Aging-in-Place With A Whole New Mind

The target market is the 60-70 year old who is most receptive to Universal design and aging-in-place modifications, says Bill Owens, President of Owens Construction in Columbus, Ohio. The key is unobtrusively remodeling in a non-stigmatizing aesthetic so boomers and seniors won’t feel they are living in an institution.

As aging-in-place professionals we ask of our clients to be open to change and new ways of doing things—it should be no different for us. In these challenging economic times it takes courage to create new business opportunities, and to think with a whole new mind.

Aging in Place: No Ordinary Moments

divorce rates being the lowest since the swinging 70’s. However, the figures also show that the rate among those 65 and older has doubled since 1980; which is curious a trend for couples with typically more history together. This got me thinking about causes...

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count At Least 2 Ways

The facility is the oldest of its kind in Portland boasting an opening day in 1948. “Jim” is one of its early members (started in 1952) and continues to workout weekly. His black and white images as a randy-young-muscle-bound lad adorn the walls. My first day I was supine on the bench centering myself for a bench press when I noticed this elderly man leaning over me; he jokingly said “would you like me to put some weight on there son?” That was 6 years ago and we have been friends ever since.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Future: Faster smaller-Older slower

Speed Culture
However, at the same time the developed world gets older and slower, technology gets smaller and faster. Gleick describes in a very clear way how the technology-driven Western world with its increasing wealth and education brings a sense of tension about time. This makes us squeeze more into allotted spans. “Nobody expected that it would create the feeling that life moves too fast,” says historian Theodore Zeldin.

Mattering Scale: Listening for Optimal Aging in Place Outcomes

The GMS can be a useful tool to keep in mind when dealing with others. Not just in personal relationships, but client ones too. If you are an architect designing a universal design home, an interior designer, or a certified aging-in-place specialists doing work for aging in place, the act of listening is essential for optimal outcomes.

Inauguration Day

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
when company comes,
but I laugh,
and eat well,
and grow strong.