Community Design for Aging

Guest Blog: Coming to Terms With Disability and Setting New Goals to Strengthen the Mind

Whether it comes by disease, accident, or simply through time, the process of accepting a serious physical disability is one of the most difficult transitions anyone can make in their life. For some people, being forced to adjust to a more sedentary lifestyle is the end of the line and they end up spending a […]

Standing the Test of TIME for your future A.I.P. Clients

We’ve all heard the term “holding power”.  It has many other slants, angles, and terminology as well.  “Stay-with-it-ness” and “Stick-to-it-iveness”- those are a couple of my personal favorites.  I know as a licensed architect, this can be a challenge when it comes to personal branding, exposure, prospecting, and networking time.  You have to be filling […]

The Challenge of “Selling to an Ostrich” – Aging in Place

There are days I’m sure, just like I do, that you ask yourself “Is this all worth it?” and “Can I really make a difference” as a business owner and an entrepreneur.  I get it, trust me, I do.  But I’m so passionate about my belief in the VALUE and OPPORTUNITY that successful Aging-in-Place can […]

Attunement is KEY to Serving Clients for “Aging in Place”

I read an excellent book by Mr. Daniel Pink this year, titled “DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”.  It was quite enlightening in regards to what makes people WANT to TAKE ACTION – what motivates them.  I saw this as completely applicable to the challenge of educating a nation about “Aging in Place” […]

A.I.P. ain’t just D.I.Y. – It’s NOT That SIMPLE

First of all, I’d simply like to say that I’m flattered and honored that someone from the complete other side of the country has contacted us here at EtMM in the Seattle area with a question about Aging-in-Place.  I’m pleased to see that our message is spreading, and that we are “find-able” when folks are […]

Big Box Aging-In-Place – Amplifying the Message!

I had a colleague share a URL with me by email this week, which took me to a web page for Lowe’s touting products for better accessibility and Universal Design.  My initial reaction was a mixed bag of feelings, but upon further reflection I find myself more excited about this when I compare the pros […]

Assisted Living $4,500/month, T.P. NOT INCLUDED!?

I overheard a tough discussion last week.  A friend of mine was talking on the phone to her best girlfriend, and listening as her girlfriend (let’s call her Tara) described the horrific challenges she was dealing with in relation to her mother and the recent onset of dementia symptoms.  The symptoms, issues, and public occurrences […]

TRANSPORTATION and LOCATION, the Keys to SURVIVAL in an Aging America

There’s a great short video series out by AARP discussing “The Future of HOME Sweet HOME”, with one episode addressing the housing portion, and another addressing transportation.  I appreciate both messages in the videos, and I regularly address the home portion of “Aging-In-Place” in our own blogs. Today I want to focus more OUTSIDE the […]

Selling ADAPTABLE for Future Aging-In-Place ACCESSIBLE

I just read a very good article today touting the “how to” of selling Universal Design.  The first professional that was quoted was the highly recognized Mr. Louis Tenenbaum, author of MetLife Mature Market Institute paper “Aging In Place 2.0 – Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge”.  I had the great pleasure of sharing the […]

Moore Devastation leads to MORE Questions about Pro-Active Planning and Housing Design

In the wake of the horrific images coming out this evening from the areas around the city of Moore, Oklahoma, we have many questions.  It’s to be expected that we mourn, reflect, and consider what could have been different.  It’s also normal that we think long and hard about how we could do anything to […]

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