September 2011

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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Finding Value in Aging in Place Tech

September 25, 2011
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So often, Too often, High Tech is seen as an end in itself. It can be done and so it must. Okay we get that, but does it add value? How is value measured? In discussing tech value or the lack, a current discussion is about losing our ability to concentrate because of the way… Continue Reading Finding Value in Aging in Place Tech

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Patrick Roden, AginginPlace.com

September 21, 2011
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I have been meaning to write about my friend Patrick Roden for a while. Patrick is as dedicated as any of us to Aging in Place. He is a warm and gentle soul who leaves no doubt it is about dignity, choice and respect. His approach is different from mine (which is great) because his… Continue Reading Patrick Roden, AginginPlace.com

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Universal Design in Cars

September 15, 2011
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Universal Design means products that work for as many people as possible without special adaptation. Not everyone uses things in the same way. And you may want to use the same thing a bit differently this time than you did last time.  Universal Design means changes do not require expensive and permanent change. Whether it… Continue Reading Universal Design in Cars

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Cottages Followup- is Universal Design becoming prime time?

September 12, 2011
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Hopefully the cottages project (see the September 8 entry) on which I am working is not so innovative. Hopefully it is just near the tipping point of mainstream. Here are two articles from Builder Online,  a general building world  magazine, speaking of Universal Design as the cutting edge and common new ground of the builder… Continue Reading Cottages Followup- is Universal Design becoming prime time?

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Cottages Update

September 8, 2011
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Writing this entry turned into one of those incredible “how time flies!” lessons.  I last wrote about the exciting Affordable, Green, Universal Design homes I am on the development team for in Howard County Md. in June of 2009. I would not have guessed it was that long ago. (That illustrates one important lesson about the… Continue Reading Cottages Update

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Good Headline, The Market’s not there, yet!

September 6, 2011
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This Saturday’s Washington Post Real Estate Section has a very good article about accessible housing and the market. The writer, Sandra Fleishman, got the story right. I agree that the market is not there yet. There are lots of reasons. One is demonstrated by the photo in the article. It shows a sore ‘nose’ ‘ramp’… Continue Reading Good Headline, The Market’s not there, yet!

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Action for Aging in Place

September 1, 2011
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We act at two levels. Personal and Collectively. Take environmental issues for example. It is not enough to demand enforcement of the clean air act, we must also get rid of our fume belching cars and pay the extra fare and taxes for natural gas or hybrid buses, and bike lanes. Is this a version… Continue Reading Action for Aging in Place

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