Why This City Has Outlawed Doorknobs

The Sun Is Setting on the Humble Doorknob. That’s the Vancouver Sun headline describing the city’s new building code, which will soon outlaw twisty doorknobs  – and traditional faucet handles, too - in new construction. The paper takes the positive view that, far from being banished, doorknobs are being “legislatively upgraded to levers more conducive to the arthritic, gnarled or weakened hands we earn with age.” >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter That sounds like a promising development. AARP has …

Tech Companies Should Lead Effort to Expand Broadband Access for Older Adults

  As broadband adoption levels off, the older adult population loses.  The flurry of interest in getting older adults online seems to be fizzling – unfortunately, before they are all online. Occasionally there is some excitement here and there, for example, the Google fiber project in Kansas City, but overall, the National Broadband plan seems tired, adoption has leveled off.  That is unfortunate – since only 45% of the 65+ have subscribed. Cynicism is up, though. Folks appear to be …

Aging At Home, With The Help Of Technology

Some call it the “bonus years,” others call it a challenge.  Either way, we’re living longer lives (in 1900, the average life expectancy was about 47…now it’s about 78) and more than ever we want to remain active, healthy and most importantly independent . And for most, that means one thing: AARP research indicates 9 out of 10 people want to stay in their own homes as they age. With retirement lasting as much as 20, 30 or even 40 …