AGING-IN-PALACE
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The Evolving Home



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3 QUESTIONS
4 WAYS TO BEGIN

Home Interiors and Design       Remodeling   Downsizing      Making a Home Post-50




There are any number of good choices when it comes to designing a comfortable "Feathered-Nest" - now - and for years to come.  Bottom line: Ask yourself this. Are you ready, willing and able to plan and prepare to go for "sustainable excellence" and independence at home?  


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CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY



Would it make sense to control your own destiny, have the things you need in daily life, while maintaining your independence and quality of life?

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Would  it be nice if we could stay in our homes (age-in-place) instead of needing to settle for costly and impersonal alternatives?

YES!  TRY THIS!

Talk about, plan, design, and create a beautiful and  functional home designed for a today and tomorrow and keep it budget-friendly.


Do you have a friend or relative who might feel more comfortable visiting you if your home were more accessible? We do. So The Sage Companion Project focused our attention on figuring out cost-effective ways to plan, design, and create a beautiful and functional dwelling place designed for a lifetime. 

Life-course transitions mean change and many decisions to make. For those who are 50 and older, planning to add universal design elements to feather a nest can not only be wise, but can  make aging-in-place a masterfully-designed adventure. You can plan for  and an AT LAST Home where accessible, universal design allows function and aesthetics to coexist.

 ASK YOURSELF

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Wouldn't it be nice to be able to stay in your own home rather than in a nursing home?

Yes! say more and more Post 50 adults who are leading the way to "aging-in-place" and loving the idea of living in a For "Ever" home.

QUESTION:  is a lifelong home an attractive choice for you even if it means forward planning

(Y) ___ (N) ___





Wouldn't it be nice to be able to stay in your own home ?



Yes! say more and more Post-50-People who are ready, willing and able to lead the way to "aging-in-place" and loving the idea of living in a For "Ever" home as the years go by.  

The Sage Companion Project, responding to this trend, has published (2014) a handy eBooklet, AGING IN PALACE  - It is just 46 pages (8,600 words) -a quick start guide with practical, problem-solving ideas and talking points. You can use these talking points to start conversations with all stakeholders- regardless of age. And use the handy checklists to  kick-start feather-nesting projects.  IT'S ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE.


SUSTAINABLE
EXCELLENCE


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. . .  choices are
necessary when designing the evolving home. . .


START by Asking

these three (3) Questions

1. WHAT can turn a house into a functional and BEAUTIFUL home that can work for ALL OF US over many years? (see review)

a) _____             b)_____               c) _____             d) ______

2. HOW might that lifelong home "look and feel"- today and in later life? (see review)


3.WHEN would you/your family begin to create a home that can work for ALL those who live/visit there--regardless of age or physical ability? (see review)

right away____             after 55 ___           after we save enough money___




PREFER TO DO IT  BY DESIGN?




C ON G R A T U L A T I O N S


This small "
aging-in-place" eBooklet VOL 2  by Silver Sage  is IN THE TOP 10 aging-in-place information books downloadable from KINDLE.

   " This eBooklet contains helpful starting points for talking about and designing a functional and BEAUTIFUL lifelong home."


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BY DESIGN


~VOLUME 2 is OUT !
~

AND IT COSTS
LESS THAN A HAZELNUT LATTE
AND REALLY WORKS
TO PERK UP YOUR DAYS

$2.99


THE QUICK START PRIMER TO
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TALKING POINTS

START THE CONVERSATION WITH
46-page eBooklet

AGING-IN-PALACE
download to Desktop or Kindle

ALL proceeds go directly to
THE SAGE COMPANION PROJECT
NOT-FOR-PROFIT
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

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putting yourself on a kind track to life-course transitions mean change- 

Aging-in-Palace©, Aging-in-Place, Retirees, Baby Boomers, Silent Generation, Feathered Nests,Universal Design and more (see CDCHealthy Places) bring to mind planning for AT LAST Homes where accessible, universal design allows function and aesthetics to coexist.

Developed by a wheelchair-bound architect who thought that homes should be designed for everyone, regardless of physical ability or age, universal design has become more prevalent. Note- AARP promotes universal design. The concept flows throughout the living space as a whole.

