CCRCs pair housing with health benefits

By: By Pat Mertz Esswein and Sandra Block

When Monica Rotchford couldn’t handle the stairs in her house anymore, she knew it was time for a change. She and her husband Charles had lived there for many years, but the house just didn’t make sense for them anymore.In their 90s, the Rotchfords were still very independent and didn’t require assisted living or skilled nursing care. They decided to look into continuing... READ MORE

Taking charge of how we live as we age

By: Beth Baker

The following is adapted from the introduction to the recently published book, With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Communities As We Grow Older (2014, Vanderbilt University Press) by Beth Baker, a writer living in Takoma Park, Md. The book explores many creative housing options for older adults, from home sharing to cohousing to aging-in-place villages.Lynne Moore, a 50-something... READ MORE

New technology enables aging in place

By: Laurie Orlov and Barbara Ruben

From wireless monitoring systems to devices that call for emergency response, technology that helps older adults live at home is growing by leaps and bounds. Below are five devices that have recently gone on the market. They not only allow people to live at home longer, but let them communicate with family members quickly and easily.The GrandCare System connects via Internet and... READ MORE

The retirement community of the future

By: Sarah Bruyn Jones

With retirees increasingly worrying about outliving their savings, Friendship Retirement Community is looking to address the concern with the assistance of architecture students.The Roanoke retirement community that currently is home to nearly 900 people is in the early stages of developing a research partnership with two of Virginia’s leading architecture schools. The aim is to... READ MORE

Villages help older homeowners stay put

By: Barbara Ruben

According to many surveys, most retirees would prefer to remain in their present home in a familiar, intergenerational neighborhood rather than move to a retirement community.But what about all the chores? And how can homeowners obtain qualified healthcare and transportation when needed?One solution can be to form supportive neighborhood “villages,” where residents pool their... READ MORE

Cottages bring caregiving to the backyard

By: Anne Ball

Virginia minister Ken Dupin heard the worries over and over again from parishioners. There were older church members wondering how they could remain independent when their daily living needs increased with age, and younger members concerned about frail loved ones living on their own.So he envisioned a high-tech, fully-furnished diminutive modular home that could be placed in a... READ MORE