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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Insurance Forces a Deserving Client to Accept a Lesser Life

I was contacted by a Nurse Care Manager from Portland, Oregon a few months ago to meet her on site at a client’s home in my county to discuss home modifications to help improve his life at home after a severe work injury that left him missing a portion of one arm and one leg […]

EXTEND YOUR LIFE AT HOME – SAFER, HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, WEALTHIER, and LONGER

I’ve touched on this in many different ways over the last 18 months since we started EtMM as a website in early 2012.  But I felt this was a good time to summarize and get to some of the main clear points of why this is our mission statement (click for a short video on why […]

Guest Blog: Receiving Assistance without Sacrificing Independence

There’s nothing quite like the helpless feeling of watching your own self-sufficiency slip through your fingers. After all, as adults, we value our confidence, vibrancy, and self-reliance. However, it is natural that, with age, you or your loved ones may find that you need a little more assistance with things that are seemingly simple in […]

BUILDERS are Missing the A.I.P. BOAT

I spoke today at the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) for their state-wide conference in SeaTac (Seattle / Tacoma) as the keynote presenter for the 50+ forum session.  A sincere thank you to the organizers for the invitation to share our passion and message about “Aging in Place”, we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to […]

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