Assisted living for comfort, conversation

By: Carol Sorgen

Lisa Cini is one of the nation’s foremost experts on making living spaces comfortable and functional for seniors. Through Mosaic Design Studio, her firm based in Columbus, Ohio, she has been designing assisted living facilities for 25 years. Cini is also a speaker on the subjects of design, aging and technology, and has written two books — The Future is Here: Senior Living... READ MORE

As a landlord, can you ever truly retire?

By: Brian Evans

There is a major dilemma facing many older investors today. Their successes in real estate have produced a failure in quality of life. What is the problem, and is there a solution?Let’s start with the problem: a “good problem” to have. Twenty to 40 years ago, you bought rental real estate, maybe a small apartment complex or several rental houses.This can be a great... READ MORE

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: Kiplinger

“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 systems; track... 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