My name is Patrick Roden I’m a nurse. I have been caring for patients and their families since 1983 when I first began working in a nursing home to pay for my education. But my life with elders goes further back to when I was a baby crawling on the floors of the nursing home run by my grandmother who was the head-nurse. That’s a lifetime of caring and insights that inform the website you’re now visiting.
I have set 3 goals for this website:
1. Make it Relevant
2. Make it Simple/Intuitive (time-saving)
3. Make it Quality (deserving of your attention)
To help me achieve these goals I’ve asked the following individuals (Top Experts in their given fields) to provide feedback and guidance on content development—they all have graciously agreed. Aginginplace.com has been carefully designed with you in mind. I’ve worked at getting the help you need and ideas you’ll want in a logical flow that respects your time, intelligence, and resourcefulness.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed!
Patrick Roden RN, PhD
Creator of AgingInPlace.com
Patrick spent the first years of his life crawling around the floors of a nursing home where his grandmother was head nurse. He feels this experience imprinted him and influenced his life’s work. It was his “chance meeting” with 85-year-old marathon participant, Mavis Lindgren in 1992 that set Patrick on his current path. Acting as Mrs. Lindgren’s med escort for 5 marathons changed his view of what is possible in old age.
Patrick’s nursing career spanned over two decades and included ICU, CCU, Trauma, Inner-city Public Health, YMCA Cardiac Therapy Volunteer, and post-surgical recovery. In 2010 he was awarded The Lloydena Grimes Award for Excellence in Nursing from Linfield College School of Nursing (1st male ever to be awarded). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, Fielding Creativity Longevity & Wisdom Fellow, is a member of Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses Beta Psi chapter (2015), Human and Organization Development Scholarship recipient in recognition of scholarly contribution; presented by the Dean of HOD, Charles McClintock, PhD and Director, Institute for Social Innovation, Katrina Rogers, PhD (06’).
Professional organizations include; The Oregon Nurse’s Association, Oregon Gerontological Association, American Society on Aging, and he is a Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS).
Professional interests: Creativity and aging, aging in place, the aging brain, the aesthetic experience. He is a contributing blogger for boomer-livingPlus.com and The Mature Market Experts and is the creative force behind aginginplace.com.
Motto: Eat < Move + Purpose + Education (Growth Mindset) x Community = Longevity
Gerontology: Harry (Rick) Moody, Ph.D
Recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He is currently Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Japan, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Moody previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). Dr. Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a number of books including Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society, Ethics in an Aging Society and Aging: Concepts and Controversies, a gerontology textbook now in its 7th edition. His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday Anchor Books and has been translated into seven languages worldwide.
Dr. Moody has been instrumental in the development and update of the Certified Senior Advisor course and curriculum. He has worked with the Society of Certified Senior Advisors since its inception to create the CSA Textbook, Working with seniors: Health, Financial and Social Issues and has been a long-standing consultant and advocate for SCSA.
A graduate of Yale (1967) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University (1973), Dr. Moody taught philosophy at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. From 1999 to 2001 he served as National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Faith in Action and, from 1992 to 1999, was Executive Director of the Brookdale Center at Hunter College. Before coming to Hunter, he served as Administrator of Continuing Education Programs for the Citicorp Foundation and later as Co-Director of the National Aging Policy Center of the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC.
Harry Moody is known nationally for his work in older adult education and recently stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center.
In recent years he has been an invited speaker at Yale, Stanford, Notre Dame, Brown, the University of Yokohama, and the Chattauqua Institution. He has frequently been interviewed on TV and radio about Elderhostel and personal growth in the second half of life.
Video: Keynote for OGA
Aging in Place Technology: Laurie Orlov
Laurie Orlov is the Founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their homes.
In her previous career, Laurie spent more than 30 years in the technology industry, including 24 years in IT and 9 years as a leading industry analyst at Forrester Research. While there, she was often the first in the industry to identify technology trends and management strategies which have survived the test of time. She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, conferences, and symposia, most recently on the business of technology for boomers and seniors.
She has been featured on Caring.com, mature markets, SilverPlanet, Mobile Health News, and her blog entries are widely syndicated. She advises large organizations as well as non-profits and entrepreneurs about trends and opportunities in the age-related technology market. Her segmentation of this emerging technology market and trends commentary have been presented in the Journal of Geriatric Care Management.
Her perspectives have been quoted in Business Week, Forbes, Kiplinger, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. She has been profiled in the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She has a graduate certification in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida and a BA in Music from the University of Rochester.
