Author Archives: Howard Johnson

Tale of the Tape

At some point as people get older they begin to plan for the future.  Most often it is a look at their finances and retirement plans.  We also begin to think about health and legal issues and may draft an Advanced Directive to indicate our health care preferences and perhaps a Will.  There is one […]

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Removing Barriers Is Good Insurance

If you have read our previous blogs you know that Sharon and I have been very involved in issues related to universal design and aging-in-place.  Our journey began in the summer of 2012 when we took the three-day National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist course in Denver, Colorado.  While the training was mainly […]

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Saving Lives

What I am about to tell you could save your life or the life of a loved one.  We all know about seat belts and how they save lives.  Seat belts are standard equipment in cars these days and “buckling up” is the law.  No, this blog is not about seat belts, it’s about grab […]

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A Little Toilet Talk

As you may have figured out from our blogs, Sharon and I are now living in the “Age-Friendly” single story home we had built in the Twin Creeks Development in Central Point.  While neither of us have mobility issues at this time, we did want to plan for the future and what that may hold […]

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Don’t Fall For This

I have probably written about this before but it bears repeating.  Falling is a killer for older adults.  I would guess that if you were to ask 10 people over age 65 “Have you or a loved one experienced a debilitating fall?” the answer over 80 percent of the time would be “yes.”   According the […]

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Finding My Roots

Today’s Mail Tribune had an article in the TV Tempo section that was promoting a PBS program called “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”  Gates is the director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard and his show features high-profile guests finding their roots.   This article follows a series […]

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My New Best Selling Book

I have this great idea for a new diet book.  The title is “How I lost 50 pounds in two years after turning 70.”   The sub-title will be “If I can do it so can you.”  Want to buy it?   There’s just one problem with my book; it’s a bit thin.  As a matter of […]

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I Love Lucy

No, not the zany 50’s TV star Lucille Ball, but our new little 11 week Cavalier King Charles puppy Lucy.  For Sharon and I Lucy is a wonderful little companion.  She has arrived just as we have moved into our new “age-friendly” home in the Twin Creeks development in Central Point and befitting her regal status […]

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A Fish Tale

There was a nice article in the New York Times a few weeks ago by noted science and nutrition writer Jane Brody titled “Lots of Reasons to Eat Fish.”   I don’t want to paraphrase her entire piece but suffice to say she strongly advocates the health benefits of seafood in our diet.   The scientific evidence […]

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We Need to Talk

I came across an interesting report last week titled “Housing America’s Older Adults:  Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population.”   While this 44-page report brings to mind visions of “old folks warehouses,” former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros called the report “a wake-up call on elder housing.  One of the report’s […]

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