Quote of the Month
"Dancing is silent poetry."
Simonides 556-468 b.c.
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."
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
One Roof, Three
Generations, Many Decisions
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.
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
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
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
Transportation should be on-demand
Dining should not be a formal event, and must include healthy
"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:
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
hospital 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
Design Research Lab has
developed a communication device for deaf/blind persons that
translates the hand-touch alphabet 'Lorm' into text and vice versa.
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
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
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
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.
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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