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Baby boomers jazz up their funerals with Monty Python and fancy dress - Telegraph

Baby boomers jazz up their funerals with Monty Python and fancy dress - Telegraph | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life has become the most popular choice of funeral song, a survey finds
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And now for something completely different--sorry I had to say that.  Retaining a sense of humor is critical as we age in my opinion. 

 

I was also surprised to see that "My Way" di poorly in the poll at the end of this article--Sinatra losing his luster?

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Baby boomers ignite the housing market - The Journal News / Lohud.com

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Baby boomers ignite the housing market
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Older adults nearing or in retirement are plotting housing moves for their "golden" years, says a recently released realtor survey.
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I really find it interesting that 70% say their retirement home will be the best they have ever lived in--is that based on it being newer, hopeful thinking, or . . .?

 

And, what about all those memories--maybe a reflection of people being more mobile and less tied to place?

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Eco living: help the environment - and your pension too - Telegraph

Eco living: help the environment - and your pension too - Telegraph | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Many people approaching retirement are looking for ways to boost their income, often by investing in eco-friendly energy projects that will help the local community (Eco living: help the environment - and your pension too: Many people...
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I love the idea of retirees giving back, especially when it positively influences their living situation as well.

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Disabled get handle on doors

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The doorknob is one more complication Lois Strong doesn't need in her life.... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press.
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My house has levers--and like the bears mentioned here, my dog opend the back door to let herself in.  Sounds like a product opportunity.

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Stay-in-home seniors drive remodeling boom

Mary Reese, 70, loves to plant flowers and visit the children in her Waukegan neighborhood, but a balky back was keeping her from trying to navigate treacherous stairs to the outside.
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Underscores my recent blog post about delaying repairs (modifications too.)

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Aging in Place | Village News: Chesterfield County, Virginia's Community News

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Nothing know, but alwasy important to stress fall prevention.

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Article on not being prepare

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While this is a "Guest Opinion" promoting the authors services, it still presents a good view into the sorts of things we can face if we are not prepared and have not created home environments that are suitable to aging.

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Home repair for health? Simple fix-ups may keep low-income seniors independent - Windsor Star

Home repair for health? Simple fix-ups may keep low-income seniors independent - Windsor Star | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Home repair for health? Simple fix-ups may keep low-income seniors independent Windsor Star During 10 home visits over four months, the Hopkins team is tailoring interventions — including about $1,100 in home repairs or modifications provided for...
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A description of a good, in-home assistance program--the nation could save a lot of money if we did a better job of preventative services.  I like this quote "The environment in which you live can be as disabling as a disease, and too often, older Americans wind up in a nursing home not because they're super-sick but because they can't get through their days safely at home."

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Preparing your Community Association for Aging in Place

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Many baby boomers are opting to stay put and adapt their homes to accommodate aging. But Aging in Place (AIP) affects the homeowners association or condo association as much as it affects the homeowners.
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Here is a good perspective about the role of community associations with aging populations--deferred maintenance is a huge issue, part of the concept behind our company In Your Home--do the handyman/maintenance work as well as livability remodeling.

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Why We Want to Age At Home

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For many, it’s a matter of pride and a decision to ensure their independence. For others, the choice was one of necessity and one plagued by loneliness.
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Great compilation of listener reasons why they want to age-in-place compiled by PBS

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Landscape Modification: an alternative to residential access ramps and lifts | Home Modification Information Clearinghouse

Landscape Modification: an alternative to residential access ramps and lifts | Home Modification Information Clearinghouse | Aging in place | Scoop.it
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Here is a link to a paper on the use of landscape modifications over ramps/lifts to solve access problems.  We are big proponents of gently sloping walkways and stepless entrances, and this also talks about bridges and regrading.  A bit dry but lots of ideas.  From Australia.

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Survey Shows Adult Children None Too Anxious To Take Care Of Aging Parents - KYW Newsradio

Survey Shows Adult Children None Too Anxious To Take Care Of Aging Parents - KYW Newsradio | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Survey Shows Adult Children None Too Anxious To Take Care Of Aging Parents
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Think your kids will take care of you in your Golden Years? They might, but they won't be happy about it.
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Another reason to stay independent--the kids don't want you.  I did have to laugh tho', at the description of why kids are less likely to want Dad at home--the stuff of sitcoms, for sure. 

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Baby Boomers telling manufacturers: Quieter, please! - SILive.com

Baby Boomers telling manufacturers: Quieter, please! - SILive.com | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Baby Boomers telling manufacturers: Quieter, please!
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Homeowner Christine Igot knows one thing for sure. “I will not have a fridge in my kitchen ever again,” she says firmly.
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Low noise environments can greatly improve livability--in additiona to interior noise generators, new framing techniques, insulation and windows can reduce ambient exterior noise.

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Modern approach to aging in place - Ottawa Citizen

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Modern approach to aging in place
Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — Developers and real estate professionals frequently cite baby boomers entering retirement as evidence the demand for condominium units will continue to grow.
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Innovative home, but even more impressive foresight to long term needs and wants.

