Housing for Elders
Elders today have many different options when it comes to housing, and it’s possible to explore most of them on the web.
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Angie’s List is an online consumer network with more than 650,000 members across the U.S. They pay dues each month to access reports by other members, who grade local service providers they've hired (plumbers, painters, electricians, etc.) and describe in detail how well those businesses performed. http://www.angieslist.com/AngiesList/
Green House Replication Initiative
The Green House Replication Initiative has funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop Green House homes around the country. The website explains this compassionate alternative to a nursing home, which houses six to ten frail residents in a family-sized dwelling. All have their own room and bathroom and they share common areas and the attention of a small staff of specially trained nurses’ aides. http://www.ncbcapitalimpact.org/default.aspx?id=146
National Geographic on “New Urbanism”
The National Geographic explains “New Urbanism” on this web page. It’s a concept that rejects sprawling, car-dependent suburbs for communities designed for walking that are more like a traditional small town. They mix houses and apartments and offer easy access to a town center and public transportation. The site offers a virtual tour of such a community. www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/sprawl
"Adding years to people's lives through the magic of science and medicine, however impressive, is an insufficient ambition for American Society. Our objective, must be to add new life to those years."
President John F. Kennedy, 1961 White House Conference on Aging