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Alternate Living & Aging in Place

February 28, 2014
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There are two common follow-up conversations with people who hear what I do.

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10 Action Steps for Aging in Place in 2014

January 6, 2014
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End of the year, or is it the beginning? I’m bullish that Aging in Place will advance in 2014.  How can we get the ball rolling? We need an action agenda to manage our way to a better future.  Here is my 2014 list of Ten action steps business and community can follow to encourage… Continue Reading 10 Action Steps for Aging in Place in 2014

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Speaking in Memphis

November 24, 2013
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I was honored to address an audience in Memphis, Tennessee this week as the local Plough Foundation kicks off a thoughtful three part speaker series called An Aging Society: Meeting the Challenges. My keynote for the 200+ lunch guests was called Breaking New Ground: Rethinking Community Resources for Aging in Place. In addition to addressing longevity, Universal… Continue Reading Speaking in Memphis

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Assisted Living Nightmare? Guest OT Post

November 22, 2013
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The crash of the professional with the personal often informs us, makes us shake our heads and reinvigorates our passion. The importance of the  intersection of the individual, the environment and the tools available cannot be understated as older folks navigate (or are herded) through housing, care and safety alternatives. (I might have said choices… Continue Reading Assisted Living Nightmare? Guest OT Post

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Squatty Potty & Conventional Wisdom

October 8, 2013
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I‘m surprised I have the chance to write this.   I’ve written to be wary of conventional wisdom in Aging in Place Design. But I didn’t expect substantiation of my dislike of higher toilets.

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Solar Shines on Aging in Place

September 10, 2013
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The popular ideas called sustainability are consistent with aging in place. A home that remains useful and supportive for a long time is the very definition of sustainable. (resources not used up as they are used) Mores specifically a ‘green’ fuel efficient house also shelters residents, more significant to those with fixed incomes, from increasing… Continue Reading Solar Shines on Aging in Place

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8 Things to Consider Before Remodeling to Age in Place

July 26, 2013
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I‘ve written another post for Next Avenue, PBS’s boomer website.

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Can an Icon Retire?

June 30, 2013
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Eleanor Smith, the ‘mother’ of the visitability movement, says she will retire this fall. Eleanor is responsible for the building of more accessible homes than anyone else. By her count, surely modest, 70,000 basically accessible homes have been built following her strategies. Knowing Eleanor as a natural advocate and savvy strategist I wonder just how… Continue Reading Can an Icon Retire?

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How Good Design Helps Graceful Aging

June 24, 2013
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I use drug store reading glasses when the light is low, the type is small or the print to paper contrast poor. When the light is good I do not need the glasses. My ability to read has to do with my eyes but it is also a function of the other factors. The situation… Continue Reading How Good Design Helps Graceful Aging

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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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