Laurie has consulted to AARP and has served as a participating expert on the Think Tank for The Philips Center for Health and Well-Being. Clients have included AARP, Microsoft, Novartis, J&J, United Healthcare, Yahoo! and Philips. She was one of the judges for the CES Innovations Awards 2014 and has been on the advisory board of Age Power.
She is frequently quoted in CNN, Yahoo! Finance, Kiplinger, The Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, and USA Today. Laurie is profiled in Business Week’s Launching Startups, Huffington Post, and The NY Times.
The Built Environment: Louis Tenenbaum
Louis Tenenbaum is the nation’s top visionary on aging in place. He had no idea that a 1988 remodeling project helping a young paraplegic be independent in the bathroom would chart the direction of his life and career. When he focused his remodeling company on aging in place in the early 90’s he was surprised that in-home supports are not delivered through an organized system, pushing him to study aging, housing and care systems, transportation and long-term care and health costs. He never imagined hearing Betty Friedan talk about her 1993 book The Fountain of Age would invigorate him with the politics of aging.
Lessons like those, coupled with 20 years’ experience working with families and individuals, designers and developers, geriatric care managers, occupational therapists, product manufacturers, community leaders and advocates informed his white paper, Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge published by the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute.
Tenenbaum’s practical vision is vital communities whose commitment to dignity and respect for older citizens results in healthy local economies. Louis’s cross-disciplinary experience lead him to embrace a systems approach to community services development. Through coordination and partnership among in-home providers, health systems, government, not for profits, technology, and business the related goals of healthy, happy citizens in the homes of their choice, robust communities and strong business environments are reached.
Now Tenenbaum, founder of the Aging in Place Institute, is a leading authority on aging in place – the idea that our homes are the most desirable and economical place for housing and care. Tenenbaum is an enthusiastic speaker whose passion is evident and contagious. He works with communities, not for profits, business and foundations as well as families and individuals on home and community design, innovative business models for aging in place, marketing to older consumers and better ways to educate and motivate consumers and communities to act responsibly on their own behalf.
Louis, who has two young adult children, lives in the Washington, DC suburbs. He is a biker, whitewater kayaker, skier and has practiced yoga for more than 30 years. Louis enjoys many giving and spiritual communities. He loves the irony of waking up stiff and sore every morning while feeling vibrant every day.
Universal Design: Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, consultant, writer, and publisher who walks her talk. On June 13, 1998, Rossetti’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crashing down on her. Her life was changed in that instant! Paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, Rossetti looked deep within herself and found new strength and new resolve. In her keynote speeches, she shares the lessons she has learned since that fateful day and demonstrates how to rise above misfortune and live life with conviction.
Rossetti is the president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc., founded in 1997, and Fortuna Press LLC, founded in 2003. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and served on the board of directors for the NSA Ohio Chapter from 1998-2003.
Rossetti and her husband, Mark Leder, are on a personal mission to increase the awareness and discussion of the home of the future. They built a national demonstration home and garden in Columbus, Ohio, the Universal Design Living Laboratory www.UDLL.com. This home is the highest rated universal design home in North America earning three national certifications. It also received a Gold rating from the National Association of Home Builders for the green building features. Rossetti brings the discussion about marrying universal design, green building, healthy home, and technology to the forefront. This home serves as their residence, but also is being used to inspire residential and commercial builders, architects, landscape architects, designers, interior designers, manufacturer’s representatives/distributors, and home buyers. The 3,500 square foot ranch-style home incorporates the finest craftsmanship and state-of-the-art products and services.
See Dr. Rossetti: Recording October 14, 2015, about the UDLL universal design features
Health eBytes: The Science of Optimal Aging, Ramiah Ramasubramanian MD, FRCA (England)
“Dr. Rama” is a practicing, board-certified anesthesiologist with a fellowship in surgical critical care. He lives and works in the Portland, Oregon area. To contact Dr. “Rama” please email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Finance, Career Transition, and Retirement: Kerry Hannon
I am a national keynote speaker, author, and columnist. My expertise: personal finance, career transition, and retirement. My latest books are Getting the Job You Want After 50, Love Your Job: The New Rules of Career Happiness. Other recent books include: What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond and Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +. I am a columnist for The New York Times. I am AARP’s JOB EXPERT. I write a weekly column for boomer women on the PBS website, NextAvenue.org. My journalistic journey has taken me from Forbes to Money to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance to U.S. News and World Report, where I developed the “Second Acts” column back in 2006, and then on to USA Today where I wrote the “Your Money” column. I run my own media company with the following platforms: I write non-fiction career and personal finance books and online columns like this one. I give keynote speeches on changing careers, finding work after 50, working in retirement, ways to learn to love your job and women, money and financial security. I consult on a variety of career topics. I grew up in Fox Chapel, outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. I’m a graduate of Duke University.
