Living Options (p2):
Home Modifications, Shared housing, Village Movement, Co-Housing; Active Adult Community, Continuing Care
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Medical Alert Systems: Help!
We kept getting asked "which medical alert system is best?"; and "how do I choose the right medical alert system for me?". This independent, objective, hands-on research tries to answer those questions. If you are looking for a medical alert system, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.
Caring from Afar: Guide to Home Sensor Systems
Read our report on this new category of products, designed to help seniors stay at home longer, and to help their families worry about them less. There are important lessons to be learned about which ones work, and for which types of circumstance they are optimal.
How a Continuing Care Retirement Community Works
How a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) works is a question that often pops up when our explorer discussions turn to where and how to live as one gets older. This article explains how this model of retirement living works, and discusses their financial model.
Joe Maxwell's Universal Design Kitchen
This article describes a piece of universal design (a kitchen) from 83 yr old designer Joe Maxwell. When you read about Joe's kitchen design below from the 1950's you can't help wondering why we don't see more Universal Design in mainstream products.
Boomer decision-making on home modifications for aging in place
Some of you may have participated late last year in my research survey about consumer decision making, baby boomers, and aging in place. If so, thank you very much for contributing to our collective knowledge! As of mid-November 2013, 225 people had responded to the survey: 57% boomers aged 50-64, and 43% non-boomers aged 65+.
For decades, AARP has conducted surveys showing that 80-90% of Americans want to age in place. My survey results were similar at 78%. The literature research for my thesis, though, indicated that less than...
Falling Down The Stairs; Understanding the needs and motivations of Seniors
In order for our community to move forward with the development of technologies that will enable baby boomers to age in place we will need to understand the needs and motivations of Seniors. The psychology of aging is relevant and necessary as we proceed. I am going to present a model that should help us gain a general perspective on this very complex subject.
Redefining & Redesigning Aging…By and For Ourselves!
I recently participated in a global design challenge to redefine aging. The Challenge was held on the OpenIDEO website / platform (www.openideo.com) where thousands of design-thinkers from around the world participate in a virtual incubator. My team's idea was one of the six winning ideas. Put simply, the idea is to create a participatory design movement, where mature men and women are empowered to create their own future (products, services, experiences, communities, etc.).
Daily Check-Ins: These Explorers Unenthusiastic
There has been discussion by staff on our campus to implement or offer a daily check-in for residents. We discussed a few that anyone can purchase and use, including: Snug Safety App, I am fine, care checkers and check on granny. Following an in-depth conversation, the group decided unanimously... .........Read more
The Providence Village
The Providence Village by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence
Member Pat Mattingly provided an update on the Providence Village, begun about two years ago. It is one of over 250 villages in the US that are part of a Village-to-Village network. The Village’s purpose is to organize... .........Read more
Co-Housing by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence
Member Gary Leib describes the concept of Co-Housing and the efforts being made by a group in Providence to find a suitable site on which to convert a building or to build a Co-Housing community. They seek a multi-age group of from... .........Read more
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Stayormove.org is a developing website intending to offer helpful guidance in the form of video clips, articles, and links to resources for those who are planning their living situations for the later years of life.
The Senior Cohousing Handbook
Architect Charles Durrett focuses on the creation of intentional senior cohousing communities as the active adults' alternative to aging in an assisted living facility.
At Home with Growing Older (AHWGO)
From architectural home modifications to personal improvement, Susanne Stadler leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals deeply contemplating the challenges of growing old, and leading a proactive effort to find solutions.
Housing Information for Senior Citizens (HUD)
The US Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) sponsors this informative website. It is helpful to those seeking housing, especially affordable or subsidized housing, as well as family and friends who want to help in the search. It helps locate the appropriate type of housing, how to apply...
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