Articles on "Everyone is Aging"

Getting a Closer Look at Alzheimer
October 18, 2010 10:20 pm

Getting a Closer Look at Alzheimer

Two months ago I participated in a Virtual Dementia Tour at Arden Courts Assisted Living. The brief experience provided me with an interesting new perspective on living with this challenging disease and other “age related” disabilities like arthritis and macular degeneration. Although I have visited many communities and spent time with individuals who have dementia I was eager to immerse myself in an environment that might enable me to better reflect on these challenges.  After completing the Virtual Dementia Tour […]

Nice Ramp Dude!
September 15, 2010 2:54 pm

Nice Ramp Dude!

This weekend I moderated the Prince George’s County Annual Senior Care Symposium.  One of the speakers was Stephen Hage, founder of Strategies for Independent Living, and a pioneer in Universal Design remodeling techniques.  The photo to the left is one that Steve shared with the audience detailing what NOT to do when designing or remodeling for accessibility. We joked that this ramp was more appropriate for extreme skateboarding than for a wheelchair or even walking. Thoughtful home design and planning […]

September 1, 2010 10:50 am

Helping Soldiers With Cigar Boxes?

I was delighted to see that John Kelly of The Washington Post did a great article and video featuring Bob Schapiro, one of the subjects of my post last week about living a life with “purpose”. Bob is a curious man who doesnt let grass grow under his feet and he seems to find purpose, friends and meaningful activities easily on his own. I think its important for those of us working in this field to serve as a “guide” […]

August 9, 2010 11:39 pm

Having a Purpose is Ageless

The folks at MetLife really churn out some great research! The other day I learned that they recently released a study “How Purpose is Recession-Proof and Age-Proof” which is a follow up to last years research “Discovering What Matters” which I mentioned back in March 09 during my first move to a senior living community. You can read the details of both of these research projects at their website. For me this report is simply a reminder that above all else […]

Pretending that I have Dementia
August 2, 2010 10:47 pm

Pretending that I have Dementia

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour at Arden Courts Alzheimer’s Assisted Living in Annandale, VA.  The tour is a program created by Second Wind Dreams and administered by three Arden Courts staff members. I was joined by my colleague Marlene Zaborsky and a staff member at Arden Courts for the tour.  After a brief consultation, we moved into the community where we were “outfitted” for the tour. As you can see from my […]

Senior Living in the City!
July 12, 2010 9:48 pm

Senior Living in the City!

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced the launch of the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities. The initiative aim is to “help cities create urban environments that allow older people to remain active and healthy participants in society.” This reminded me of a story I had planned to share here a few weeks ago.  The father of a friend of mine was widowed several years ago.  Living alone, he was lonely and many people encouraged him to move to an […]

Are you looking for a
July 5, 2010 11:28 pm

Are you looking for a

The other day I learned that a senior apartment building in Northern Virginia, The Marque at Heritage Hunt  had lifted its age restriction.  I spoke with the manager last week and it seems that the primary motivator for this change centered on financing issues that made it more beneficial to make the shift a traditional apartment building. To my knowledge, this is the first community in the mid-Atlantic region to make a transition like this in my 20 year career, […]

Are you looking for a “senior living community” or a “community where seniors are living”?
July 5, 2010 11:28 pm

Are you looking for a “senior living community” or a “community where seniors are living”?

The other day I learned that a senior apartment building in Northern Virginia, The Marque at Heritage Hunt  had lifted its age restriction.  I spoke with the manager last week and it seems that the primary motivator for this change centered on financing issues that made it more beneficial to make the shift a traditional apartment building. To my knowledge, this is the first community in the mid-Atlantic region to make a transition like this in my 20 year career, […]

What does the
June 13, 2010 8:46 pm

What does the

This blog started out as a way to document my moves into senior living settings, I realized the other day that it’s evolved into sort of a checklist of what I would like to see in the place where I live. So here is a start at what I would like to see in a home: A setting that is inviting to individuals and families of all ages and abilities. An environment that encourages neighbors to help each other and […]

What does the “perfect” senior living setting look like to you?
June 13, 2010 8:46 pm

What does the “perfect” senior living setting look like to you?

This blog started out as a way to document my moves into senior living settings, I realized the other day that it’s evolved into sort of a checklist of what I would like to see in the place where I live. So here is a start at what I would like to see in a home: A setting that is inviting to individuals and families of all ages and abilities. An environment that encourages neighbors to help each other and […]