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Hi Again to our SLIDESHARE Friends and followers!!! People have asked us for one more "sample" of our quarterly newsletter - So HERE YOU GO! :-) ...

Hi Again to our SLIDESHARE Friends and followers!!! People have asked us for one more "sample" of our quarterly newsletter - So HERE YOU GO! :-)

So here is an example of the value you'd get if you sign up at www.EmpoweringTheMatureMind.com for our quarterly newsletter! In our WINTER 2013 issue, we cover the following topics, articles and features:

- "What's NEW at EtMM?": Updates on what we are working on for YOU our double opt-in community of valued followers... this quarter we review ASA's AiA13 National Conference!
- "Product Focus - R&D for A.I.P.": Here we share what the Research and Development industries are doing by highlighting a recent and pertinent new product or service offering related to successful Aging-In-Place. This quarter it's a "Super Pole" for help getting up and down from bed and in/out of the shower safely - which you can temporarily mount an secure anywhere to the floor and ceiling!
- "The BEST of "Murph's Mind": This is our TOP Blog of the Quarter, based on social engagement, response, and comments we've received along with the great discussions that it has created among our communities and online social "tribes" per se. This quarter, the winning blog is titled "Successful 'Aging-in-Place' Starts with Common Sense". Easy, low or no cost solutions to start looking at simple ways to make your home safer.
- "Comic Corner": Here we share some humorous material that helps us to lighten up a little bit about getting older. It is happening to us all, and we need to keep our sense of HUMOR about things!
- "Featured Aging-In-Place Project": Here we share one of our personal projects that we, at ADM Architecture, have taken on with a client recently, which is specific to successful Aging-In-Place via our expertise in the industry and our ability to provide our clients with sound advice on planning for your "Forever Home" with better layout, planning design, remodeling for accessibility, inclusive design features, universal design components, etc. Here we show you how we are able as professionals to bring value to our clients and any design and construction team in planning for your success in the last 1/3 of life related to your housing situation. We allow you and your family members / loved ones to be a part of making decisions that EMPOWER you to keep your INDEPENDENCE, your DIGNITY, your HAPPINESS, and your SAFETY in your own homes.

(Give us a call if you want to schedule a consultation, we'd be happy to help you too!)

We hope you enjoy this example of our Quarterly Newsletter. If you DID, please SHARE it with others you love and care about. Also, please DO go sign up at www.EmpoweringTheMatureMind.com for our Newsletter, so you can start receive all of our valuable resources and informational offerings now and in the future!

Cheers to YOU, Your EMPOWERMENT, and your Successful FUTURE!

Aaron D. Murphy, Managing Editor @ EmpoweringTheMatureMind.com
info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.co