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A critical care nurse, Patrick Roden, was a medical volunteer at the Portland Marathon of 1992 when he came to the aid of the celebrated 85-year-old marathoner, Mavis Lindgren. They became fast friends and he was her escort for many marathons until her last at age 90. “Mavis changed the way I viewed aging,” Patrick said, “The medical model tends to focus on what goes wrong in aging–and neglects to inform us about what goes right. She inspired me to begin working on a Ph.D. in aging and human development.”
Night’s chill lingered in the air and the silence was broken by the sounds of songbirds. The sun was just beginning to rise on a crisp October morning in 1992. Suddenly the squeaking brakes of a rental truck and the clanging of folding chairs shattered the serenity. With military precision, the volunteers began to set up the first aid station at the 18-mile marker. I was one of those volunteers and this was the annual running of the Portland Marathon.
It took an hour to set up and go through my checklist. The first aid kit was in order and the communications were working. We were ready. Soon the elite runners would be flying through, followed by a seemingly endless sea of participants. The conditions were perfect: a bright clear indigo sky, golden fall leaves. All of us were anticipating an inspiring day.
The morning had been uneventful at our station. The usual blisters, Vaseline applied to the chaffed skin, hydration to the dehydrated, and lots of moral support. One pregnant woman reached the 18-mile point and could go no further so we loaded her into the ambulance. They taxied her to the finish line and her anxiously awaiting husband.
It was now late afternoon and the sea of runners had dwindled to a trickle of determined souls. The frequent and now familiar static that preceded a message from the EMS broke the airwaves. An elderly woman was reported down near the 18-mile mark, in our territory. I waited for a person fitting the description to pass, and no one did. Strapping on my first aid kit, I set out to investigate.
Running upstream, I began to think, how elderly could they mean? Whoever it was, he or she had gone 18 miles, and this was a marathon after all…….50, maybe 60, I thought.
As I rounded the bend I saw a young woman attending the injured runner who looked like Mother Theresa in running shorts! The young woman explained that another runner had cut in front of the injured woman and knocked her down as she stepped towards the curb. As I listened, I assessed the situation. The injuries included an obviously fractured wrist as well as a small bump on the head. “Her name is Mavis,” the young woman said.
“Mavis, I would like to escort you to the first aid station,” I began… “Young man, I’m going to finish this race,” she politely interrupted. After a few seconds of negotiating, I held up her injured arm and we briskly took off for the station (or so I thought).
Amazed, I blurted out “How old are you?” “I’m 85.” She pointed to her number pinned to the front of her T-shirt. “Every year, they give me the number of my age. This year I’m number 85. “What do you mean each year?” I asked.
Mavis Lindgren had run all over the world. She had appeared many times on TV, radio, and magazines such as Runner’s World, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times, and been mentioned in books such as Age Wave (Ken Dychtwald) and Grandma Wears Running Shoes (Patricia Horning Benton). She was no stranger to Portland, either. All along the course, there were signs encouraging her and the cheers followed her every step! Two middle-aged women ran up and hugged her exclaiming that they wanted to be just like her when they grew up.
Mavis and I reached the finish line arm-in-arm, right into interviews for the 6’oclock news (I have the video). I was asked to escort her to the entire race the next year in 1993, and it became a tradition.
She retired from running at age 90 after the 1997 marathon. It was her 75th and final 26.2-mile outing. Phil Knight of Nike had a custom pair of “Air Mavis” running shoes made especially for her final marathon. Her two daughters and grandchildren accompanied us and it was an emotional finale to an illustrious running career.
What makes her story all the more exceptional to me is that at age 62, Mavis was leading a sedentary life, spending most of the time reading, writing, and knitting. She had suffered four bouts of pneumonia in five years and, as a retired nurse, she knew the antibiotics weren’t the long-term solution. Something had to change. A doctor urged her to join an early birds walking group. At age 70, encouraged by her son, she ran her first marathon! Two years later, she established a record of 4:33.05, and for the next eight years, held world’s best time for women 70 and over. And at 84 she finished the Los Angeles marathon in 6 hours 45 minutes-the fastest woman in her age category. “After I started running, I never had another cold,” she said.
Asked what his message was, Gandhi replied: “My life is my message.” This could well be said about Mavis Lindgren.
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