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More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves  Gail Schwartz wants to keep her 85-year-old husband out of a nursing home as long as she can, but it isn’t easy.— The New York Times

Taking Care | PBS NewsHour  Many videos and articles are available. – PBS

3 Mantras Every Caregiver Needs3 Mantras Every Caregiver Needs It’s a good idea to remember that no matter how much planning you do, there’s no substitute for experience. Research is important but it’s overrated as a predictor of success.— Anne Tumlinson, Daughterhood.org

adult-daughter-with - aging-dadSoaring Numbers of Adult Children Caring For Aging Parents In 1994, only 3 percent of men and 9 percent of women helped provide basic care for a parent. Fifteen years later, 17 percent of men and 28 percent of women provided such care.— Nancy Rhine, MS, LMFT, CPG

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Bittersweet Season book coverBittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves  by Jane Gross The longtime New York Times expert on the subject of elderly care and the founder of the New Old Age blog shares her frustrating, heartbreaking, enlightening, and ultimately redemptive journey, providing us along the way with valuable information that she wishes she had known earlier.

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Niche Retirement CommunityWhat Have We Learned From 30 Years of ‘Aging in Place’? A new study on “naturally occurring retirement communities” shows that cities must adapt to and support the needs of elders for them to thrive. – The Atlantic

radical resthomes logoRadical RestHomes – A complete Re-Think for a New Generation Whatever you decide to do, you declare your home, your compound, a “Radical Resthome”. It’s your own personal senior residence, and you don’t need a developer or building manager to tell you how to run it … – Radical Resthomes

NORC in NYCWhen the Neighborhood Is the Retirement Village In my father’s apartment building in South Jersey, the older tenants start drifting into the small lobby each day around 1 p.m., taking up positions on chairs and couches. The ostensible reason: The mail is about to arrive. The real reason: They relish a chance to schmooze. — New York Times

Downtown_Phoenix_Aerial_Looking_NortheastAmerica’s 10 Fastest-Growing Places to Retire When to retire is one of life’s biggest decisions, but where to retire is an often-overlooked question that can be equally important. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas for retirees.— Next Avenue

Stair-Lifts-in-homeWhat It Takes to Age in Place It’s not just a house. It’s a home. Your parents raised a family there, tended the garden and mowed the lawn. They kept up with the neighbors and enjoyed many wonderful years in that house. Who can blame them for never wanting to leave?— Next Avenue

The Homes Boomers Will Retire In Sun City: Here we don’t come! That’s one of my takeaways from the new Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) survey about the homes boomers expect to live in during retirement. – Next Avenue

Hands of the old woman - Will We Really Be Able to Age in Place?Will We Really Be Able to Age in Place? How will we access and pay for the support and services we’ll need as we grow older? There is a growing sense of urgency around that question, as more of us are determined to remain as independent as possible throughout our lives, – Next Avenue

At Home, Many Seniors Are Imprisoned by Their Independence What she mourns most are the mundane pleasures and rituals of her once-active life. A weekly manicure at the corner nail salon. Saturday excursions to Macy’s. “I miss going to Sunday brunch on Second Avenue with my friends,” she said. “I miss going to church.”— New York Times

Renovation vs. Relocation in RetirementRenovation vs. Relocation in Retirement Should you downsize and move to a new neighborhood? Or renovate the family residence to suit your retirement needs and lock in for the long term? It is one of the most vexing questions older people face as they plan the shift from a working life to retirement. — New York Times

Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in PlaceLivable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place  Aging in place is the ability to remain in one’s own home or community in spite of potential changes in health and functioning in later life. Aging in place has the potential to benefit not only older adults, but also their families, their communities, and their governments.— MetLife.com

How to Use Your Home to Stay at Home happy asian senior couple standing in front of a houseHow to Use Your Home to Stay at Home Like most Americans, you may want to stay in your home as you grow older. But as it gets harder to do things on your own, you may need a helping hand with everyday tasks. For many people, / extra costs are a real burden.— Next Avenue

Homes Designed for Now and Later Homes Designed for Now and Later The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has named aging in place a “pillar issue,” promising to support the incorporation of universal design features into affordable housing and communities. The agency is developing a program to provide financing for people 55 and older who want to modify their homes. — AARP Bulletin

