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AIP Bulletin April 2011
Age in Place at home - it's
where you want to be.
Quote of the Month
think you've seen the last of everything."
A Smart Home Needs
A Smart Toilet
There are toilets and then there are toilets. And then, there are
TOILETS. After that there are Numis. This is something you
think to yourself "exactly why do I need an MP3 player
connection, FM radio and foot warmer with my toilet?" And the
answer is you don't. But....
The new foot-warming, MP3
playing, hi-tech bidet toilet from Kohler.
But, what if you did have that and more? Like automatic seat
opener (seat's heated of course), integrated bidet and air dryer,
(yes, lighting!), touch screen remote control and dual-flush
technology. Although we may not understand "why" all these features
are needed, we're pretty certain once you've tried it you'll
probably wonder how you ever lived without them!
The Kohler Numi retails for about $6000.
here (or on the image) to watch a video of the Numi in action.
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went to visit my 96 years of
fabulous-living mom. Of course we talked about age in place related
stuff (she lives alone in her own home) and some things that we
could do while we were there to make it safer for her.
One day we were sitting in the kitchen, yacking it up, when her
personal emergency response system (PERS) went off and did a
required system check among other things. Scared the living heck out
us! If you have ever heard one go off you know what I mean. It's like an
air raid drill alert.
When we calmed down that triggered a discussion about PERs. We
recommended that she switch to one of the new generation of PERS a
GPS/Cellular System that would allow her to be protected away from
She chose the Mobile Help System that works
anywhere a cell phone on the AT+T network works. That means in the
car, (yes, she drives...too fast. But that's another story.) in the
store, (she does her own shopping) church, theater - you get the
The super neat thing is it operates just like her old system when
she's at home. When she leaves the house she just takes the Voice Help button with
her and she's covered. No matter where she is the GPS satellite
technology can pinpoint her location so the
emergency response center can send help should she need it.
Check out this site
http://www.mobilehelpsys.com/. Disclaimer: we do not sell or
endorse this product at this time.
Meres 'Mack' McCarroll
A Towel Folding Robot
As most of our readers know AIPatHome.com is fascinated with the
development of robots that could one day help people age in place.
This one is fun and has potential!
U.C. Berkeley researchers programmed a PR2, an
advanced robot developed by Willow Garage, to
Click here or on the image to watch the robot folding towels.
Age in Place, Ugh!
Some of the responses we've had regarding finding a replacement for the term "aging in place":
I agree, although I don't have a solution, I think we should include a reference to 'Lifestyles'.
Good news for Kindle users: Kindle Library Lending,
scheduled to launch later this year, will allow customers to borrow
Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S.
Steve Onge R.I. Kitchen & Baths
Something more like .... Comprehensive Design.
Loucindy Weitzman, Pelton's Home Health Care Center
Life time living, or life-span homes, or universal living, or universal home.
Diana Sullivan, Independence First
Do you have a better way to describe people who want to live in their own home for as
long as possible?
Drop us an email or
click here if you like to fill out forms (you'll need to scroll
down the page a bit for the form).
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Your rants, raves, suggestions and stories are always
welcome...especially the raves!Seriously, tell us what
we can do to help you age-in-place, in your home, your way.
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