Why older patients resist help at home

By: Judith Graham

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.So the social worker canceled an order for home healthcare services. And the patient went back to his apartment without plans for follow-up care in place.When... READ MORE

Ways to use your house for extra income

By: Anya Kamenetz

People over 65 average $150,000 in home equity, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.That amount dwarfs the rest of their assets combined.This generation of retirees is facing the decline of traditional pensions, while the 401(k)s that replace them are less generous and more uncertain.So the case for employing one’s home as a source of retirement income... READ MORE

New technologies to improve your health

By: Sandrzej

“Connected” health technology is a godsend for people who want to grow old in their homes and retain their independence. According to an industry report by MarketResearch.com, the market for connected “smart sensors” is expected to reach $117 billion by 2020.Health tech lets users get help in an emergency with mobile medic alert-like personal emergency response... READ MORE

Robotic companion can make life easier

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Those who live alone and need some assistance to continue aging in place may get by with a little help from a friend — a cute white and blue robot named Rudy.INF Robotics, based in Fairfax, Virginia, has spent the last six years building Rudy specifically to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities with a range of tasks, and to serve as a sentinel in case of falls.Rudy,... READ MORE

CCRCs update services to attract boomers

By: Jennifer L. Waldera

Residents of Broadmead relax outdoors on the community's 94-acre campus in Hunt Valley. Broadmead brands itself as a "dynamic lifestyle community," a shift from the term continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that similar facilities use, to help appeal to active baby boomers. Some other CCRCs now refer to themselves as Life Plan Communities.Photo Courtesy of BroadmeadBaby ... READ MORE

Features that help sell your home faster

By: Andrea Browne Taylor

Homeowners are sometimes hesitant to upgrade when it’s time to sell. After all, you won’t be living there much longer, and home remodeling efforts only increase home values by 64 percent of the average project’s costs, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value report.But think again, sellers. The cost of inaction can be far greater than the small loss... READ MORE