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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.”

The Guest List: Check!

Later today we’re having a dinner party for twenty people. You may wonder what I’m doing blogging at this moment in light of the various preparations needed for an event of that kind. The answer would be “guilt”—because I have not blogged recently. Another good answer to that question is, “Having guests in your home [...]

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Simple Solutions

We are aging. It’s what we do. May I suggest we also do this.  Let’s identify and start to use practical ideas and products that enhance our independent living. After all, independence in later life is what we all aspire to, is it not? So, let’s take a look at what’s out there for easy purchase to help [...]

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HOME TOURS R US

We decided to call it a “demonstration” home and this is what that idea looks like in practice. So far this week we have given seven tours of our “certified Lifelong Housing” home to over a dozen people. And we are only at mid-week! One of the tours was to Janet Eastman, well-regarded Oregonian journalist [...]

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I Get It. Took a While.

Here are the facts. Over the past year, my husband and I have immersed ourselves in educating others about “age-friendly” living and “life-long” housing. We launched a non-profit organization whose name (Age-Friendly Innovators Inc.) shouts our intentions. We built a home using universal design principles and tour people through to demonstrate the easier living that [...]

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Unsubscribe.com

I’ve have been at it for almost an hour. Dad Gum It. I am increasingly exasperated as I try to unsubscribe to websites sending me unsolicited email messages. I woke up this morning determined to do something dramatic to end the relentless onslaught of incoming messages that I have no interest in receiving.My computer is [...]

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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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