Current predictions  from the home-building industry- aging will be the second-biggest influence on home design in the next few years [source:NAHB]. " We no longer are in a 'youth market'- but in one driven by powerful older adult consumers who can and do influence the how and where they choose to live."

It seems unlikely that older adults and "boomers" will choose to move to “retirement homes”- our 55+ colleagues are just too "hip" .

The Forecast: Aging-in-Palace© where function and aesthetics coexist.




4  EASY WAYS TO BEGIN



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no-step entrance
main floor living

HOW TO

do  home upgrades
on a budget

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1. Easy- Simply remove throw rugs

2. Open shades to bring natural light to interior spaces

3. Budget for and install grab bars in the bath

4. Start talking with family and friends and get actively involved in positive change that can work for EVERYBODY

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QUESTION


Which of the 4 easy beginning steps will you put on your agenda?

      1____          2 ____           3____          4 ____        ALL! ____




WHAT'S IN A  LIFELONG HOME




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1)Garage or Carport- Covered carports and boarding spaces, wider than average carports to accommodate lifts on vans, door heights may need to be 9 feet to accommodate some raised roof vans. 5-foot minimum access aisle between accessible van and car in garage, an important one-ramp(s) to doorway(s) if needed

2)Ramps - Slope no greater than 1 inch rise for each 12 inches in length, 5-foot landing provided at entrance

3)Storage -Adjustable closet rods and shelves. lighting in closets. easy open doors that do not obstruct access

4) Electrical, Lighting, Safety and Security- Light switches by each entrance to halls and rooms, light switches, thermostats and other environmental controls placed in accessible locations no higher than 48 inches from floor.- Clear access space of 30 inches by 48 inches in front of switches and controls, rocker or touch light switches, high-tech security/intercom system that can be monitored, with the heating, air conditioning and lighting, from any TV in the house, pre-programmed thermostats.

5) Flooring - Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces, interior and exterior

6) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning -(HVAC) Baby Boomers and Family members appreciate an HVAC system that is designed so that filters are easily accessible. We look for energy efficient HVAC units, and we still like windows that can be opened for cross ventilation, and plenty of fresh air!

7) Energy Efficient Home Features-

a) In-line framing with 2 by 6 studs spaced 24-inch on center

b) Air-barrier installation and sealing of duct work with mastic

c) Reduced-size air conditioning units with gas furnaces,

d)Mechanical fresh air ventilation, installation of air returns in all bedrooms and use of carbon monoxide detectors,

e) Energy efficient windows with Low-E glass

8) Reduced Maintenance/Convenience Features- a) Easy to clean surfaces b)Central vacuum c) Built-in pet feeding system d) Built-in recycling system, e) Video phones, f) Intercom system

9) Exterior - Low-maintenance exterior (vinyl, brick) Low-maintenance shrubs and plants Deck, patio or balcony surfaces are no more than ½ inch below interior floor level if made of wood

10) Other Ideas - A separate apartment for rental income or future caregiver.. . A Flex space or room that can used as a nursery or playroom when the children are young and as a home office later; if combined with a full bath, this room could also be used for “aging-in-place”….

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RESOURCES



Lift the human spirit when you bring together function and beauty in your "castle" and create the experience of  AGING-IN-PALACE© that works for everybody- regardless of age or physical ability.


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THE BOOMER EFFECT & CULTURAL CREATIVES

"BOOMER CONSUMERS'  strongly impact MARKET TRENDS.  The demand by the Post 50 People for age-friendly products -- interior and exterior design universal design elements that work for EVERYBODY-  regardless of age or physical ability -- is changing outmoded aging stereotypes. But it is up to older adults actively to dismiss ageism and  ageist attitudes



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THE QUICK START GUIDE TO
aging-in-palace

A BEGINNING PRIMER

TALKING POINTS

START THE CONVERSATION WITH
46 pages-eBooklet
so easy to read & share

AGING-IN-PALACE
download to Desktop or Kindle

ALL proceeds support this
NOT-FOR-PROFIT
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE


THANK YOU





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extended by almost 20 pages!
~VOLUME 2 is OUT!
~

the small "aging-in-place" eBooklet VOL 2
by Silver Sage  is IN THE TOP 10
of aging-in-place information books

AND IT COSTS LESS THAN A HAZELNUT LATTE AND REALLY WORKS TO PERK UP YOUR DAYS

$2.99

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