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HANDICAPS are for Golf

ACCESSIBILITY IS FOR PEOPLE


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As Dad, the avid golfer reminded us, "Handicaps are for golf and horse racing- Accessibility AT home is for People- regardless of age or physical ability."





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Over at the Village of Pinehurst  the U.S. Open Golf Championship is underway- with  “stay steady” competitors. Even so , you may be reminded that  "...handicaps are for golf and horse racing...” whereas  accessibility AT home - works for all stakeholders- regardless of age or physical ability. So let's talk about  about  how a new vision of aging is trending, and how your influence can impact how it evolves.  It's not too early to talk about and educate yourself on the subject of accessibility.


It is not too early to talk about accessibility.


Are you ready to consider today what it takes to control your own destiny in the coming years?

YES ___ NO ___

Are you interested in the  benefits and comforts of living at home- regardless of age or physical ability?

YES ___ NO ___

Are you ready to learn how to start a conversation about a few simple things to do to create a "feathered nest" today that will work for you and others  20 years from now?

YES ___ NO ___

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ABILITIES

 As leading edge boomers and older adults consider lifestyle choices, more and more people choose to stay at home. Planning may include a home automation, certain improvements, perhaps a remodel of the home and incorporation of elements that foster

“visit-ability, adapt-ability, and healthy aging-in-place ABILITY.”

But, let’s face it, as you add up the decades, you may prefer not to think about  the "back nine" of life.  But, as every golfer knows, in this game, it is preferable to control your own destiny. Where to start? Start with something as simple as talking about the positive prospects, and do take a low-key approach.

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"We continue to do

all the same kind of things as we used to do

as we get older;

we just do them differently."


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"When beginning a conversation about the "forever home" it is a  good idea to adopt a low-key approach.  It simply is less stressful !"

When doing the research for this Interactive Series for The Sage Companion Project,  we met with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) to explore the possibilities.  We had a long list of topics for our conversation, as you might imagine. The first thing we wanted to know was where to start the whole conversation about "aging-in-place" in the "for-ever" home.

GOOD STARTING POINT: Ask yourself these questions

  1. “Do you have any friends who may have accessibility issues– for instance, someone who has had a stroke?”
    YES ___ NO ___

  2. "Do have friends who need accessibility and would like them to come visit?
    YES ___ NO ___

  3. "How would you like to see your home in 20 years?"
    YES ___ NO ___

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NEXT STEP:  Plan an actual  field trip -- (or do this online) -- to explore the possibilities in terms of inexpensive modifications that are not only functional but attractive.



A PEEK AT SURPRISING INEXPENSIVE SOLUTIONS



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Modifications such as those seen below are especially designed to enable homeowners to “age in a P A L A CE” - safely and for a longer period of time. In addition, they work for all residents, regardless of age. What a simple remedy.

P.S. We found the manufacturer! You can order these from the TLC STORE.

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THE NOT  EXPENSIVE CHECKLIST


___  1.Remove throw rugs

___  2. Create a spending plan of $10.mo

___ 3. Install amazingly attractive grab bars in the powder room (and main bath)-

___ 4. Add extra task lighting in the kitchen

___ 5.Simply replace light bulbs with brighter LED bulbs




FEATHER YOUR NEST TODAY



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CAUTION: Getting started may not be so easy as it seems when you read about it here. Many of us simply prefer not to think about the need for home modifications. It can be quite a challenge to scrutinize and/or admit to one's own mortality. But that certain amount of required courage is the juice  for  many blessings- though at first they may appear to be  in disguise-

A low-key approach is less stressful.

The benefits of dismissing outmoded ageist stereotypes are numerous. The trend may be of interest to real estate professionals, occupational therapists, Veterans Administration caseworkers, caregivers and those who appreciate age-friendly products.

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Are you ready to discover some basic information you need to get started? ONWARD! family and friends! Discover how to envision and plan a LIFELONG HOME, creative solutions for independent living -- regardless of age or physical ability.













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