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Aging in Place

How To Successfully Downsize Without A Family Feud

Rachel Adelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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.

Why We Need Age-Friendly Communities

John Feather, PhD | Posted 06.24.2013 | Good News
John Feather, PhD

Welcome to the age-friendly movement -- a fast-growing, interdisciplinary approach to community development that strives to promote aging in place and make communities great places to grow up and grow old.

10 Ways To Downsize Without Stress

Cari Shane | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty
Cari Shane

"Don't feel you have to do it all in a day. Seeing one cleaned out room is a powerful motivator to break free from the past!"

What We Can Learn About Aging in Place from Jurassic Park

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Because Jurassic Park was designed for accessibility, its door handles were long levers of the type recommended by design experts and people like me. Those doors had long, lovely user-friendly handles... easily manipulated by, in this case, hungry Velociraptors.

Building A Multigenerational Home: What You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty

More than 51 million families in America live in multigenerational homes, which has more people considering adding on to their homes to make room for ...

Do You Live In An Age-Friendly Community?

Next Avenue | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Donna Sapolin There’s an urgent need to ready our cities and villages for the age boom -- and New York is among th...

What Does A Multigenerational Home Look Like?

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty

It's a reality more families -- more than 51 million Americans -- find themselves dealing with: life in a multigenerational home, or a household with ...

When 'Aging at Home' Isn't the Answer

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

This is going to sound really odd coming from someone with a book about aging at home, but sometimes, aging at home is not the answer.