New technology enables aging in place

By: Laurie Orlov and Barbara Ruben
Posted on: April 23, 2012

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
Posted on: April 23, 2012

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
Posted on: July 01, 2011

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
Posted on: July 01, 2011

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

What’s a ‘continuing care’ community?

By: Jane Bennett Clark
Posted on: July 01, 2011

It’s an intriguing but tricky sell: Leave your home and neighborhood while you’re still relatively healthy and move to a retirement community that offers a range of housing, country-club-style amenities and access to future care.To pay for your new setting, called a continuing care retirement community (or CCRC), you fork over a hefty entrance fee, stiff monthly fees or both.... READ MORE

Caregiving from a distance? Plan ahead

By: Christopher J. Gearon
Posted on: June 17, 2011

Visiting her mother a little more than a year ago, Ann Hofkin confronted a harsh reality: The 84-year-old was slipping. Checks weren’t cashed, the cat’s litter box was dirty, and there wasn’t much food in the refrigerator. The usually tidy home was in disarray.Hofkin’s mother also seemed depressed. She had little interest in eating. “I was concerned that she... READ MORE