Aging in Place Influencers 2016 (prt2)

Influence may be the highest level of human skills.

~Author Unknown


Aging in Place

For several years now I’ve made it a priority to acknowledge the individuals who have influenced me over the year, or who are up-and-coming in the field of environmental gerontology/aging in place. This is part 2 of the post; get to know these individuals and follow what they do. They may not be on the list of the media giants, but working behind the scenes, they are making a difference in their communities and beyond. Each is working diligently at being part of the solution–and making the world a better place to grow older.


2016 Aging in Place Influencers


~Judi Bonilla

“The timing of my layoff was inconvenient. It was also the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Aging Expert | Author | Gerontologist | Podcaster | Social Media Influencer | ASA & SXSW Speaker |

Judi is a prolific tweeter! I always get solid content that is relevant and actionable. Her book, Freewheeling after Sixty(Link) takes on one of the key issues facing boomers and their parents; aging and driving. She is one to follow and I look forward to more contributions from her in the coming year.

Advocates For Aging Press

This is a book for anyone age sixty and over who has cancelled plans or declined an invitation because they didn’t want to drive at night, during rush hour, or were concerned about finding a parking space.
Readers of this book will learn what they can start today to improve their driving skills, and learn how to stay active over a lifetime with or without car keys.

~John Tarnoff

“Over the course of my 40 year career, I have been fired 39% of the time.”

John is a Reinvention Career Coach who is working to Extend Your Career Beyond Traditional Retirement and Discover Greater Success in Your Second Act.

His work is on trend and needed now more than ever, as he tackles the issue of our time; reinvention. He’s intent on making the “Longevity Dividend” (living longer = more contribution to the greater good) fully realized for all of us. With the advent of longevity, robots, technology, and global competition, boomers need to embrace “learn-unlearn-relearn”; John can help.

His 5 Steps to Reinvention:

  • Free yourself from limiting ideas and beliefs that are holding you back.
  • Collect valuable feedback to find your direction and build your confidence.
  • Reconcile old, outdated issues that are getting in the way of your goals.
  • Discover, nurture and cultivate the sustainable career calling where you can truly shine.
  • Land that new job, or start that new business, building key relationships and an active network.

See John on TED

~Old Dog Haven

“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.”

~Sydney Jeanne Seward

One of my deep concerns with aging in place is not about humans, but rather, the pets who are displaced when a senior gets institutionalized. This tugs at my heart…Aging is a time of multiple losses, and in a society that often doesn’t value the aged this can be disheartening for man and beast alike. ODH is helping to ease the “transfer trauma” for pets and humans. I’ve been impressed with the commitment to making the lives of old dogs better. Please support them, and the many other organizations like ODH in the work that they do. Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, caring for over 250 dogs in our network of foster homes, with the goal of rehab and adoption for senior dogs.

Be an ODH Home

Location:  Arlington, WA, USA

About ODH

Old Dog Haven is a small nonprofit group using a large network of foster homes to provide a loving safe home for abandoned senior dogs. When we have room and the means, we take these dogs into our homes.  We adopt out those dogs with a reasonable life-expectancy. We care for the rest in permanent foster home (what we call “Final Refuge”) for as long as they have good quality of life. In addition, we try to assist owners in finding new homes for their senior dogs through our website and referrals.

Our Mission

The mission of Old Dog Haven is to provide loving safe homes for senior dogs, age 8 and up, who have been abandoned or will become homeless at this stage of their lives. This may include:

  • Taking the older dogs into our homes and caring for them as members of the family as long as they have good quality of life, with preference to the oldest dogs including hospice situations;
  • Taking dogs with a reasonable life-expectancy into temporary foster homes and adopting them into a permanent home with people who will devote themselves to the dog;
  • Assisting owners in placing their senior dog into an appropriate new home, without asking for compensation.

We intend to keep these dogs as healthy and comfortable as possible by providing excellent veterinary care, without heroic measures intended only to extend life.

We are committed to helping these dogs find peace in their last years, regardless of our judgment of the humans who have left them.

Website: ODH

~Friends of the Elderly

“Giving older people the opportunity to live fulfilled and respected lives.”

In the UK is an extraordinary organization taking head-on, the issue of isolation of seniors. Steve Allen is the CEO and his credo for aging is this:

When I am in my 80s I want to be able to continue to walk for miles and hear, see, feel and recognize the changing seasons around me.”

Organizations like Friends of the Elderly are supporting aging in place by making the concept less lonely by creating community where there was none. A cup of tea is where the mission begins and to look at their photos it looks simply life-affirming for everyone involved. I say well done–CHEERS!!

Vision and mission

Our Vision

We aspire to a society where all older people are treated with respect and have the opportunity to live fulfilled lives.

Our Mission

We will support older people especially those in need due to physical or mental frailty, isolation or poverty.

We will do this by providing high quality caring services, personalized to the needs of the individual and integrated with local communities.


We will seek at all times to carry out our Mission in line with our stated values.

We believe in:

  • The unique worth of each person at all times
  • The rights of each older person to the resources necessary to maintain a decent quality of life
  • The importance of holistic care and support
  • The value of community interaction
  • A consistently professional approach
  • Valuing people’s passion and skills

Video:Friends Open Doors 

~Gloria Wilson aka “GrandmaonDeck”

Recent Tweet: “I am most grateful 4 each day because I am experiencing, love ,music, beautiful light displays, friendship and good food at home.”

Gloria is someone I follow on Twitter. She is consistent, and has a take on life that’s positively inspiring. Many of her painting are sold on ETSY and she donates a percentage to causes. To me, she embodies the New Senior, engaged, social media savvy, a contributor, and is successfully aging in place.

She is a Florida Artist transplant now in the beautiful state of Tennessee. Her collection of notecards are prints of lovely work. The mediums she uses are acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink with watercolor wash, and colored pencils. I look forward to her daily tweets and learn by her example, how to age well.


Thank you all my 2016 Aging in Place Influncers. Each of you, in your own unique ways, are helping to transform the landscape of aging; making the process better for all of us.

Happy New Year!



If you have never heard this, do yourself a favor and take the few minutes to listen (the spirit of Christmas awakes):  John Henry Faulk’s Christmas Story