The Big Problem & Paths to Solution

by Louis on February 3, 2016

What is the biggest challenge America faces regarding aging? Housing and caring for the growing number of older Americans. Finances, transportation in urban, rural and suburban situations, isolation and attitudes about aging cannot be ignored but if we solve the big problem, Where can older people live with choice, dignity and control as health changes and more help is needed? the other aspects will be solved as parts of the big picture solution.Continue Reading The Big Problem & Paths to Solution

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The Future of Housing 2, Joanne Jenkins – AARP CEO

January 27, 2016
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Jo Ann Jenkins also wrote about the AARP conference I attended and blogged about last month. She is the CEO of AARP. Ms Jenkins’ take is in the AARP bulletin. To me, it raises a big question.

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The Future (& history) of Housing /AARP

December 7, 2015
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I spent two days immersed in the AARP/ AARP Foundation /Atlantic Live event called the #FutureofHousing. Experts galore. Friends and new faces. Everyone passionate. Housing has huge problems. Demographics and growing income disparity make things worse. Yet things do change. I am bullish on what will come out of this. Most important? We were THERE!

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Innovation Summit #BIF2015

September 21, 2015
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I am processing my experience at the Business Innovation Factory annual Innovation Summit. This is their 11th year but my first time.  I did not know what to expect. Saul Kaplan, BIF’s warm, modest leader doesn’t say much but is clearly the beloved and respected catalyst. The format is unusual….. dare I say innovative? This… Continue Reading Innovation Summit #BIF2015

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Harvard Medical School says….

June 29, 2015
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Harvard Medical School’s Health Beats lists modifying your house as the first of six ways you can prepare to age well. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing studies said about the same thing in a report I wrote about in September 2014. That was housing studies talking about housing. Not such a big deal. This… Continue Reading Harvard Medical School says….

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Environments for Aging Conference Report

April 22, 2015
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This was the first time I attended the Environments for Aging Conference. I saw some long time colleagues and friends from the aging in place world but most who attend this conference work in the the facilities/multi-unit/purpose built side of housing and care. Of course there are contrasts between these two spheres but we share… Continue Reading Environments for Aging Conference Report

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Meeting of the Ways

April 10, 2015
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The annual Environments for Aging conference, in Baltimore this year April 18-21, is the only place where folks from the senior housing facilities world get together with folks from the Aging in Place/Long Term Care @Home world. This conference is a shining example of reaching across the aisle to learn, share and grow from those with… Continue Reading Meeting of the Ways

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Aging in Community at American Society on Aging

March 20, 2015
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I attended the very first Aging in Place ‘track’ at the American Society on Aging annual conference more than 20 years ago. There were four or five sessions in the track. The same six of us trooped together from session to session…that was all there was and we were all there was too. This year… Continue Reading Aging in Community at American Society on Aging

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Aging in Place on Radio

March 13, 2015
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I strongly recommend this great talk radio discussion on Aging in Place. Star interviewer Kojo Nnamdi had wise architect/commentator/cartoonist Roger K.Lewis and DC Office on Aging head Dr.  John Thompson in for a  thoughtful, on point exploration of the issues. I encourage you to listen.

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Why not use Behavioral Economics?

February 20, 2015
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Not being an economist I never really thought people act rationally. I don’t. I don’t know anyone who does. Most people go with their gut…otherwise we would all buy the same stuff, take the same vacations. That doesn’t mean we can’t know about buying patterns and decisions. The newish field of Behavioral Economics gets a… Continue Reading Why not use Behavioral Economics?

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