Are you a Planner or a procrastinator?

Are you a planner or a procrastinator? Do you view making plans to live independently in your home for years to come as smart planning or as surrender to the ravages of aging? How you answer these questions will help determine whether your actions will lead to a greater possibility…

Thoughts for the New Year

As we begin another New Year, I’d like to take a moment to think about what we would like to accomplish in the coming year. I would like to see this be the year that planning ahead to have a home for a lifetime begins to be perceived as wisdom…

Second Annual Aging in Place Symposium

Each day that passes in this country there are ten thousand people turning sixty five and three thousand people turning eighty five. The segment of the population over eighty five is the fastest growing demographic. The number of people over sixty five will double by 2030 from 2000 numbers. The…

Retirement Begins at Home

For most of us, our homes represent the largest single investment we will ever make. As we look towards retirement, making sure that our homes provide a good return on our investment is smart planning. This is true not only from a financial perspective but also in the sense that…

Planning for the Future

We don’t like the word old. We also don’t like the words elderly, senior, “getting on in years”, aged, “no spring chicken”, older, “not getting any younger”, etc. You get the idea. The value of youth is extolled, while the value of old age is scorned. Nobody wants to admit…

Retirement Planning Starts at Home

Over the last few months, I have become increasingly aware of a phenomenon that puzzles me. It has been there all along, that is, since I have been helping people live safely and comfortably in the home of their choice. I have written about it before in this column (See…

Enjoying the Outdoors

With the summer weather, people are spending more time outdoors. When you are planning an outdoor space, whether it is a deck, a patio, a garden, or even a pool, use Universal Design principles to create outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone. Start with zero step entries from…

Stay on Your Feet

Housing Matters has always been about promoting independence. We talk about ways to safely and comfortably live independently in our homes throughout the course of our lives. One of the leading causes of losing ones independence is certainly falls. Oftentimes when an older adult falls it is the beginning of…

Sandwich Generation

In the last week and a half I have attended two caregiver conferences. Both of these conferences were presented primarily for family caregivers. The statistics are staggering. There are over one million family caregivers in Virginia, providing over one billion hours of unpaid care per year. Many of these caregivers…

The True Meaning of Christmas

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” These words from the 1822 poem titled A Visit from St. Nicholas but known by most as The Night before Christmas bring to mind memories of good food, fellowship and family gatherings with bright eyed children. Although people have many…

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