2013

Remodeling Article on ‘Next Avenue’

April 17, 2013
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I hope you will agree “Why You Should Remodel to ‘Age in Place’ Now” on PBS’s Next Avenue Website takes a different tack. I look forward to your comments on their website and mine. Thanks to editor Suzanne Gerber with whom I enjoyed working on the article and to Next Avenue President Judy Diaz for  making… Continue Reading Remodeling Article on ‘Next Avenue’

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ASA 2013 Can Aging Get Out of the Box?

April 2, 2013
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I always enjoy the American Society on Aging conference. Everyone is focused and passionate. People care about their work and their clients. The dedication is not so clear at all conferences. The big buzz this year? Probably just how fast the accountable care act is going to change health care. Most bureaucratic entities are slow… Continue Reading ASA 2013 Can Aging Get Out of the Box?

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Crossing Silos….. Deliberately #1

March 25, 2013
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Policy folks, operators and advocates often lament silos as barriers to aging in place, good medical care and  other current issues. I agree, but I see very little effort that crosses silos. If silos are the problem, why not set strategies that cross silos deliberately? I hear about models and programs in caregiving, transportation, home… Continue Reading Crossing Silos….. Deliberately #1

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BIG Data & Aging in Place

March 12, 2013
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As I arrive in Chicago for the American Society on Aging conference and What’s Next? Boomer Business Summit………… All the talk about Big DATA, brought to my mind’s eye by Joel Shapira forwarding this Forbes article about IBM , leads me to discuss the impact big data will (can?) have on aging in place. Currently… Continue Reading BIG Data & Aging in Place

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Success in the Aging in Place Space

March 8, 2013
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Success in the aging in place space is not a matter of the best, highest tech or most innovative product or service but the best strategy for making and using connections.

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Why is “wellness” “corporate”?

March 6, 2013
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This Washington Post article and a recent Kojo Nnamdi talk show has me thinking about methods and benefits of “wellness”. Wellness includes pro-active health screening to catch problems before they grow serious and raising awareness but key elements are usually what most of us call exercise. Employers are strong adopters because wellness has the bottom… Continue Reading Why is “wellness” “corporate”?

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Sustainable Housing and Universal Design

February 25, 2013
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A recent Washington Post article describes a new passive design home. I’ve know the term passive design since my college days. It was one of the ‘low energy lifestyle’ ideas that lead me to the construction industry. Now this is called green building..and there is a Passive House Institute. The article explains that increased costs… Continue Reading Sustainable Housing and Universal Design

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What’s NEXT? – Boomer Business Summit AGAIN!!

February 22, 2013
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The 2013 What’s Next Boomer Business Summit will take place on March 12 in Chicago. Mary Furlong has lined up speakers and topics covering the gamut. Do you want to bathe in boomer business speak? Do you have questions for experts? Do you want to hear ideas from leading thinkers and rub elbows…. up close and… Continue Reading What’s NEXT? – Boomer Business Summit AGAIN!!

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What will it Take to Reduce Readmissions?

February 15, 2013
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The game is ON! Everyone is talking re-admissions. A slew of articles has just emerged describing the problem and hinting at solutions. The solution is outside the hospital’s experience and purview but needs to be holistic and comprehensive. The elements are as simple as a handrail and a ride and as complex as fine tuning… Continue Reading What will it Take to Reduce Readmissions?

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Senior Housing Operators – Community Services Competitors

February 13, 2013
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As senior housing operators expand into community services they compete against a plethora of unorganized service providers in each sector. Each competitor has their own capability range and business approach. There are no standards. Each client uses a different combination of products, services, providers. Since client needs are always changing the mix of providers is… Continue Reading Senior Housing Operators – Community Services Competitors

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