AIP Bulletin April 2012 - Helping you AIP in your home, your way.

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"Dancing is silent poetry."

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NEMDA & BraunAbility are celebrating National Mobility Awareness Month. As part of the celebration, NMEDA is giving away 3 wheelchair accessible vans: a Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Finances:  Family Matters "The Money Squeeze"

NPR's Morning Edition launched a two-month long look at multigenerational households called "Family Matters." David Green, reporter for the series, takes listeners into the lives of "three families struggling with issues of money, duty and love."

Frankline Brunson, 81 AnnaBelle Bowers,87 Ida Christian, 89

Record numbers of people are living under one roof and multigenerational households are learning how to live together. Three families are featured in "Family Matters" with a particular focus on the sandwich generation members.

The series will also look at the need for financial planning; available options options for elder care; costs of do-it-yourself care for the elderly; long-term care insurance; college costs; and reverse mortgages.

Listen: One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions

did you know...

Daily physical exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, even in people over the age of 80, according to a study published in the April 18, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Housing:  Time To Rethink Traditional Retirement Communities

Luxury villas, detached homes, one- and two-bedroom apartments built for the golden years -- and sitting empty. Is the independent living model — a standard feature at the traditional retirement community — an endangered species? It could be, unless serious changes are made to accommodate the Boomer generations, according to a recent study by Varsity Communications.

The Next Generation: Understanding What the Boomer Consumer Wants From Retirement Living, provides some surprising insights into the mind-set of Boomers as they consider retirement living options, their attitudes toward current community attributes, and what they'll be looking for in the future in terms of services, housing and design — should they choose to relocate at all.

Demand for traditional continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) is poised for growth in the coming decades as the population ages and experiences declining health. A glut of high-end independent living products built during the housing boom, decreasing real estate values, and the increasing availability of home care and "aging-in-place" have created serious census issues for many traditional communities, which are finding it increasingly difficult to sell through to the Boomer generations. These potential residents are working longer, increasingly seeking younger-feeling, more active options, or are remaining in their homes until physically unable.

Some of the study's top-level findings:

  • Many living spaces are deemed too small, too opulent, and do not provide sufficient storage

  • Technology will play a major role, as two-computer households are now commonplace

  • Transportation should be on-demand

  • Dining should not be a formal event, and must include healthy options

  • "Green" labels are met with skepticism

  • Payment options are too limited, and should include traditional mortgage or rent structures

  • Healthcare must be available, and should include memory support

"Boomers have redefined a number of consumer areas," says John Bassounas, director of client services for Varsity. "Aging and the concept of retirement itself are no exceptions. Clearly, they're not going to accept the same community where mom and dad or grandma lived, nor will they be content to sit poolside or play shuffleboard. This research showed that, while assisted living and skilled nursing will always be necessary, many communities, architects, planners and directors will have to rethink the whole idea of independent living. Understanding Boomer consumers' mind-sets, lifestyles and life stages are the best ways to plan for their impact on those products and services."

For a copy of the full report please visit:

did you know...

Despite the popular belief that Baby Boomers will continue to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65, those born in 1946 are retiring in droves, according to Transitioning into Retirement: The MetLife Study of Baby Boomers at 65.


The Medical Mirror creates a moving reflection of your body from the inside out. Data from your The Medical Mirror - click to watch or doctor's office is then mapped to this digital version of yourself, which is also accessible via your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Your medical avatar is designed to help you better understand and manage your health in the past, present, and future. This visualization of your medical records is also an interactive form of individual and collective portraiture that you can use for art, empathy, story-telling, or creative experimentation. Click here to watch The Medical Mirror Video.Mobile Lorm Glove mobile communication device for deaf/blind

Design Research Lab has developed a communication device for deaf/blind persons that translates the hand-touch alphabet 'Lorm' into text and vice versa. The Mobile Lorm Glove uses pressure sensors and a bluetooth connection. It supports mobile communications (texting, chat, email) and it enables parallel one-to-many communications. The Glove gives greater independence to deaf/blind people because they can engage and communicate people who do not know Lorm. Click here to watch a video about the Mobile Lorm Glove.

did you know...

The majority of Boomers (63%) have also started receiving Social Security benefits, and of those half started collecting before they had originally planned, while only 5% retired later than originally planned.

Campaign: Support Independent Living

Support the Campaign For Indpendent Living

The Chairs & Cares Model Accessible home is a 4600 square foot demonstration center for independent living and will be used for filming informational videos.

We invite you to join our campaign to help people find the ideas, products, services and other resources that will help them successfully live independently and age in place. The ability to live independently while managing a chronic condition from home has enormous benefits. In addition to the necessary medical equipment needed, it's important to know what types of home construction, furniture and furnishings are available to make lives as functional and comfortable as possible. And that is what this campaign is all about and we welcome your support.

Sponsored in part by:



MidState Independent Living Consultants




Lifeline Coordinating Services, Inc.

Midstate Independent Living Consultants


Enter to win a Wheelchair Accessible VanStarting this year, the month of May is recognized as National Mobility Awareness Month and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is celebrating Local Heroes all across North America.

NMEDA will be giving away a minimum of three Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles to a caregiver, veteran or person with a disability that is dealing with or overcoming mobility challenges.

To enter, submit a 2-3 minute video (or less) OR a picture and up to 400 words of text on how you are overcoming mobility challenges and why people should vote for your story. Click here for more information or to enter the contest.

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