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Who Will be AAHSA’s Last Designer Standing?

Philadelphia, October 8, 2008

What: Four months ago, a group of Drexel University design students embarked on a journey to learn how their work could enrich the lives older adults. Those same students will now go head –to-head at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging’s (AAHSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in a competition like any other. Working in rooms built right on the exposition floor, watch as two student teams paint, hammer and sew their ideas to life as part of a 2-day quest to build uniquely personal, but affordable, rooms for a local senior. Thousands of meeting attendees get an up close look at the action and ultimately decided which design most uniquely celebrates this individual’s life. Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall BC (1101 Arch Street) When: Exhibition hours are: --Monday, Oct. 13, noon to 4 p.m. --Tuesday, Oct. 14, noon to 3:30 p.m. --Wednesday, Oct. 15, noon to 3:30 p.m. Who: The team leaders are: Diana Dougherty, Christopher Hansen, Michelle Preiston Amanda Pincin. Local sponsors include Perkins Eastman, CSD Architects, FreemanWhite Senior Living and Arthur Shuster, Inc. Background: The 5,300 member organizations of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa.org) help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. AAHSA’s commitment is to create the future of aging services through quality people can trust. ### News Media Contacts: Niki Gianakaris, Assistant Director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu Lauren Shaham, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 202-508-1219 or lshaham@aahsa.org On-site contact: Zeek Weil, Director of Communication, Westphal College 215-895-2629, 215-360-7600 (cell) or zw36@drexel.edu