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Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Tips for downsizing seniors Many Americans are making the decision to downsize, whether it be moving to a smaller home or getting rid of excess stuff. While this is an excellent stride toward living more simply, it may pose specific challenges for seniors. Giving up items and moving away from familiar surroundings can be quite […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Blog: Tips to Keep Your Hearing Aid in Good Health

So you’ve got yourself a brand spanking new hearing aid, and life is good again – you can hear the giggles of a newborn, the chorus of the sparrows in the morning, and the guitar solo on your very favourite song. All is well with the world. And you want it to stay that way, […]

Multi-Generational Housing is Multi-Beneficial

I love the fact that my own 6 and 8 year old have been able to get to know and spend some quality time with MY grandfather, who turned 93 last month.  I’m so blessed that Carl has been such a vibrant and alive human being for so long.  I love the photos and memories […]

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