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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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Watch Your Step

I’ve blogged about falls in the past (Don’t Fall for This 1 & 2) but talked mostly about fall risk in the home.  Last weekend Sharon and I were in Decatur, Georgia for a family wedding and the issue of falls once again came up. We stayed at hotel about 5 blocks from Sharon’s sister [...]

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Helping the Helpers

I read an article from the New York Times recently discussing the legions of family caregivers looking after elders.  In this article the primary caregiver is a 78-year-old women caring from her 85-year-old husband who as vascular dementia.  I have linked the full article on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/agefriendlyinnovation.  There are millions of these family [...]

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Home Alone

In late 2013 Sharon and I founded Age-Friendly Innovators (www.agefriendlyinnovators.org) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help older adults safely stay in their home for as long as possible.  This is called “aging-in-place.”  Perhaps you have come across this term as it is appearing in the mainstream press (New York Times, Wall Street [...]

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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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Don’t Fall for This Part 2

Sharon and I have both blog about fall prevention in general but I want to get very specific….floor coverings such as mats and throw rugs are dangerous.  Two questions.  1. Are these floor coverings in good condition or noticeably worn or torn?  2. Do the floor coverings bunch up or slide when you walk on [...]

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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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What about Lucy?

Last month Sharon and I presented at the American Society on Aging (ASA) “Aging in America” conference in Chicago.  The program was packed with presentations on a wide variety of subjects relating to aging, but one in particular caught our attention. In recent years we have tried to plan for aging and end-of-life decisions and [...]

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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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