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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.”

Looking for your “senior self…”

Do you believe this? You make better decisions about your later-in-life financial situation if you “see” your senior self. Research at Stanford University has documented the “disconnect” we often feel with our older selves. The studies suggest we have a “third person perspective” about aging and “may even view our older selves as strangers.” As [...]

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“Back at you–Alexa!

This blog borrows heavily from the Changing Aging website (www.changingaging.org) and a May, 2015 blog by Alexa Elheart, who I’m concluding is a young woman who wants we oldsters to shape up a little.  I did some heavy-duty editing of the original blog but her main points are worth thinking about… Alexa writes…”Many older people feel embarrassed [...]

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Little Free Libraries

Have you heard about the Little Free Library? I am borrowing with a abandon from a recently published blog describing their presence in on lucky neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. In this case, a loving husband gave his writer/reader/blogger wife the sturdy little structure as a gift. According to “The Little Free Library Book” (Coffee House [...]

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You and Me at 83…

Let’s say I’m eighty-three years old. I’m not that old—but let’s assume I am, just for the purposes of this blog. Let’s assume you’re in your eighties too. Where would we like to live? It’s a relatively easy question for both of us, I suspect. We’d like to be comfortably situated in our own homes. [...]

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Better Living By Design: A Symposium You Must Not Miss

Even if I were not one of the people organizing and planning it, I would absolutely want to be present for this event!  Saturday May 16, 2015, thinking homeowners and forward-looking building professionals will come together to rock the house (literally and figuratively)! The all-day (9-3 pm) Symposium is titled “Better Living By Design: Making Our Homes More [...]

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Denial is Not a River in Egypt

Here’s a scenario most of us have experienced in some form. It’s the middle of the night and the phone rings. It’s your son in Seattle calling to tell you his 70- year old father-in-law took a fall and he’s with him in a hospital emergency room. He has a fracture—or did he say “fractures”—plural. [...]

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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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