The Cost of Aging in Place

December 10, 2007

A New York Times article alerted me to a new study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. This group’s research has documented the real costs of caregiving. Their work explains how business, industry government and community can save by helping caregivers with flexible schedule, information and other supports. The new report: Family Caregivers […]

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Advice from the Mouths of Babes?

November 21, 2007

Father of the Bride is one of my favorite movies. Steve Martin plays the dad. His daughter is just home from a European tour. It is clear these two have that special relationship reserved for loving dads and little girls. At dinner her first night home she announces plans to marry someone she met on […]

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Independent Living STRATEGY

November 15, 2007

I created the title Independent Living Strategy because I hoped independent living would describe what I do in a way that is attractive to people. That is opposed to home modifications which is not very catchy. The strategy part is not random. Another way to say strategy is, ‘more than one way to skin the […]

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Facing Our fears

November 5, 2007

A new study from Clarity co-sponsored by the EAR Foundation speaks very clearly to the critical issues older Americans face as they contemplate senior housing. Aging in Place is very important to 89% of the seniors surveyed. The ability to do so is a concern of 53%. Those numbers closely resemble widely reported AARP results […]

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Other Ways to Fill the Gap

October 26, 2007

I don’t want to give the impression I think homemods are the whole enchilada when it comes to Filling the Gap for Aging in Place. Home Modifications are one element of a multifaceted strategy. Tools, high tech and services fill out the mix. Tools are a way to think of an expanded category of products […]

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Home Modifications add Value as they Fill the Gap

October 25, 2007

My dad retired at age 55 in 1975. He sold his business with a 17 year payout. He told me his plans saying, “I’ll have money until your mother and I are 72. Who lives past 72?” I remember the conversation clearly. I didn’t argue. Just thirty two years ago my father and I both […]

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USA Today: Gloom and Doom

October 11, 2007

Tuesday’s USA Today had a front page gloom and doom story about federal programs for older Americans. Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, widely recognized as the first baby boomer, turned sixty two and took the early option for social security. The story spells out the financial disaster facing federal programs designed to provide for older Americans. It is […]

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Maslow and older consumers

October 4, 2007

Yesterday was very exciting. Beautiful weather, tomatoes, cucumber and basil from my garden for lunch. AND my friend Marc Gunther’s blog. Marc’s blog introduced me to Chip Conley, a successful out of the box hotelier from California. Marc writes about Chip’s new book, Peak, but also about how Chip uses Maslow’s hierarchies. Chip attributes his […]

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Aging in Place is NOT for Everyone

September 25, 2007

There. I am on record. Aging in Place is not for everyone. I have never been reluctant to say it, but some readers might think I feel differently. Aging in Place should be one of the viable options. I am an advocate for Aging in Place, It is what I know best. I’ve studied what […]

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American Society of Interior Designers Aging in Place Council

September 20, 2007

I am proud to be serving a second year on the ASID Aging in Place Council. Interior Designers are well aware of Aging in Place issues, Universal Design and the market. Through this council ASID is preparing educational materials so designers can be more responsive and responsible with all their clients. My articles along with […]

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