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Aging in Place

Why More Americans Need to Talk About Death

Hilary Young | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

Aging at Home: Does It Have to Be an Uphill Climb?

Eric McAfee | Posted 06.10.2014 | Detroit
Eric McAfee

The widespread proliferation of extended care facilities, senior communities, and the younger "active adult" subdivisions is evidence that a sizable portion of the population is demanding a residential typology that scarcely existed years ago.

Aging at Home? Be the Host With the Most (Visitability)

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

We all like to be good hosts, and yet our spaces can create an uncomfortable disconnect between our desire and our ability to make people feel at home. So look at your home through the eyes of visitors, and press for change as well.

Interdependence: The Real Secret of Aging at Home

Rachel Adelson | Posted 05.15.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Often, people say they want to age in place because they know where their friends are, their support team (from doctors to hairdressers and mechanics), their shops and shopkeepers and of course, their family members and friends. But nothing stays the same forever.

Aging at Home: How Your Social Life Keeps You Healthy

Rachel Adelson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

The numbers are coming in about a rising problem with social connectedness among older adults. It's not about their social status, as it might have been in younger years. Rather, it's about how entrenched they are in robust social networks.

Aging at Home: Will You Be Lonely?

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Most people say they want to age at home, but there's a funny thing about that. Although folks want to stay in familiar surroundings to be near friends and family, too many people as they get older find themselves stranded in their own neighborhoods, suffering from a shrinking social network.

How To Successfully Downsize Without A Family Feud

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.05.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

People should be tolerant and strive for a balance between those who want to throw out everything and those who need to deliberate over the many decisions involved, relishing family stories and preserving family history.

Downsizing Is Just A 3-Step Program

Rachel Adelson | Posted 05.17.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Many of us have to acknowledge that we have more than we'll ever use before we can think about paring down what we own. "That realization, that we can live our lives with much less than what we have is the first step in being able to downsize."

Downsizing? Unclutter Your Feelings First

Rachel Adelson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

"Some items have special sentimental meaning; perhaps they represent unfinished business or an unfulfilled dream of some kind. That can make letting go of certain objects really hard to do."

Independence: Why People Adapt Their Homes for Aging

Rachel Adelson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Too often, it appears, people make needed home modifications only after a health crisis - a crisis that might have been prevented by something as simple as a well-placed grab bar, better lighting or a floor free of scatter rugs.

10 Easy Resolutions for Healthy Aging at Home

Rachel Adelson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

As you look ahead to 2014, do you wonder what you or your parents might need in the year ahead to stay safe, healthy and independent at home?

Simple Changes for Making a Home Senior-Friendly

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.16.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are lots of small adjustments and simple modifications you can do to make your home safer and livable as you age that are very inexpensive or completely free. Here are several to consider.

Savvy Stocking Stuffers for Aging at Home

Rachel Adelson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Figuring out your holiday gifts? Little things can make a big difference for older relatives and friends who are trying to stay safe and independent.

This Could Be The #1 Feature In Your Retirement Home Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.09.2013 | Fifty

Home builders and designers are looking down the road at what midlifers might want in their future retirement homes. And they may have hit the porcela...

8 Things Your City Should Be Doing To Help You Age Well

Next Avenue | Jason Kane | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jason Kane This article first appeared on the PBS NewsHour website. It felt like a bad joke — worse than the...

Floored! Your Expert Guide to Buying Safer Flooring

Rachel Adelson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

The United States and Canada are setting new safety standards for flooring, but consumers need to go out and demand that manufacturers test and label their products.

Floored! Care and Cleaning Tips from 'Falls Aren't Funny' Author Russ Kendzior (Part 2 of 3)

Rachel Adelson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Like most people working in the field of safety, I don't want to argue with people but rather inform them -- to persuade them about the trade-offs they make about appearance versus safety.

Floored! Safety Tips From Falls Aren't Funny Author Russ Kendzior

Rachel Adelson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Falls aren't just bad luck or fate, though we'd sure like to see it that way. By changing our surroundings to lower the odds of a fall, we can make our luck. Good luck.

Decoration Day: Interior Design for Aging in Place (Part 2)

Rachel Adelson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Planning earlier allows a person to implement modifications in a more thoughtful and strategic way, which leads to a better redesign with minimal stress and cost.

Using Interior Design To Help Those Aging At Home

Rachel Adelson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

What do pillows and drapes have in common with grab bars and roll-in showers? In the world of interior design, plenty: They all help make a home more comfortable, even safer. As more people age at home, designers are starting to respond -- and, though they might not see themselves this way, they are becoming important contributors to public health and safety.

The Importance of Ensuring Older Adult Financial Security

John Taylor | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
John Taylor

After the irresponsible lending and nefarious practices that led to the crash of the economy and the housing crisis, it is the moral responsibility of financial institutions and regulators to right the ship and do right by older adults, and indeed by all consumers.

Will Retirement Stress You Out?

U.S. News And World Report | DAVE BERNARD | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty

Many people think they will no longer have stress in retirement. Safely crossing the finish line into retired life is the end goal of years spent work...

Death to Scatter Rugs! Why Do We Adore Our (Dangerous) Floor Décor?

Rachel Adelson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

If throw rugs symbolize carefree independence, then accepting the need to remove them means accepting that balance is getting shakier, bones are getting brittle, our feet are less sensitive to touch and we need to be a bit more cautious.

Aging at Home? To Take It in Stride, Play Footsie!

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

May brings awareness of three important medical conditions that can involve the feet and are associated with age: arthritis (National Arthritis Awareness Month), osteoporosis (National Osteoporosis Awareness Month), and neuropathy, which often stems from diabetes.