Age out Loud!

May is Older Americans Month. Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate and focus on the accomplishments, the contributions, and the inspiring stories of those of us who have lived a long life. It is a time to give extra attention to the fact that growing…

Be Thankful

Do you ever get discouraged? Of course, we all do. Things don’t go our way, we suffer aches and pains or serious health problems or people let us down. There are certainly lots of things going on the country to get discouraged about. With Thanksgiving coming up this month, how…

Back to School

Although more and more schools are now starting in August, I still think of September as the time when children go back to school. After a summer of relaxation and sleeping in, it’s time to hit the books again. And while for many of us our days of formal schooling…

Are you a Planner or a procrastinator?

Are you a planner or a procrastinator? Do you view making plans to live independently in your home for years to come as smart planning or as surrender to the ravages of aging? How you answer these questions will help determine whether your actions will lead to a greater possibility…

Thoughts for the New Year

As we begin another New Year, I’d like to take a moment to think about what we would like to accomplish in the coming year. I would like to see this be the year that planning ahead to have a home for a lifetime begins to be perceived as wisdom…

Second Annual Aging in Place Symposium

Each day that passes in this country there are ten thousand people turning sixty five and three thousand people turning eighty five. The segment of the population over eighty five is the fastest growing demographic. The number of people over sixty five will double by 2030 from 2000 numbers. The…

Retirement Begins at Home

For most of us, our homes represent the largest single investment we will ever make. As we look towards retirement, making sure that our homes provide a good return on our investment is smart planning. This is true not only from a financial perspective but also in the sense that…

Planning for the Future

We don’t like the word old. We also don’t like the words elderly, senior, “getting on in years”, aged, “no spring chicken”, older, “not getting any younger”, etc. You get the idea. The value of youth is extolled, while the value of old age is scorned. Nobody wants to admit…

Retirement Planning Starts at Home

Over the last few months, I have become increasingly aware of a phenomenon that puzzles me. It has been there all along, that is, since I have been helping people live safely and comfortably in the home of their choice. I have written about it before in this column (See…

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