2009

Aging in Place Remodeling #1

June 12, 2009

Good friends visiting over the weekend told me excitedly that they are making Aging in Place modifications to their home. I told them what I always say in these cases. Please let me glance at the plans and make suggestions so I am not disappointed. I explained, gently, that many well meaning contractors don’t have… Continue Reading Aging in Place Remodeling #1

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Individual and Collective action

June 11, 2009

I was part of a recent discussion led by Matt Wald, energy and environment correspondent for the New York Times. Matt pointed out that individual and collective action are both parts of the solution for global warming and sustainability. We can conserve energy in our homes, and make purchases to lower our impact. We can… Continue Reading Individual and Collective action

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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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Grass Roots 2.0

January 30, 2009

The evolution of the web from dynamic information provider to interactive meeting place is called 2.0. Grass Roots 2.0 is a similar extension of social marketing and political advocacy to grass roots behavior. News articles on the web change throughout the day- dynamic, but often the comments are more revealing- interactive- people participating in the… Continue Reading Grass Roots 2.0

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Great Marketing DATA

January 29, 2009

Todd Harff and the crew at Creating Results did some excellent research on the mature consumer market, put it into a great presentation, and provided the results (with thoughtful insights) for us to appreciate and discuss. Thanks Guys!

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