Independent for Life

  From INDEPENDENT FOR LIFE: HOMES AND NEIGHBORHOODS FOR AN AGING AMERICA edited by Henry Cisneros, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, and Jane Hickie, forward by John W. Rowe, Copyright © 2012. Courtesy of the University of Texas Press.   Do you want to age independently in your own home and neighborhood? Staying home, aging in place, is most people’s preference, but most Read More …

U.S. Should Make ‘Life-Long Homes’ A Priority

U.S. Should Make ‘Life-Long Homes’ A Priority – Henry Cisneros By Judith Graham (original article at Kaiser Health News) What will it take for Americans to age successfully in place? This question has immediate importance for policymakers and families as an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 years old every day. It’s the subject of a new book, “Independent for Read More …

Technology and the Senior Housing Industry

Is Technology Disrupting or Transforming the Senior Housing Industry? This is the question posed by Joseph F Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab, in his article, which is reproduced below with his permission. The disruptive demographics of an aging society offers a growth opportunity for the senior housing industry. However, technology is also presenting new ways to enable older adults Read More …

Housing: New Directions for National Policy

More than five years after the collapse of the housing market, it’s all too apparent that current housing policy, and the institutions that support it, are outdated and inadequate. That’s why a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission of former Cabinet secretaries, former Senators and other leading housing and economic experts unveiled a new vision for housing policy that aims to further our Read More …

Apple and The Future of Homebuilding

Can Apple influence the future of homebuilding?  I’ve long been critical of SmartHome marketing hype, and I’ve not been a fan of using speech commands to control home devices, but a Forbes article last week got me thinking and inspired today’s posting. (See Here’s How Apple’s Siri Will Control Your House Under HomeKit Program.) Apple Understands Accessibility Homebuilders can learn Read More …

How do you prepare a home for the disabled or elderly?

Modern Health Talk features dozens of articles on getting your home ready for the disabled or elderly. (See http://www.mhealthtalk.com/tag/getting-ready/.) Some of the best ideas are included here. What Changes Should be Made First? Focus on Safety before convenience, Easy before difficult, Temporary before permanent, and Affordable before extravagant.

Multi-generation Homes & Communities

Multi-generational homes were common during the Great Depression but declined once people rebounded economically. Now, as John Graham, coauthor of Together Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living, observes, the recent recession has prompted a move back from valuing independence to interdependence. Some 51 million Americans (16.7% of the population) live in a house with at least two adult Read More …