Back to the Future- Are Today’s “Livable Communities” Reminiscent of Our Not-Too-Distant PastBack to the Future: Are Today’s “Livable Communities” Reminiscent of Our Not-Too-Distant Past?  By 2030, there will be an estimated 70 million elders in the United States, accounting for about 20 percent of the total population. Given the scale and pace of the greying of America, and because satisfaction with living conditions correlates highly with life satisfaction, housing for this population has become one of the more salient policy issues in America today. — American Society on Aging

Movers helping Their senior Customers Stay at HomeMovers Who Help Their Customers Stay at Home Karen Barlow, an aging-in-place specialist in San Antonio, has a same critical eye during her initial visit to a client’s abode. “We assess the home, starting from the entrance,” Ms. Barlow said. “If there are several stairs or a transition, a person who’s on a walker is not going to be able to get over that. We can level out the entrance.”— New York Times

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Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America book coverIndependent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America  – Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and a team of experts on aging, architecture, construction, health, finance, and politics assess the current state of housing and present new possibilities that realistically address the interrelated issues of housing, communities, services, and financial concerns. – Edited by Henry Cisneros, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain and Jane Hickie

seniors housing dilemma book coverStay or Move? The Seniors’ Housing Dilemma Today we are living longer and the probability is that at some time in the future we are going to have to sell and move. Also, unexpected incidents do happen that require fast decisions. The best thing you can do is to start working on this decision, TODAY!— by Bruce Wrisley

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Facts: Moving a Parent Into Your HomeFacts: Moving a Parent Into Your Home Making the decision to move a parent into your home is not necessarily as clear-cut as it would seem. A number of situations and questions arise that need addressing. The Family Caregiver Alliance’s family Consultants suggest that it is helpful to consider these issues before the move is made…– Next Avenue

Grandparents Who Move to Be Closer to GrandchildrenGrandparents Who Move to Be Closer to Grandchildren Not all grandparents have the wherewithal — or the desire — to be closer to their grandchildren. But with families increasingly far-flung, those who want to establish or maintain a bond may have to go where their grandchildren are. The big decision is whether that move is relatively permanent or clearly temporary... – New York Times

This Preschool Inside A Nursing Home Proves True Friendship Knows No AgeThis Preschool Inside A Nursing Home Proves True Friendship Knows No Age In many ways, Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle is a typical senior living community. It’s home to about 400 elderly residents and provides them with different types of assistance. However, within the facility is also the Intergenerational Learning Center — a preschool where children and seniors have the chance to bond. — Huffington Post

Granny UnitsGranny Units, also called In-Law Units, usually have a small living/kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. — Houseplans.com

In the Backyard, Grandma’s New ApartmentIn the Backyard, Grandma’s New Apartment  The Page family will soon become the first family in the country to take delivery of a high-tech MEDCottage. The cottage is laid out as an open-plan apartment with a kitchen area (equipped with a microwave, small refrigerator, and washer-dryer combo), a bed area and a bathroom large enough in which to maneuver a wheelchair. The utilities and plumbing connect to the primary residence.—New York Times

These Backyard “Granny Pods” Could be the Solution to Nursing HomesThese Backyard “Granny Pods” Could be the Solution to Nursing Homes MedCottages or “Granny Pods” are an excellent solution for taking care of elderly family members. I am actually quite excited about having my loved ones close, but still in their own space. Reverend Ken Dupin invented these 12 feet by 24 feet pods that sit conveniently in any backyard and plug right up one’s existing plumbing and electrical. They allow both caregiver and senior to have their own space while remaining connected. – DavidWolfe.com

Building Homes for Modern Multigenerational FamiliesBuilding Homes for Modern Multigenerational Families The house also has a feature that the builders are betting will be a hit, like the dog showers and craft rooms that beckoned during the boom. Tucked inside is a one-bedroom apartment with its own garage and a discrete entrance around the side. –The New York Times

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Together Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living book coverTogether Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living by Sharon Graham Niederhaus and John L. Graham  As it stands now the benefits of extended family living are being masked by the World War II generation’s fancy for independence. That worked fine for them. But the coming failure of the social security and healthcare systems in this country are forcing us all to rethink how we live and care for one another. This book offers solutions based in part on interviews with over 100 people now involved in extended family living relationships.

