Communicating with Seniors

Communicating with Seniors provides insights and techniques to facilitate communications with those who are in their senior years.

1 Hour

Approval Number: 9879179

Provider Number: PVD468 Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design


This class about  communicating with older people equips architects with the knowledge and skills needed to create more inclusive, accessible, and user-friendly designs that cater to the diverse needs of an aging population.

This class addresses the unique characteristics that should be considered when communicating with seniors. The factors relating to biological age, impairments and cognitive abilities are addressed. Practical techniques for improving communication with seniors are presented.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe methods of calculating age.
  • Recognize the components of using the biological method of calculating age.
  • Recognize skills and considerations in communication with Seniors.

Who will Benefit from this Class

Architects will benefit from taking this class about how to communicate with older people for several reasons:

  • Understanding Diverse Needs
    Older individuals may have unique needs and preferences when it comes to architectural design. A class can provide insights into the physical and cognitive changes that come with aging, helping architects create spaces that are more inclusive and accessible.
  • Inclusive Design
    Learning how to communicate effectively with older people allows architects to design spaces that cater to a diverse range of users. This inclusivity is not only ethical but can also enhance the functionality and usability of buildings for people of all ages.
  • User-Centered Design
    Effective communication with older individuals involves understanding their perspectives and incorporating their feedback into the design process. This user-centered approach can result in architecture that better meets the needs and preferences of the aging population.
  • Cultural Sensitivity
    Older people may come from diverse cultural backgrounds, and a class on communication can help architects develop cultural sensitivity. This is crucial for creating spaces that respect and reflect the cultural diversity of the communities they serve.
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
    Understanding how to communicate with older individuals may also involve awareness of legal and ethical considerations. For example, architects may need to consider compliance with accessibility standards and regulations related to accommodating older individuals in public spaces.
  • Community Engagement
    Many architectural projects involve community engagement. Learning effective communication skills with older community members can facilitate better collaboration and ensure that the design aligns with the needs and aspirations of the entire community.
  • Long-Term Sustainability
    As populations age, there is a growing need for spaces that support aging in place. Architects who understand how to communicate with older individuals can contribute to the design of environments that promote independent living and well-being in later stages of life.


Class completions are reported to the DBPR.

Renewal Cycle

Continuing Education credits for the 2/28 odd year renewal must be completed by 12/31 even year.

Refer to the Architecture Continuing Education Handbook for additional information.


Florida Architect Continuing Education Requirements
Architects are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education (22 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses and 2 hours in the Florida Building Code advance course).

Florida Interior Designer Continuing Education Requirements
Interior Designers are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (14 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses, 2 hours in the Florida Building Code advance course, and 4 hours in optional or health, safety, and welfare related courses).

Advanced Course Requirement
Both Architect and Interior Design licensees are required to obtain a minimum of 2 hours of continuing education by completing an approved provider’s specialized or advanced course, approved by the Florida Building Commission, on the Florida Building Code, relating to the licensee’s respective area of practice for future renewals.

This course includes:

  • Virtual Access From Any Computer
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Competitive Pricing
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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The class will be available for twelve months after the date of purchase.

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