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14 Senior Tech Ease Ideas from AIP Experts

The most efficient way to lower long-term care costs is to remain at home and to delay nursing home placement. People can stay in their homes using home and community-based services. What cost-effective means will keep them safe and independent? We think it’s technology. But which ones? Here are 14 technologies seniors should use to […]

Japan: Ahead of the U.S. for “Aging in Place”

First of all, let me just say that I’m sincerely sorry to our readers and subscribers for my blogging absence the last few months.  Ever since I went to Japan in October, I’ve been slammed at my Architecture firm (and that’s a good thing after the last 6 years of “recession”).  But enough about that, […]

Is “Visitable” the New “SEX” in Housing?

Well it SELLS, doesn’t it?  We all know the advertising and marketing mantra “sex sells”.  Some statistics say that 20% of ALL advertising is selling S-E-X nowadays, including everything from vegetable oil, hamburgers, and even internet access.  (see the link above, but at your own discretion… there’s some racy stuff in those ads!) So if […]

Experiencing 65, as a 40 year old – The AGING SUIT

Last week I went into Seattle to the Abodian showroom.  I was invited, as an “Aging in Place Specialist” to come in and try on their rented “AGE Exploration Suit” as part of a presentation on learning more about Aging in Place and Universal Design features of their industry’s leading-edge technology, in cabinetry and storage solutions […]

The Value of “Growing Up Fisher”

I’ve been getting home about 9pm on Tuesday nights from work, due to some architectural deadlines the past 8 weeks.  I walk in the door and flip on the TV for some decompression time.  I’ve been pulled in by a cute family show on NBC that is new to their network lineup – “Growing Up […]

Austin votes for “sticks” vs. “carrots” with Zero-Step Ordinance

In a 6-1 vote this week, the Austin city council passed an ordinance that moves them one step toward the “age friendly” & “inclusive” world of new home construction.  But for all the passion and belief I have in this movement, I’m not sure this was the right decision for the city to make.  They will […]

Guest Blog: Putting the “Win” Back in Winter (at ANY AGE)

Winter months can be hard to weather (pun slightly intended) regardless of age; often, the days are short and the temperatures are at their lowest.  Thanks to these and various other seasonal factors, staying cooped up indoors is often the answer.  However, with a little bit of planning, this seasonal slump can be trumped. Craft […]

WHY Didn’t we do this SOONER? (Aging in Place)

I took my children on the three hour drive from Seattle to visit my parents and our extended family for Thanksgiving in the Portland/Vancouver area last week.  We had a wonderful dinner and event with 25 people in the extended Murphy family, and the kids – as always – had a great time with their […]

Bob Vila “Misses the Mark” on RLTV for 50+

Mr. Bob Vila is a clearly established “GURU” on home improvement networks around the world.  He’s been at this home-improvement task for a very long time, and has plenty of credibility for the mastery of his craft – no one would argue that point.  The reason for my writing is more precise than that.  Today […]

Guest Blog: Choosing Between Assisted Living and In-Home Care

When a senior is no longer able to live independently, the individual and his or her family must make some big decisions. And one of the biggest? Choosing the best way to get the individual the assistance and support that he or she requires for day-to-day living. For many families, this boils down to three […]

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