Older Americans can be a powerful voting and economic block. Homes Renewed  galvanizes their interests in the Movement for Lifelong Housing Choices.

Revitalizing our housing infrastructure – remodeling our homes – is the best way to avoid looming crises in housing, care and healthcare. Nothing will save our health care system more money over the next 20 years.

The best way to encourage people to remodel their homes is incentives.

The best target for incentives is the 70% of older Americans that are neither rich nor eligible for government and not for profit programs.

Most policy and not for profit spending focuses on the dual eligible ‘most vulnerable’ who are less then 20% of older Americans. But many more older citizens have trouble aging well yet get no support. If we focus on the most vulnerable only, more will become vulnerable.

The great middle 70% is constantly encouraged to prepare for their long lives because it is a good idea. But people don’t do things because they are good ideas. We all know that eating well, exercising and saving for retirement are good ideas. But few of us do them.

Incentives change behavior and leverage private investment. Incentivizing the 70% will change the conversation as well as our homes…and the course of aging in America.

Homes Renewed is a fresh policy approach for our growing population of older citizens.

Please join us to raise our voices in unison.


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George Reinhart March 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hi Louis:
I am interested in what you are doing with AIPI and would be happy to help where I am able.
I am also interested in your thoughts on how to build a network for businesses that support a senior who chooses to AIP.
George Reinhart, CAPS


Karla Gustafson May 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I strongly support your proposal. Universal design has been around since the the 1980’s so what are the true barriers and how does the model of aging in place (aging in community) become mainstream?
When I spoke with you at the ASA conference in San Francisco, we discussed the stakeholders in the process. I believe it is critical to identify the players, understand the players position in the aging network, recognize the differences in communications and develop strategies to work cooperatively. I broke the players down into the Public Sector (being the government and the aging services network) and the Private Sector for a poster presentation at the California Council of Gerontology and Geriatrics annual meeting in Sacramento this April. Identifying the private sector breakdown into four broad categories of: Design/Build; Education; Healthcare; and Legal&Financial. The four broad categories breaking down further into three major categories.
I would be very interested in being a part of the Institute to identify a successful business model. Aging in Place is a critical component in providing choice for users as well as economic relief for the aging services network.

Count me in!

Karla Gustafson
Ageless Designs

California State Certified Interior Designer (CID), Gerontologist: National Association Professional Gerontologist (NAPG), Certifed Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), California Department of Social Services Community Care Certified Residential Elderly Administrator (RCFE), Kitchen and Bath Designer (NKBA)


Questor August 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

What can states do to support aging in place and multi-generational living?

I’m a member of the State of Hawaii, Home for Life Task Force and we seem to be struggling for ideas beyond making a website/clearinghouse of information =(

To me, the primary issue isn’t a lack of knowledge; it’s FUNDING to implement aging in place w/in the home and the support services it would require.

2nd units on residential property and amnesty for illegal units can help provide an additional source of income for Seniors (many of whom are land rich but cash poor) and housing for the community.

I’m not sure what kind of research you’re interested in, but for what it’s worth:

Realtor’s MLS descriptions of homes, correlated with local building permit data can help identify the % of homes that are being used as illegal rentals. Mapping neighborhoods most affected and to what extent, can be further teased from this data.

Similarly, prelim projections on potential tax revenue for gov’t and # of potential added housing units can be extrapolated.

i’m encouraged by your ideas and direction in the above slides and look forward to seeing what else you come up with.


Bruce Martin February 6, 2012 at 12:00 am


In 2008 in Europe, the AAL JP, Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme was established for this purpose. And this year the first Europe Innovation Partnership (EIP) will focus on active and healthy aging because of the compelling need. Perhaps you could take it one step further by collaborating with other countries. As these are issues all countries face, we could learn from each other and save time, since we already late to the game.


Marcie Lovett March 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Count me in, Louis. My concern, of course, is that builders/contractors/renovators keep in mind the storage needs of those who are aging in place.


Dan Stone March 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hi Louis:
We have an aging in place technology company that helps home care agencies and family caregivers deliver care to seniors at home. Our firm provides a series of products and devices that enable agencies and family caregivers to know if a senior is safe, functioning and staying compliant with a care plan. Our devices measure and monitor general & specific activity around the house, medication reminding / retireval and provide data on vital sign information like blood pressure, glucose and weight.
We have learned a lot as an organizationin our work with agencies, medical providers and independent research organizations. We have accumualted a significant amount of knowlege as to what barriers and fears exist in leveraging these types of products to help families and agenices improve the sagety and delivery of care at home yet lower the overall cost.
If we can be a resource for you please let us know.
Dan Stone
(425) 417-5373


Betty Saenz SRES® REALTOR® April 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

I am an SRES or Seniors Real Estate Specialist serving the Austin Texas and Central Texas areas. I am amazed at the number of people who still do not know what the concept of Aging In Place is. I have fun at my current Aging In Place home listing I have in Leander Texas explaining what the concept is and showing the Aging In Place features of the home such as level entries, wider doorways, level access showers with grab bars and adjustable height shower heads, lever door knobs, lever activated faucets and more. There is even a stone wheel chair ramp that you don’t notice because it is stone.


Shannon Van Zutphen August 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Hi Louis,
I am an interior designer in Scottsdale Arizona and am very familiar with the term aging in place and universal design. I naturally incorporate those elements into my design recommendations.
I am wondering if there is accreditatation?


Louis September 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

There is some accreditation, the CAPS (certified aging in place specialist) program through NAHB/AARP and from USC/Andrus. More important maybe education…try ASID and some of the design schools that have course content in Universal Design. The IDEA center at SUNY Buffalo is a leader with their on line UD offerings.


Blake E. August 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

I have to agree with most of the people here, I would love to help but unfortunately there are just too many “what if’s” for me. Good luck anyway, I’ll be sure to keep up with your progress.


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