The torrential and unceasing rainfall in the Houston area is expected to lead to more than 50 inches of rain and catastrophic flooding. Tens of thousands spent the weekend in shelters and countless others are stuck in their homes. Emergency dispatchers are overwhelmed.
A SHIFT IN THOUGHT
As baby boomers begin to downsize, they are discovering their grown children do not want their stuff. In fact, they recoil in something close to horror at the thought of trying to find room for collections of Hummels and Thomas Kinkade paintings.
A modest program aimed at keeping older adults independent and in their own homes is showing promising results. Dubbed CAPABLE, for Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders, the program, which started in the Baltimore area, saved Medicare an average of $10,000 annually in health care costs per participant during a recent two-year trial. That trial program was supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A second trial will wrap up this year, funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The story of Robaba Mohammadi, a 16 year old artist from Kabul with partial paralysis of her limbs, is an inspirational one. Robaba has big dreams and is not about to let her disability stop her.
What is your priority when looking for a new home? Good schools? A modern kitchen? A backyard? How about abundant closet space? I want all those things too, but I need more. I want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable in my home. Though many share this sentiment, I rarely hear people list accessibility as a priority.
A beautiful, efficient and accessible kitchen created for everyone that lives in a home whether or not they are disabled is an achievable reality. Not only is it a reality, it makes sense to do so to ensure all family members and guests are comfortable in your kitchen and to give yourself the option to age in place if desired.
Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX is the only theme park in the world where every single ride is completely accessible to guests with disabilities. The park attractions were created based on principles of sensory integration and inclusion for all.
I’ve witnessed some pretty interesting social blunders since my mom began using a wheelchair. I generally let them slide because most people really do mean well. They may feel uncomfortable and unsure of how to act.