Thriving in the Middle

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Last week I taught CAPS in the Albany, NY area.  One of the attendees, Kathleen Cleary, a Certified Senior Advisor, has an interesting and helpful business, Thriving in the Middle.  This business name refers to the concept “sandwich generation” describing adults (typically women) caring for their own families while simultaneously caring for their aging parents, […]

2012 Remodeling Show

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This was my first time attending the Remodeling Show and I was very impressed at how well organized it was.  A pleasure as both a speaker and attendee! I co-presented a seminar “Technology for Aging in Place:  Understand Their Needs, Expand Your Business” with my colleague, Debra Young, an Occupational Therapist, who owns EmpowerAbility. The […]

Learning from “Life’s Lessons”

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“Older people are the most credible experts available to us on how to live well through difficult times.”   -Dr. Karl Pillemer Earlier this week I was fortunate to attend a special presentation about the book and project, Life’s Lessons.  I had the pleasure of working on this project several years ago, under one of my […]

Aging & Independence book praised by NY Times

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NY Times Blog reviews and praises Independent for Life, a collaborative book project I had the pleasure to participate in, under the leadership of the Honorable Henry Cisneros.  Good readings for university course, widens the perspective of those working with seniors across all disciplines, and informative for seniors and their families.  Have you read the […]

Accessible Bathing & Beyond!

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I spent last week in beautiful Boise Idaho as a consultant to Best Bath Systems.  Best Bath brought  me out to teach CAPS and to give a seminar to nearly 40 of their residential dealers from across the country. Best Bath has been providing accessible bathing solutions for over forty years.  Owner and founder Gary […]

Terrific Website on Universal Design, Aging in Place, Accessible Design

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At the International Builders Show (IBS ’12) this past February, I met a lovely young woman named Monika Weiss.  She has developed an amazing website, A Friendly House, dedicated to design which removes barriers to functioning in thoughtful and beautiful ways.  There are many photos of projects in their “Gallery”, and there are reviews of […]

Ramp Movement Highlights Universal Design

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“When a physically challenged person is lifted from a wheelchair because there is no other way to facilitate his mobility in the absence of a ramp, I can’t help but think, ‘What a beautiful way to hurt an individual’s self esteem’,” says Tanzeela Khan, 21, a wheelchair user herself. This is an excerpt from an […]