Universal Design

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m SEXY and I FUNCTION?

If you’ve watched a football game in the last two years, you’ve seen the M&M commercials with the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” as the backdrop to the boy piece of candy dancing at a party, and trying to get the attention of the ladies.  (It’s pretty darn funny, you should watch it […]

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