2008

Low Cost, Low Tech FIRST please, Mr. Obama

December 3, 2008

As a carpenter and a long time advocate of simpler I generally check for the low tech solution first. Sometimes a nail or screwdriver is plenty. A nail gun or a power drill/driver is not needed. The tools costs less, the fastener costs less and the time to do it, the effort expended is much… Continue Reading Low Cost, Low Tech FIRST please, Mr. Obama

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More than a Sandwich

November 17, 2008

Unfortunately this blog has become more than overdue. The general use of ‘sandwich generation’ is the parents above and children below. I was planning to write about the ‘sidewards’ pressure we sandwich generation folks feel from siblings. The impetus was calls from my sister, who as the daughter in our hometown has been the primary,… Continue Reading More than a Sandwich

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Aging in Place and Technology #6

October 10, 2008

Environmental Controls Environmental Control is my last entry in this series. The most recognized goals are comfort and energy savings. Common applications are lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning). For our purposes safety and supporting independence are the focus. Many household elements can be controlled remotely or automatically. They include safety, task and… Continue Reading Aging in Place and Technology #6

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Aging in Place and Technology #5

October 8, 2008

The Dynamic Management System for Aging in Place Aging in Place is more human, financial and medical resource efficient because the Dynamic and Comprehensive Management System applies and withdraws resources as needed. In contrast, someone who has trouble bathing and moves to assisted living gets a roof, meals and a full range of services, including… Continue Reading Aging in Place and Technology #5

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Aging in Place and Technology #4

October 6, 2008

Interactive Medical and Social Connections The next step in high technology and Aging in Place is interactive medical and social connection. Thinking of older citizens in rural locations help us understand how valuable this can be. It is time consuming, sometimes dangerous, often expensive and typically inconvenient for rural older folks to travel to a… Continue Reading Aging in Place and Technology #4

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Aging in Place and Technology #3

October 2, 2008

Monitoring to Prevent Illness and Injury Two paths to preventing illness and injury are better self management and anticipating situations so we can avoid the consequences. Technology can play a significant role in avoiding consequences by monitoring conditions so appropriate interventions can be employed. Monitoring systems establish a baseline of behavior and condition from which… Continue Reading Aging in Place and Technology #3

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Aging in Place and Technology #2

September 29, 2008

I view Aging in Place technology in five categories in addition to low tech technology which I consider the baseline and most economical way to invest. Low tech is my career focus and the point of the first posting in this series (Aging in Place and Technology #1). Alert SystemsMany folks are familiar with the… Continue Reading Aging in Place and Technology #2

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Aging in Place and Technology #1

September 24, 2008

What is new? I have been to two conferences lately. I attended both with my great friend Jason Popko. Jason on the C&O canal towpath near my house We walked the floor of the annual AARP consumer show. Then we went to the International Federation on Aging Conference in Montreal. Montreal is a beautiful, fun… Continue Reading Aging in Place and Technology #1

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Riding With the Radio Off

April 17, 2008

People use to think I was fit because I worked physically as a carpenter and not at a desk. That work is not exercise. I was not fit. A bike messenger might get exercise in their work, but if they are much of a cyclist they probably say they never get their heart rate up… Continue Reading Riding With the Radio Off

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Father of the Bride

March 24, 2008

Father of the Bride starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton is one of my favorite movies. Though it takes some dramatic license to make the story fun and exciting it is very real in presenting stories that are close to our lives and feelings. It helps me remember that these middle years are the best… Continue Reading Father of the Bride

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