Actively and Safely Aging in Place Through Interior Design

Apply research-based tools to identify design solutions for aging in place.

Supported by
ASID Foundation

Benefit from research exploring older adults’ perceptions and attitudes toward currently available interior design features and assistive technologies that support active living at home. You will learn about assistive technology solutions to support four active living categories: housekeeping; environmental controls; safety and security; and environmental adaptations, in addition to comprehensive smart home/home automation systems. In addition, receive hands-on guidance in applying accessible online tools in your research on assistive technology design solutions. This course presents an overview and findings from a study conducted by Virginia Tech, funded by the ASID Foundation Transform Grant. 

What You Will Learn
  • Identify currently available design and ambient assistive technologies that can support active living in residential environments of older adults 
  • Recognize which design features and/or assistive technologies may be more appropriate for different older adult populations based on income or ability level 
  • Describe how research studying policy and design process decisions can apply to the larger design community. 
  • Utilize the interactive data visualizations to make informed design decisions on home-based technologies. 

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-114645 (Your CEU will be reported on your behalf by ASID)

Access Period: One year from registration date. 


This CEU is registered with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits. This credit will be accepted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

The content included is not deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by IDCEC of any material or construction or any method or manner of handling, using distributing or dealing in any material or product.

Questions related to specific materials, methods and services should be directed to the instructor and provider of the CEU.

This program is registered for 1 CEU value | HSW. The IDCEC class-code is: CC-114645.

Attendees who do not belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and do not have a unique IDCEC number will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after this CEU.

Elif Tural, Ph.D., WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc.

Assistant Professor of Interior Design, School of Architecture and Design

Virginia Tech

Elif Tural, Ph.D., WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc. is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design. Dr. Tural received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University. Her multidisciplinary design education includes an MFA in Interior Architecture, and a B.Arch. Her research interests include design factors for health and active living with a focus on senior residential environments and lighting design. As the 2017 Edison Price Fellow of the Nuckolls Fund, Dr. Tural worked at Oculus Lighting Studio, a Los Angeles-based architectural lighting design firm to enhance her research and teaching in the field of lighting design. She holds WELL AP and LEED credentials, and is a member of EDRA, IDEC, and IESNA.


Actively and Safely Aging in Place Part One
Open to view video.
Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 30 minute video in order to move forward in the course.
Actively and Safely Aging in Place Part Two
Open to view video.
Open to view video. You must watch at least 75% of this 13 minute video in order to move forward in the course.
Research Findings
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Download the Executive Summary of the research project described in this course.
Actively and Safely Aging in Place Course Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  10/12 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  10/12 points to pass Click on the Data Visualization Tool tab at the top to access the web-based tool needed to answer Questions 8-10. You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
ASID Academy Course Evaluation Survey
3 Questions
3 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion and Credit Certificate
1.00 CEU   |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU   |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member.