Home & Family blogger

Patti Shea, an AARP Social Media manager, loves baseball, beagles and Mel Brooks movies. She grew up in L.A. and now cares for her parents in Florida.

Universal Design: What Is It and Why You Should Care

ST. LOUIS — I’ve spent the past two days here attending a conference dedicated solely to Universal Design. Una-what? In spite of what it sounds like, Universal Design isn’t a Carl Saganese approach to designing the cosmos. The definition of Universal Design, some shorten it to UD, is a process of designing spaces — cities, streets, buildings, homes, rooms – “that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation,” according to Edward …

AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center Just Went Mobile

Caring for yourself, your parents or a loved one just a whole lot easier. We’ve put our Caregiving Resource Center from our website into our AARP iPad app so you can have all the housing options, legal and respite care information you need at your fingertips. Join the discussion: Caregivers – Challenges and Advice How do you get it? Easy! Grab your iPad and click here>> App Store for AARP. Download (psst, it’s FREE!). The first square you see in the …

What Do You Do When Your Neighbor Has Dementia and Is a Hoarder?

I called the city on my neighbors and I still feel horrible about it. Let me give you the backstory: I’m a full-time caregiver for my parents, who live with me in Tallahassee, Fla. We live in a very quiet neighborhood full of houses built in the early 1980s. The homes are spacious, yards are well manicured and everyone waves at everyone when they pass by. Most of my neighbors are the original owners, including my next door neighbors, Jack …

Future Housing Market Depending on Boomers

LAS VEGAS – The National Association of Home Builders says the future housing market will depend heavily on baby boomers. Paul Emrath, vice president of survey and housing policy research for NAHB, expects the number of single-family housing starts in 55+ communities to increase 22 percent this year and an additional 20 percent in 2014. This demographic will also contribute to 50 percent of all multi-family housing starts in 2014. “We expect to see an increased demand for 55+ housing as …

3 Things to Add to Your House Today

LAS VEGAS – Spending a day on the floor at the NAHB International Builders’ Show is like Disneyland for homeowners. If only I could afford the remote controlled sliding glass door that I can open with my iPad so I don’t have to get off the sofa when the dogs want in. <sighs> However, I did manage to talk to some great vendors who have the aging in mind. As a family caregiver, I was keeping an eye out for …

Why Is AARP at the Consumer Electronics Show?

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Bob Stephen, head of AARP’s Home & Family portfolio, which focuses on caregiving and home technology. Bob will speak at CES this year.  At AARP we know that family is a key driver of happiness for the 50-plus population and 9 of 10 Americans who are 50 or older want to stay in their home or community.  These facts are among those that drive what we look to achieve – and …