Articles on "Transportation for Seniors"

November 29, 2011 5:19 pm

Open Dialogue on the Transportation Needs of Older Adults

Planning for the Transportation Needs of Older Adults November 28 – December 16, 2011 From November 28 to December 16, the National Center on Senior Transportation will host an online dialogue for individuals and organizations from the aging network and transportation industry. The dialogue is an opportunity to share experiences, methods, strategies, and recommendations related to planning for the transportation needs of older adults. The dialogue will give the aging network, older adults, advocates, volunteers, policy makers, public and private […]

Is “independence” a misused term in eldercare?
July 11, 2011 7:52 pm

Is “independence” a misused term in eldercare?

Last week our nation celebrated our independence from the British superpower.  However, we achieved that independence by one of the most heroic displays of INTERdependence the world has ever seen.  We could have just as easily called July 4th INTERdependence Day! It’s my feeling that “independence” might be an overused or misused term in the business of eldercare. Several years ago a reader of Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook called me and shared that she though the term “independent living […]

When are you REALLY going to move to a retirement community?
March 9, 2011 4:25 pm

When are you REALLY going to move to a retirement community?

This was one of the questions I received last week when I was the featured guest on the Weekly GrandCare Aging/Technology Webinar.  Click here to access the webinar (please note you can let your computer buffer and fast forward to 12 minutes where my presentation begins) My response was that I hope that by the time I might “need” to move to a senior living setting that they don’t exist as we know them today.  I could (and should) begin […]

I tripped over a couple of Aging in Place solutions today!
February 14, 2011 9:23 am

I tripped over a couple of Aging in Place solutions today!

My colleague Marlene Zaborsky was telling me about how her neighborhood in Olney, Maryland coordinates the job of snow shoveling in advance of the winter snow amongst their neighbors. In addition, they also coordinate neighbors willing to take other neighbors in their homes in the summer if someone’s air conditioning goes out. She really opened my eyes to how these are two key elements that can compromise someone’s desire to “age in place”.  Last winter we had a huge storm […]

January 3, 2011 5:45 pm

A New Way for Seniors at Home to Get Groceries

Davis Hooper, a resident at Victory Forest in Silver Spring for the past four years, says reading is a great hobby and especially loves mysteries.  Since getting a computer recently, he has contacted a number of his favorite authors and found them pleasantly responsive.     Dave’s experience in the Navy during the Vietnam War generated another area he finds very interesting-  the weather.  During his four years in the military, Dave worked as a weather observer in the Navy’s […]

Canes or Walking Sticks?
September 23, 2010 10:10 am

Canes or Walking Sticks?

Bonnie Whyte, one of the extremely active volunteers with the Aging in Community efforts in Reston, VA recently returned from a trip to Switzerland.  She reported that EVERYONE seemed to be using two walking sticks (one in each hand) when hiking on walking around the villages regardless of their age.  It makes sense for safety, stability and lower stress on our joints and bodies. It eliminated the stigma of having a “cane”. I interview so many elders who seem to […]

More Baseball Players in Assisted Living!
June 28, 2010 5:02 pm

More Baseball Players in Assisted Living!

Baseball season is in full swing and it looks like my crystal ball prediction that Hollywood would jump on the story of the minor league ballplayer, Josh Faiola living in assisted living community seems to be playing out nicely. Here is my original post, and here is a link to a recent Hollywood Reporter article. Let’s hope that Hollywood shows our elders and the “senior living community” in a positive light! If not we can sick Betty White on them! I recently […]

More Baseball Players in Assisted Living!
April 19, 2010 10:37 pm

More Baseball Players in Assisted Living!

I was delighted to hear from Cindy Griffiths-Novak, my favorite assisted living operator today! Cindy shares that her assisted living community, The Belvedere Assisted Living in Westlake, Ohio will be hosting another player this year, Joel Collins, a Lake Erie Crusher’s catcher. Cindy also reports that there are now four other assisted living facilities in the area that are hosting minor league players as well. She states, “It’s a win/win for residents, families and the players!!” Let’s hope this is a trend […]

February 8, 2010 9:27 pm

Another reason urban retirement living makes sense!

Here I am in the middle of the biggest snowstorm the DC area has ever seen. It’s been a lot of fun sledding with my kids and enjoying some of the sweetest cross country skiing I have ever done. However, it’s been another reminder of how isolating the suburbs can be. My neighbors and I have collectively spent hours shoveling snow to get our vehicles out on the road. In the suburbs our cars are our lifeline to healthcare, food, […]

Just who would let a young ballplayer move into an assisted living?
November 9, 2009 11:27 pm

Just who would let a young ballplayer move into an assisted living?

I had nice conversation the other day with Cindy Griffiths-Novak the owner of The Belvedere Assisted Living, the pioneering assisted living residence that was host to a minor league baseball player this summer. I was pleased to learn the Cindy is a follower of this blog, and when I asked her if she was planning to host another ball player next season, she replied that some of our postings have inspired her to think about other people or groups that […]