

Wyoming Architect Requirements For Renewal

Wyoming architects must complete 24-hours of HSW continuing education by December 31 every two years.  The state does not require proof of education at the time of renewal, however, licensees must keep certificates for two years in the case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your certificates for six years at no extra cost.

Once the continuing education requirement has been met, architects must complete a renewal application and pay a $150 renewal fee.

Architects that renew their license without completing the appropriate continuing education are subject to reprimand, probation, denial, suspension, revocation, limitation, restitution, and fines. The state conducts random audits after each renewal cycle to ensure all architects are meeting state requirements.

Wyoming Architect Requirements for Relicensure

Architects who do not renew their license by the expiration deadline have 3 years to apply for reissuance. You must submit your original signed application and pay a $375 fee to renew your license.

Online Wyoming-Approved Architect Continuing Education

Architects Training Institute offers a Wyoming-approved online 24-hour continuing education package and individual continuing education courses.   We also provide an 18-hour package that fulfills Wyoming and AIA requirements. Classes are available 24/7 on any internet capable device with the benefit of our friendly support staff to guide you through your renewal process.


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Missouri Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Missouri architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours of HSW
  2. Renew your license online

What are the Missouri Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Missouri architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 16-hours in HSW by December 31st every two-years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Missouri architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Missouri architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, a maximum of 12 qualifying CEUs may be forwarded to the subsequent renewal period.

Who notifies Missouri of my architect continuing education?

It is the registrant’s responsibility to notify the State.  Records must be maintained for a minimum of four years for auditing purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Missouri offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Missouri, complete the Missouri Application for Licensure as an Architect by Comity.

My Missouri architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

Complete the Missouri Application for Relicensure.

Who do I contact from the state with questions about my Missouri architect license?

Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects

3605 Missouri Boulevard, Suite 380
Jefferson City, MO  65109

Phone: 573-751-0047
Fax: 573-751-8046
TTY: 800-735-2966
Voice Relay: 800-735-2466

Email: profreg@pr.mo.gov
Website:  http://pr.mo.gov/architects.asp


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Mississippi Architect Frequently Asked Renewal Questions

How do I renew my Mississippi architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $275 renewal fee

What are the Mississippi Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Mississippi architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW hours of continuing education hours by November 30th of odd-numbered years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Mississippi architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Mississippi architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Mississippi of my architect continuing education?

It is the registrant’s responsibility to notify the State. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Mississippi offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Mississippi. Follow this link to proceed: http://www.msboa.ms.gov/Pages/ArchLicensure.aspx.

My Mississippi architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

Complete the online reinstatement process and pay the $600 reinstatement fee.

Mississippi State Board of Architecture

2 Professional Parkway #2B
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157

Phone: 601-856-4652
Fax: 601-856-1510
Toll free: 888-272-2627
E-Mail: msboa@archbd.state.ms.us
Website: http://www.archbd.state.ms.us/


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