Aging in Place Influencers of 2012 by Dr. Roden

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“New to the aging in place world (in the last few years, and truly breaking into the scene full force in 2012) is Aaron D. Murphy; he is an entrepreneur (loving father of 2 beautiful kids) and an Architect focused on Aging-In-Place and Empowering the Mature Mind. Speaker, Radio Host, Educator – PASSIONATE! Aaron has energy, the kind that’s infectious and needed for this kind of contribution. He will be an influence in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. One to watch in 2013.”

—  Dr. Patrick Roden, PhD of Gerentology, RN, Owner of

Aging In PlaceIt is such an honor to be mentioned by Dr. Roden, and in such company as these others is breathtaking, astounding, and humbling to the N-th degree.  Thank you Patrick for your notice of what we are doing, our passion, and since then your mentoring, colleague status and alignment, opening new doors to national opportunities, and for your friendship.  We’re sincerely blessed and appreciative!  Thank you kind sir.


Others on Dr. Roden’s 2012 list of “Top Influencers in 2012” include:

Aging in Place Technology

Laura Mitchell of Grandcare Systems

Laurie Orlov of

Smart Insights into Aging

Dr. HR Moody is THE leading Gerontologist in the country

Paula Span is a journalist with palpable compassion and the burden of insight.

Dr. Marion’s vision provides seniors and their caregivers with valuable education and resources for a better life.

Dr. Bill Thomas is an international authority on geriatric medicine/eldercare, The Eden Alternative and Green House Project founder.

The Business of Boomers

Mary Furlong is a force—period. Her book Turning Silver into Gold is ground-breaking and my guidepost early on in this journey.

Doug Fitzgerald of BoomerLivingNow is an educator, President and Founder of

Dr. Ken Dychtwald has been leading the way for over 35 years. Ken made it cool to be a gerontologist.

Aging in Place Home Modification CAPS

Louis Tenenbaum is the nation’s leading authority on Aging in Place, and has been for years.

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, is the Author of The ADA Companion Guide, Accessibility Specialist, Architect in Texas.

Alesha E. Churba‏; she’s a Professional Technical Educator, Program Coordinator at ISU.

The Aesthetics of Aging in Place Design

Jeffery Rosenfeld, PhD, has influenced my thinking about turning obstacles into beauty. Jeff  teaches “Design For Aging Populations,” at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.

Caregiving by Example

Gail Sheehy has done the Yeoman’s  work to raise the public consciousness on the issues of caregiving. Her book Passages in Caregiving is a personal journey that is universal in the human experience.

Patrick Henry Aylward has been called to a role he could have never envisioned; and is doing it with such grace it’s inspiring.

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