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Canadian Expat Living in Thailand - Interview with Steve

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Canadian Expat Living in Thailand - Interview with Steve - Expat Articles at Expats Blog ("I moved to #Thailand to #retire after researching several potential #retirement destinations around the..." http://t.co/veA8ZimGyj...
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Interesting policy debate--which is better, importing workers for caregiving and to supplement aging population, or exporting retirees (and their spending)?

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How Seniors Can Live Independently for Longer

How Seniors Can Live Independently for Longer | Aging in place | Scoop.it
As the number of American seniors increases, more are turning to medical devices and assistance from caregivers to help them live independently, a movement called aging in place.
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Underscores the importance of upgrading the bathroom: "The need for assistance, however, varies by activity. In the study, which focused on over 8,000 older men and women, 90 percent of seniors were able to eat on their own, but only 54 percent could bathe without help."

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New Study Ties Housing Wealth to Aging in Place - Senior Housing News

New Study Ties Housing Wealth to Aging in Place - Senior Housing News | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Housing wealth dominates many older Americans’ retirement portfolios, reveals a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America that highlights the importance of home modifications for seniors wishing to age in...
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The article notes that renters hav e more trouble making modifications--which is complicated by the ract that some well done modifications can actually add value to the home, a benefit the renter does not receive.

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Product design, interconnectivity key to tech to aid aging in place

Product design, interconnectivity key to tech to aid aging in place | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Though technology exists that could help older people remain in their homes, barriers such as complexity and privacy concerns often keep adoption rates low.
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I've seen this gulf between younger "technology natives" and older generations first hand--technology will dramatically change the aging experience for the next waves, but they are a ways away yet.

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How Can We Keep Seniors In Their Homes As Long As Possible?

How Can We Keep Seniors In Their Homes As Long As Possible? | Aging in place | Scoop.it
A Baltimore-based project touts a low-cost plan to extend aging in place.
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Very interesting article about how effective a relatively small investment can be in maintaining independence and reducitn healthcare costs.  I love the sentiment "We see housing as part of healthcare".

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This amazing, animated chart shows the aging of America - Washington Post

This amazing, animated chart shows the aging of America
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This amazing, animated chart shows the aging of America. By Brad Plumer, Published: August 13 at 2:51 pmE-mail the writer · Comments · Tweet.
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This is really cool--watch how the population curve flattens over the coming decades.  The author notes that even in 2060 there will be more people under 40 than over, but that misses the point--gone are the days of a skew towards youth with a large population to take care of a relatively few oldsters.

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Home | Home for Life 2013

Home | Home for Life 2013 | Aging in place | Scoop.it
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I thought I had scooped this previously but don't see it so here it is--rather a nice virtual home tour with ideas for livablity improvements.  The real site comes up after the video introduction.

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Aging in Place (2): Building a Foundation for Design | Blog | design ...

Aging in Place (2): Building a Foundation for Design | Blog | design ... | Aging in place | Scoop.it
What are the best ways to take care of someone you love as they age?
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This is an interest piece on design principles for aging-in-place.  I can't say that the 4 principles are anything new to those of us who have been in this effort for a long time already, but it is well thought out.

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Designing for disability: Raleigh couple make ambitious home ADA-compliant | Home & Garden | NewsObserver.com

Designing for disability: Raleigh couple make ambitious home ADA-compliant | Home & Garden | NewsObserver.com | Aging in place | Scoop.it
Sam and Mary Southern wanted to go beyond just rearranging furniture and upgrading safety features in their two-story home. They wanted a new space where they could "age in place" - even preparing for the eventuality of walkers and wheelchairs.
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Good example of a forward thinking couple--I love the thought "what's the best way to finish this race."  Don't agree that generally it will cost more to downsize than stay put and remodel, but this approach certainly has appeal for staying in the place you've grown to love.

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Paying for Home Modifications » The NeedyMeds Blog

Paying for Home Modifications » The NeedyMeds Blog | Aging in place | Scoop.it
When caring for a loved one, many families look for financial assistance to help specifically with the cost of home care services. While there are programs that provide assistance in this area, many families fail to consider other ...
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A good overview of payment--and frank acknowledgement that we do little in this country to help create better home environments, preferring to underwrite assisted care--like focusing on the disease rather then keeping people well.

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The Truth About Aging In America - Huffington Post

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The Truth About Aging In America
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The face of aging is changing in America. I've seen proof. Perhaps it's because the Baby Boomers are entering their senior years.
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Three thoughts prompted by this blog post:

1. Aging may be more accepted (respectable in the author's language), but I wonder if that makes it easier to adapt, or just less urgent?

2. Just because the current crop of over 65ers don't feel financial pressures does not mean that it is not a high concern an impending reality for the current under 65 crowd who have been poor savers and just lived through the Great Recession.

3. It's always been this way, but increasingly it seems the majority of discussion in the media is about our looks and how to "turn back the clock".  Are marketers out of touch or are we still really more concerned with being "youthful"?

 

I do like the research showing that the happiest of us exercise regularly and have an optimistic outlook.

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