Environmental Gerontologist + Independent Researcher
Built environment researcher and consultant focusing on residential universal design and age-friendly community planning.
Podcast producer and host: Home and Place Podcast, creating cross-discipline conversations about aging and the importance of place.
With a deep appreciation for the power of place and importance of personal choice, I help decision makers create homes and places that promote health and wellness throughout the generations.
Using my skills as an occupational therapist, gerontologist, community planner, and training as a certified aging in place specialist — I help developers build communities that enable people to stay in the home of their choice as they age. Combine this education and training with my deep passion for beautiful and thoughtful home design, you have a powerful advocate for creating cohesive places that promote healthy aging, intergenerational connection, and a thriving community.
Graduate Certificate (Winter 2019, projected). Community Planning.
Arizona State University (online), Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
MA (2010). Gerontology with emphasis in Health, Wellness, and Aging.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Thesis: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: Mapping trends and predicting patterns of aging in America.
BSc. (2005). Occupational Therapy.
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, USA.
2019 (upcoming in May) NCI System Certified Trainer, National Charrette Institute. Brooklyn, NY.
2019 (upcoming) EcoDistricts AP. Online.
2018 Design Psychology Workshop, housing interior emphasis. Toby Israel Consulting, Inc. Online.
2018 Certification in Older Adult Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid USA. Longmont, CO.
2017 Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). National Association of Home Builders. Denver, CO.
Nichole travels around the world presenting guest lectures and workshops to groups as large as a handful or hundreds.
Some of her popular topics include:
Accessible Tiny Homes
Residential Universal Design
Reach out if you would like Nichole to speak in your classroom or conference.
It all started when
my grandfather became ill. His name was Happy; he went by Hap. We adored each other! When I was in high school, he had a couple of little strokes (TIAs). I went with him to rehab and learned about occupational therapy. With the goal of being able to help people like him and families like ours, I decided to wholeheartedly pursue the profession. Happy passed away in 2001, I graduated from OT school in 2005, and then pursued a masters in gerontology.
I miss him every day.
I have dedicated my professional self to serving his memory, while staying true to my personal passions about the meaning of place and the importance of personal choice.
After a decade of helping people stay in their homes after an injury or illness, writing professional papers, teaching at the college level, lots of public speaking, and mustering the courage to start my own business... here we are!
I'm so glad you're here.
Young Nichole with Happy