Most People 65 and Older Need Help, Study Finds

According to a new disability study, two-thirds of people 65 and older need help to perform what are known as the activities of daily living (showering or bathing, eating, dressing, getting out of bed or a chair, walking and using the toilet). Help can take the form of using scooters, grab bars, canes or other people to stay well-functioning. While not surprising, this large figure is significant. It should give public health experts better insight into the needs of this older group-which may …

America’s Next Great Challenge

In today’s Washington Post, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Secretary Tommy Thompson made a strong case for a constructive, national dialogue on long-term care. AARP agrees wholeheartedly. Just this week, we joined with The Hill Newspaper to hold a briefing on long-term services and supports. We convened leaders from the federal and state levels to shine a bright light on the possible solutions and innovations that are happening across the nation. >> Visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center …

The Infrastructure of Inequality

Put people first. That was a theme of the first national Walk Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-3. Unfortunately the message relayed by several participants was not encouraging. “I feel my life is worth less than nothing,” said one self-described vulnerable road user as she outlined the challenges of navigating our transportation system without a car. The Sunday before the Walk Summit, I was driving along a four-lane road in my neighborhood and was surprised to see a young man …

Planning for the Lifestyle You Want As You Age

Where we choose to live – our communities and our own homes – can have an enormous impact on our happiness, well-being and fulfillment. Through the stages of our lives, many factors affect our decisions about where we live and the kind of homes we live in. Living on your own for the first time, you might have chosen an affordable apartment near your college town or first job. Later, you may have selected a community near your job and …

Task Force for Aging in Lake Placid

The challenges we all face when thinking about aging in place are similar, but you will have different needs depending on whether you live in a city, small city, urban, suburban or rural setting.  These challenges and concerns can be exacerbated if you live in a very rural and even mountainous region.  This is unless you are fortunate enough to live in the service area of Mercy Care of the Adirondacks (my favorite place on the planet). Lake Placid and …

Greening In Place

I had the privilege of working with a great team on REMODELING’s Home for Life 2013, a virtual remodeling project featuring universal design and green remodeling principles. Although I wasn’t specifically considering aging-in-place issues in my work on the project, in retrospect, green remodeling provides many benefits for older people and those with physical disabilities, as well as the average homeowner. Retirees’ incomes are often fixed or are even declining. A high-performance home saves energy, ensuring lower utility bills, allowing …