Under One Roof Again: All Grown Up and (Re)Learning to Live Together Happily book coverUnder One Roof Again: All Grown Up and (Re)Learning to Live Together Happily  by Susan Newman, PhD. As nest eggs shrink, parents are moving in with their adult children and grandchildren in record numbers. Similarly, with jobs scarce and unemployment high, more and more adult children, be they recent college grads (77% of them in 2009) or on their own for a while, are returning home to their parents.

When Your Parent Moves In: Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent book coverWhen Your Parent Moves In: Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent by David Horgan. So you thought you’d never have to live with Mom again? Think again. As the population ages, elderly parents everywhere are moving in with their children—and changing everything. Making room—physically, emotionally, and financially—for an elderly parent can push families to their limits. This book helps family members deal with the far-reaching implications such a move can have on every aspect of a family’s life.

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Amazon EchoAlexa? How Voice-First Technology Helps Older Adults Old folks just don’t like technology. That’s been the conventional wisdom for years, particularly as smartphones became a hub of daily life. Slick handheld devices were seen as too expensive and complicated for them. But Davis Park is a big believer that innovations in what’s known as voice-first technology — best exemplified by smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and its voice, Alexa — could make a big difference in letting older adults age in place and avoid social isolation. – Next Avenue

Virtual VillageVirtual village gives seniors what they need to stay in their homes TrueNeighbors Village is not defined so much by geography but by the needs and wants of the older adults who become members. The goal is to help keep people in their own homes as they age by providing an easily accessed network of activities and services. – The Orange County Register

Innovating technology for the needs and health of eldersInnovating technology for the needs and health of elders (video) There’s a multi-billion-dollar market that has been largely overlooked by Silicon Valley. But a new wave of tech startups have begun developing products for seniors and their caregivers, from redesigning canes and pillboxes, to a web-based app that helps keep an eye on elderly relatives. – PBS

Assistive Technology Helps People Age in PlaceAssistive Technology Helps People Age in Place For many seniors, assistive technology makes the difference between being able to live independently and having to get long-term nursing or home health care. For others, it’s critical to the ability to perform simple activities of daily living, like bathing and going to the bathroom. Many of those who use some form of assistive technology find they are able to reduce their dependence on others and continue to live independently.— Next Avenue

Nielsen Finds Older Adults Are Embracing Digital VideoNielsen Finds Older Adults Are Embracing Digital Video People 50 to 64 years old watched an average of 19 minutes a day of digital video during the second quarter of 2014, up from 11 minutes a day during the same period last year, according to a Nielsen report being released on Monday. — New York Times

American retirees use virtual retirement networks to stay supported videoAmerican retirees use virtual retirement networks to stay supported (video) It’s a fact of American life, the baby boomer generation, born right after World War Two, is hitting retirement age.  And it’s putting resources to the test. But that generation armed with technology and knowledge of a shared economy, is coming up with innovative ideas to maintain their independence.— CCTV.com 

head shot Laurie OrlovAbout Aging in Place Technology  Laurie M. Orlov, a tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch — market research that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. – Aging in Place Technology Watch

MABU Personal Health CompanionIntroducing the Mabu Personal Healthcare Companion (video) Mabu the personal healthcare companion is the face of Catalia Health’s platform for patient engagement. She’s designed to help patients with the myriad challenges of chronic disease management and will be first rolled out this year to help a particular group of patients manage the medication portion of their treatment. – Catalia Health

mother & daughter with gradPadTablet for Seniors The essential apps and services on the GrandPad eliminate the clutter, distractions, and complications of other devices. This simple tablet for seniors enables users to view family photos and videos, call loved ones, send voice emails, play classic games, and listen to their favorite tunes with the touch of a button to instantly start making and sharing memories.— GrandPad.net

Tech Tools in aging in JapanTools in aging Japan: Robotic spines & Segway-like stools While so much consumer technology caters to the needs, wants and whims of the young, Japanese companies are exploring ways tech can aid the old. They include devices that enable retirees to maintain their independence by helping them move around the home or performing chores. Some even see the creation of humanoid robots — a dream actively pursued by many Japanese engineers — as a way to care for the elderly, providing artificial household servants. — San Francisco Chronical

cyberseniors logo Cyber Seniors Documentary (film) A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, CYBER-SENIORS adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.—Cyber Seniors 

