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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.”

Lazy Able-Bodied People Could Live Here

Life is good. We have been in our certified Lifelong Housing, age-friendly home for over six weeks and our often-stated comment to one another is how “easy” it is to live in a home like this. One of us says that almost every day—smiling as we do. The no-step entrances assure convenient access from the [...]

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If Your Horse Drops Dead…Get Off

The November 4, 2014 election “red-tide sweep” suggests Republican agendas will be front and center in the near future. So be it. I am somewhat divided on how to feel about all this, but I just listened to a television interview with Alan Simpson, the long-retired curmudgeon legislator from Wyoming, advising his colleagues and the [...]

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He said he hoped to die at age 75? He said that!

This blog is drawn directly from another blog site (www.changingaging.org) which is worth subscribing to if you do not already. A recent post on that site references a September 17, 2014 article in the Atlantic magazine (www.theatlantic.com) titled. “Why I Hope to Die at Age 75” by Ezekiel Emmanuel, who is a 57 year old [...]

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Lucy-Part 2

As I post this blog, our sweet and oh-so-busy new pup –Lucy– who Howard wrote about recently in his blog– lays on my lap. Seems the sound of tapping keys on the computer has lulled her to sleep. Thankfully. She has displayed a somewhat destructive bent in the last few days. A partially shredded sock [...]

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Well…Is It?

A recent article in Forbes magazine was titled “Is Aging in Place a Pipe Dream? It began with a story told by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros about “having to” place his 90-year old mother in a long-term care facility despite her heart-felt desire to remain in the home she had lived in since becoming [...]

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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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    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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