2011

Inspired in Beantown!

November 21, 2011
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I am an innovation immigrant.   I don’t often feel inspired. But I am inspired by the incredible third annual Aging Means Business Conference held Friday in Boston associated with the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting.  This was my second time at this conference organized by Greg O’Neill and his team of Sarah Wilson… Continue Reading Inspired in Beantown!

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Aging in Place 2.0 – Consumer Point of View

November 17, 2011
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Trust my dear friend and inspiring colleague Jason Popko of Good Design Age Well and Bosch Healthcare to ask me the right question to ponder so I can write a good answer here. Jason asked “What does AiP2.0 looks like from the client’s perspective?” What is my personal vision of what it will be like… Continue Reading Aging in Place 2.0 – Consumer Point of View

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Embrace Complexity

November 10, 2011
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People often study a problem hoping to improve the situation by organizing and ‘simplifying’ it. That is not my vision for Aging in Place 2.0.  There are too many elements, services, interventions, design solutions, tools and personal needs to think that ‘simplify’ will organize them. Instead we must bring the power of technology to create… Continue Reading Embrace Complexity

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Front Page- near Miss?

November 1, 2011
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I glanced at the front page picture on Sunday’s Washington Post. Walkers out front! Neighborhood in the headline! Aging in Place on the front Page! I dove into the story. The headline is The New American Neighborhood. The story is about growing diversity. The cute walker using couple featured in the photo bought their home… Continue Reading Front Page- near Miss?

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Leading Age- Change is in the Air

October 24, 2011
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I did not take last week off! I attended the Leading Age (formerly AAHSA) conference, Celebrate Age,  here in DC.  I really owe it to my friend and colleague Joel Shapira. If he had not come down from Chicago and pulled me along I would have slipped in and out, not fully attentive. The switch… Continue Reading Leading Age- Change is in the Air

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Change, in Time?

October 14, 2011
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It always amazes me how important issues converge and important ideas gather attention from unexpected quarters. I have been on and to many panels, etc. where Aging in Place is rejected because we have so many suburbs and they are a poor fit. I have never disagreed with that, but also know that thinking the… Continue Reading Change, in Time?

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Back from Beijing

October 12, 2011
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Back from a whirlwind trip. I  had a great time. I was the honored guests of many wonderful people.I am surely not the first to say that China is a study in contrasts. Ancient vs ultra modern, ultra urban vs ultra rural, totally traditional and unsophisticated vs highest tech. Aging housing, care, products and services… Continue Reading Back from Beijing

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Family Caregiving and Aging in Place

October 5, 2011

Why is family caregiving so important? Why is Aging in Place so important to family caregiving? Two recent overlapping studies, one from the AARP Public Policy Institute called “Valuing the Invaluable“, and one from the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute along with the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Center for Long Term Care Research and… Continue Reading Family Caregiving and Aging in Place

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China Bound

October 2, 2011
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In what can only be called a real whirlwind  I am taking off for Beijing tomorrow. A new colleague, with whom I was planning to meet for the first time at the upcoming Leading Age conference, emailed from China last week urging me to make a quick trip. How can I say ‘no’? China, like… Continue Reading China Bound

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Do you need copies?

September 27, 2011
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In the early and mid nineties when I was the sole home modifications focused contractor in the DC area I used to ask this question when giving presentations to consumers and more traditional senior senior providers. I was drawing a comparison to home mods as an innovation akin to the advent of the xerox machine.… Continue Reading Do you need copies?

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