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Aging in Place iconRethinking an Aging Society Text of a speech delivered by Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative“I was a geriatric social worker working on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project called “Hospital Initiatives in Long-Term Care.” I was charged with figuring out how to deal with the environmental problem of frail older adults stuck in their apartments…” United Hospital Fund

women in lincoln squareLincoln Square Neighborhood Center NORC Program Founded just a few years after World War II ended, the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center has its roots in the settlement house movement, and its programs have historically been designed to respect and capitalize on the community’s culture, tradition, and history. That translates into a commitment to “leverage the social capital of our residents,” explains Stephanie Pinder, the center’s executive director. – NORC Blueprint

seniors hiking in a forestNORCs: Unique Havens for an Aging America  Overwhelmingly, people who are getting older want to stay in their homes, and their numbers are soaring. Nearly 14 percent of the U.S. population, or 40 million Americans, will be at least 65 years old next year. By 2040, there will be twice as many, and 28 million of them will be at least 80 years old, according to Census Bureau projections. — US News

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seniors on a hike‘Village’ Movement for Aging Seniors Faces Some Challenges The Village movement brings together older adults who want to age in their homes independently, but believe it will be too hard to do so unless they have some support. These virtual villages link independent living seniors together. Members offer support to each other as they are able, and ask for support when they need it through an organized system. – KQED “State of Health”

Senior villages help people stay independent What started as a group of neighbors – formed to help with a variety of tasks from changing a lightbulb to driving each other to the grocery store or doctor’s visits – has expanded to include home repair referrals, social events and even partnerships with health care providers to allow members to receive special attention and attend educational programs. — SF Gate

With Help Here and There, Preserving Independence in Old Age Most Americans over 65 will eventually need help with the so-called tasks of daily living — eating, dressing, bathing, shopping and the like. But with family members spread all over the map or unable to be full-time caregivers for other reasons, the need for new and better options will only increase.— The New York Times

neighbor shoveling snowA Community Time Bank A program called the Reach Service Exchange Network began operation in the fall of 2010, powered by a grant of $1 million from the federal Administration on Aging.The network functions as a time bank. Montpelier residents of all ages join for $25 and get access to a site listing requests and offers: driving, pet care, reading aloud, help with grocery shopping, computer tutoring sessions and more. “We ask all members to provide services to the network,” explained Daniel Hecht, the network’s director. “We think people of any age or level of ability can contribute.”— The New York Times

senior watching TV in the middle of a lot of actionOn Aging (audio/podcast) A wide variety of aging-related news and topics are covered. – NPR

senior and caregiverWhen I Needed Help For years, I’d been sagely advising adult children to recognize when their parents were approaching the point at which they were not safe at home alone, to anticipate it and begin talking and planning before a crisis. Now the shoe was on the other foot… I was the helpless one, and worse than the surgery itself was what I was going to do next, how I was going to handle the weeks of recuperation.— The New York Times

Books

Giving from Your Heart book coverGiving from Your Heart by Dr. Bob Rosenberg and Guy Lampard – Many people have considered volunteering but they simply don’t know how to get started. Rosenberg and Lampard share their expertise about the numerous volunteer opportunities available today. From determining your desired level of involvement to establishing realistic expectations, Rosenberg and Lampard offer practical information that will help you connect with the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.

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sunset over city8 Things Your City Should Be Doing to Help You Age Well Check out Age-Friendly New York City’s checklist of steps every city should be taking to help its residents age with dignity, mobility and independence.  PBS News Hour

senior woman stares out windowWho Will Take Care of Childless Boomers? One study predicts that about a quarter of boomers may become “elder orphans.” That’s a newly coined term for people who reach old age with no family or friends left, like the 81-year-old North Carolina man who made the news in May when he called 911 for food because he had no one else to turn to. – Forbes.com

The Childless Plan for Their Fading DaysThe Childless Plan for Their Fading Days According to an August 2013 report from AARP, 11.6 percent of women ages 80 to 84 were childless in 2010. By 2030, the number will reach 16 percent. What’s more, in 2010, the caregiver support ratio was more than seven potential caregivers for every person over 80 years old. By 2030, that ratio is projected to decline to four to one. By 2050, it’s expected to fall to three to one.— The New York Times

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