May 2009

Do We Need a Crisis to Reach Aging in Place?

May 25, 2009

Writing on the opinion page of today’s Washington Post, Robert Samuelson says we need a crisis forcing Congress and the President to face the “political stinkbomb of an aging society” I hope he is wrong. We all know Medicare and Social Security face insolvency. Recent updates from the monitoring trust funds move the dates closer,… Continue Reading Do We Need a Crisis to Reach Aging in Place?

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Keynote in Canada….and more

May 22, 2009

I am looking forward to giving a keynote presentation at the Atlantic Seniors Housing Alliance conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia next week. My topic is “Technology for Aging in Place”. Yes, I will speak to low tech solutions like Home Modifications and Assistive Technology as well as high tech solutions like PERS, telehealth, environmental controls… Continue Reading Keynote in Canada….and more

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Dear Governor O'Malley (President Obama, Secretary Sebelius, etc.)

May 17, 2009

I sent a letter to my Governor, Martin O’Malley of Maryland last week. The subject – good ways to use the stimulus money – has been on my mind. I sent notes to Obama web sites during the transition. I am not sure who to reach and how. The essence is copied below. “I hope… Continue Reading Dear Governor O'Malley (President Obama, Secretary Sebelius, etc.)

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Great Caregiver Article- and some irony?

May 12, 2009

Paula Span wrote a great article about caregivers in this Sunday’s Washington Post magazine. Marilyn Daniel’s Reward combines the facts and the emotions of clients and caregivers quite deftly. Caregivers are already a critical resource that will grow more critical as the boomers need assistance. The story is clear: Caregivers are working really hard for… Continue Reading Great Caregiver Article- and some irony?

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A Great Presentation

May 7, 2009

I went to the local senior provider monthly networking meeting operated by GROWS this morning. I attended these meetings regularly for about ten years. I dropped back as my focus shifted from local home modification consulting and contracting to writing, speaking and consulting on Aging in Place and Universal Design on a larger scale. It… Continue Reading A Great Presentation

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Conferences — 'tis the season!

May 1, 2009

I was at the American Society on Aging conference in Las Vegas recently. Why go to conferences? 1. See friends and colleagues 2. Order, organize and validate your thoughts3. Learn something new, gain new perspective #1 is pretty obvious. If you go to these things for a few years (or ~15 years in this case… Continue Reading Conferences — 'tis the season!

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