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Sharon Johnson

Sharon and Howard Johnson are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) with the National Association of Home Builders who have launched a nonprofit organization, Age Friendly Innovators Inc. (www.agefriendlyinnovators.org) They are passionate about the importance of older adults aging in place in a home of your own and have practical and provocative ideas about how to make that happen.
Sharon is a retired Oregon State University educator who has developed dozens of award-winning programs about health and aging. She has written a weekly column for the Mail Tribune for over ten years.
Howard is semi-retired from his international work in marine conservation. In 2010 he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Encore.org as a “social innovator.”

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

      No—this is not the wicked witch of the west and we are not in Kansas anymore. This is what happens when you live in a house with slippery floors and loose scatter rugs and you elect not to wear good walking shoes. Are those heels? Yikes. I am obsessed with doing all [...]

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It happened again…

For the third time this week I’ve been approached by someone I hardly know who says: “I really like those newspaper columns you’ve been writing about downsizing lately (www.mailtribune.com/healthyaging). The fact is I’ve not written about downsizing or “right-sizing,” as I prefer to call it, for months. But obviously– when I do tackle the topic [...]

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Doing laundry…

We have been on a cross-country trip and away from our normal laundry set-up for weeks. We’re ‘traveling light’ so finding a place to periodically wash socks and underwear has been a challenge. Let me say this: laundromats, where you go to wash clothes and make them clean are NOT very clean places. Ironic don’t [...]

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Maybe the Movies Will Lead the Way

It constantly amazes me how reluctant we are to embrace the reality of an aging America.  The demographics are astounding.  The grey-headed older adult will be the prevailing force in this country in the near future.  And their explosive growth will be front and center for many decades.  And we are simply not prepared.  Heck, [...]

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Reversing it?

I met an old friend on a downtown street yesterday. She had just celebrated her 78th birthday and she looked great. She was briskly walking toward a particular store in the hope of finding some old-fashioned paper dolls for a granddaughter—or maybe it was for herself. That would not surprise me. She has always had [...]

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Easy on the Hands

You’ve probably not given much thought to the knobs on doors lately. Or the knobs on cupboards or drawers. I have. I think about them a lot. With the impetus of a friend who has a background in disability and rehabilitation, and after reading an on-line article www.thisoldhouse.com I went through our current home with [...]

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The Idea Home

Have I mentioned lately—my husband and I are in the process of building an age-friendly home? I mean—really age friendly. It will be certified to the Rogue Valley Council of Governments’ Senior and Disability Services Lifelong Housing standard and has ”no-threshold” entries, wide 36” doorways and two easy-use bathrooms—we envision the kind of spacious and [...]

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“Local” Food

The Fourth of July weekend with our “all-American family” has ended. It was a food fest. Our visiting daughter and her Hawaiian-Chinese-Filipino husband had requested “local” food, which I thought, at first, meant loading up at Thursday Farmer’s Market. Nope.“Local” food to this Hawaiian family of teens and a toddler meant “Mac Salad,” copious amounts [...]

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Celebratory Trek

Some couples celebrate thirty years of marriage by renewing their vows or taking an exotic cruise. Not us. We chose a day trek on Mt. Rainier. Those of you familiar with the mountain know that at the end of June there’s several feet of snow on the trails and this particular anniversary weekend, there was [...]

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A Little Road Trip Perhaps?

The most amazing story I’ve encountered regarding an elder’s driving behavior involved a seventy-something mother traveling from Seattle, Washington to rural Oregon to visit her daughter’s family. She arrived without apparent problem and parked the car in her daughter’s yard and then spent two lovely weeks enjoying her grandchildren. When Grandma was ready to return, [...]

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    Sharon and Howard Johnson are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) with the National Association of Home Builders who have launched a nonprofit organization, Age Friendly Innovators Inc. (www.agefriendlyinnovators.org)
    They are passionate about the importance of older adults aging in place in a home of your own and have practical and provocative ideas about how to make that happen. Sharon is a retired Oregon State University educator who has developed dozens of award-winning programs about health and aging. She has written a weekly column for the Mail Tribune for over ten years.
    Howard is semi-retired from his international work in marine conservation. In 2010 he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Encore.org as a "social innovator."
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