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Rx for Living
October 2000

Let Nancilee Show You How to Use
Feng Shui to Find True Love!

by Nancilee Wydra

"Feng Shui and the Art of Aging"

With the baby boomers now well into their second half of life, the whole area of aging and how to make its effect more manageable is of considerable interest. From architects who will be designing public spaces used by a growing proportion of middle-aged people to household appliances and gadgets, the field of creating spaces and objects for this group is far more important than in the past. In a general way, this article looks at some of the larger issues for you to keep in mind when designing a home or purchasing items which you intend to use for decades to come. With everybody increasingly intent on recycling and reclamation under the banner of moderation, the era of throwaway is coming to an end.


Acuity is the ability to easily see edges and lines to distinguish shapes. Acuity diminishes for both near and distance sight as we age. Designs once so pleasing in youth, those with amorphous shapes and merging colors, require detective work to see clearly in mid life. More in tune with this new reality are sharply defined angles and cleanly edged designs that stand out against a background rather than merge or fade into it. Time to reflect upon a surface before it changes to accommodate the slightly longer time to inculcate what is seen is the hallmark of advertisements targeted for both youth and old age.


Larger door-pulls, handles and knobs are in order for mid life and beyond. Larger grips don't require as much dexterity as smaller ones and surfaces with a skid resistant coating are still easier to hold on to. Latches that can be pushed down rather than knobs that turn make doors easier to open. The same goes for pressure- sensitive drawers that just require a slight push anywhere on the front to make them open enough so that a person may easily grip the edge with both hands to open them fully.


Houses for the aging should have a sound system with several speakers per room and many speakers throughout the home. A system can easily be installed with wall mounted microphones so that it can also be used as a communication mechanism between rooms. In particular, kitchens and bathrooms where accidents are mostly likely to occur stand to benefit from such apparatuses.


Crowded furnishings and shelving inside storage units are frustrating when the mind tends to forget. Easily labeled shelving and duplicate visual storage for extra glasses, keys, scissors and other frequently used necessities make life less unsettling especially when the memory is likely to become more rather than less erratic.

This column is not meant to be negative for signs of aging do not mean that a person is not active, healthy and fully in possession of all mental faculties. The fact is that the body does slow down over time. My 94-year old Aunt published her first book at the age of 80 and is still going strong, writing almost daily while leading a very active interesting life. It does not matter when the changes happen, at 49 or 94, if you are blessed to live a long time you will notice some differences in your response to the stimuli from the environment.

Nancilee Wydra is the most published American author on feng shui. Her last two books are "Feng Shui Goes to the Office" March 2000 and "Feng Shui for Children's Spaces," November 2000. She teaches nationwide professional certification classes (www.windwater.com) and has a free Website with 100 answers to the most frequently asked feng shui questions, (www.EfengshuiUSA.com). She can be reached at 1-888-488-FSIA


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