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    • A Newsletter by Aaron D. Murphy, Managing Editor at Empowering The Mature Mind, Licensed Architect and Owner of ADM Architecture, Certified Aging In Place & In Community SpecialistPrinted on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comIssue#03    Spring 2013Spring, 2013“Life may erode some of our basicelements over time, but the endresult is a more majestic and richerworld as a whole, when you zoomout and view the bigger picture.”— Aaron D. Murphy, ArchitectFeatured Project:  Jacobs Residence2,412 s.f. Discovery Bay, Wa.A “Forever Home” for our clients to Age‐In‐Place“Dramatically improving our clients ability tolive a longer and happier life at home.”
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comWhat’s NEW at EtMM?Whew, what a week we had in Chicago!Amazing. Inspiring. Exciting… Connecting. Presenting. Experiencing… Exhausting.That about sums up the “What’s Next Boomer Summit” and the American Society onAging 2013 “Aging In America” national conference last week in Chicago 3/12 to 3/16.Issue#03    Spring 2013The industry is truly DEFINING ITSELF as we speak. This is a “race for space”, with peopleclimbing the hill to plant their flag in the specific sector and segment of the market space theywant to capture, and yet we’re all doing it (just a bit) by the “seat of our pants”. What I mean is,this entire industry is being INVENTED AS WE GO. Our world and U.S. demographic hasnever been where it’s going, and there are many industries, technologies, thought leaders, andacademics that are reviewing, studying, researching, inventing, creating and striving to solvethe challenges, problems, and opportunities of the Baby Boomers and their families.We are flattered and honored to get such feedback –especially from the legendary Mr. Walter Cronkite’sdaughter… (Yes, that’s her & the last name youwere thinking of…)“…Yours was one of my favorite presentationsat #AiA13. It was clear, easy to follow and notself-serving or commercial like some of them. Ithought you used humor to great effect… I lookforward to hearing from you and am intriguedby your thought about collaborating.”Kate (Kathy) CronkiteSo, what were our “take away” items,reflections, lessons, and ideas as we reviewour trip and our notes from last week inChicago? (Please note, these are not ver-batum quotes, but short form ideas from myown notes during presentations and speechesby some of the other leaders in thisindustry.) In short format “bullets”, herethere are:1) For technology to “automate” a system forour societal benefit, there needs to be adefined process. – Laurie Orlov, Founder,Aging In Place Technology Watch2) The number one search term in thisindustry space is “Senior Care Costs”.— Julie Northcutt (CaregiverList website)3) Home Care is a 1:1 patient to care giverexperience, while the average nursing homeratio is 1:12– Julie Northcutt (CaregiverList website)
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comWhat’s NEW at EtMM?Whew, what a week we had in Chicago!Amazing. Inspiring. Exciting… Connecting. Presenting. Experiencing… Exhausting.That about sums up the “What’s Next Boomer Summit” and the American Society onAging 2013 “Aging In America” national conference last week in Chicago 3/12 to 3/16.Issue#03    Spring 2013The industry is truly DEFINING ITSELF as we speak. This is a “race for space”, with peopleclimbing the hill to plant their flag in the specific sector and segment of the market space theywant to capture, and yet we’re all doing it (just a bit) by the “seat of our pants”. What I mean is,this entire industry is being INVENTED AS WE GO. Our world and U.S. demographic hasnever been where it’s going, and there are many industries, technologies, thought leaders, andacademics that are reviewing, studying, researching, inventing, creating and striving to solvethe challenges, problems, and opportunities of the Baby Boomers and their families.4) Telecare’s average user age is 82 yearsold. But the buyer is the daughter. — PillPrenovitz, Product Manager – Philips Lifeline5) The 79 million Baby Boomers represent40% of Technology spending. (But we arestarting to lose some of our sight andhearing, and tech needs to adapt to us) —Gary M. Kaye, Founder of InTheBoomBox6) There is a direct correlation between anincrease in schooling / education, and anincrease in longevity. – Gail Sheehy,author, journalist, lecturer in the agingindustry7) The Boomer Industry will be a $20 Billionsector by 2020. – Mary Furlong, author of“Turning Silver into Gold”8) Every Baby Boomer willbe 50 years old by2014. They look verydifferent as a consumer andthe start, middle, end (1946,1955, 1964 birth years). –Myrna Blyth, Founder ofMORE magazine, EditorialDirector AARP9) 24% of U.S. Adults arecaring for anotheradult. 30% of the U.S.population helps a loved onewith personal issues andtasks on a daily basis. –Shannon Ingram, Ownerof GenAge Marketinghttp://www.maryfurlong.com/
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comStanders “Super Pole”Security PoleThe SuperPole™ System is an awardwinning modular support systemdesigned for those requiring assistancewith standing, transferring, or movingin bed.Central to the system is a stylish floor-to-ceiling grab bar, which provides asecure structure that can be installed inminutes between a floor and ceiling.URL link to website:http://www.healthcraftproducts.com/superpolesystem.htmIssue#03    Spring 2013Product Focus – R&D for A.I.P.Video – Louis Tenenbaum speaks in apresentation, about the “Super Pole”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NhqtCngMXb4Topics include:
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comBest of “Murph’s Mind”Issue#03    Spring 2013Successful “Aging-In-Place” Starts with Common SenseBlog URL: http://empoweringthematuremind.com/forever-home-on-a-budget-starts-with-common-sense/So if 89% of those polled by AARP favor “Aging-In-Place” as a first priority and preference, but we are stillnear the bottom of a long and slow recovery in the real estate market that in some areas depreciated homesupwards of 30% in value 4-5 years ago, what are the best ways we can still think about safely staying in ourown homes longer as we get up in age?Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some aredisabled. In 2002, more than 12,800 people over age 65 died and 1.6 million were treated in emergencydepartments because of falls. 1/3 of people over 65 years old fall each year. 1/2 of those falls arerecurrent. 1 in 10 falls results in serious injury or death. 87% of elder fractures are due to falls. (More on fallstatistics in the 65+ year old sector can be found here).Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix.We all get busy with our own lives, and we go about our daily routine without ever taking a moment to lookdown from the 50,000 foot level. We are busy staring at the one tree in front of us in that “to do list priorities”forest that is today, tomorrow, and the next day after that. So let’s zoom out, back up, take a deep breathe,and LOOK AROUND in our own home. But first, please put on your COMMON SENSE glasses, the one’swith the tint of “Oh, well THAT’s OBVIOUS” in the lenses.A Low (or NO) Cost and Common Sense Review of your HOME:!”1) Furniture Layout: Is the path in your home un-necessarilycircuitous to get through and around the pieces offurniture? Are there furniture legs and arms that stick outinto the easiest route of travel through the home? Fixit. Make moving around in your home a clear, wide, andintuitive path.2) Rugs: Loose rugs are one of the top culprits to elderfalls. They love to decorate, and they love their smallmemory and collection items, we know that. But that little24″x42″ rug that she got on a trip to Maine in the 70′s that laysin front of the kitchen sink or just inside the entry door can bethe end of living at home, if we aren’t careful andaware. “Your favorite THROW, has GOT TO GO!”
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comBest of “Murph’s Mind”Issue#03    Spring 2013Successful “Aging-In-Place” Starts with Common Sense3) Drop Zones: Ask my wife about where she finds things of mine whenI’m on a deadline or otherwise “head down” and distracted. I leave atrail of “set downs”, shoes on the stairs, planner on the dining roomtable, keys and wallet on the window sill by the front door… you get theidea. We all do it, and so do our parents. The difference is that if theyleave the pile of read sections of the newspaper on the 3rd step of thestairs for the next time they go down to the garage, it could be forgotten,and send them directly from the 3rd step to the bottom step. That minoroversight could turn a trip to the recycling bin into a trip to the E.R.and surgery room. Pick up and put up your things so they aren’t in yourwalking spaces and routes of travel.4) Stairs & Thresholds: Since we are talking “Better on a Budget”, Iwon’t go into it here about how much cheaper a stair chair or even anelevator in your home is vs. a slip/fall and cost of moving into assistedliving or a nursing home for the months/years ahead (Just know that ISTRUE). Here I want to think maintenance and upkeep. Stairs withcarpets are notorious for coming loose over time. The angle and speedthe installers staple into the treads and riser corners (especially the backinterior corner) lead to attachments that aren’t fully sunken in andsecure. A loosening carpet can cause your next step to miss a stairtread, and you’d be at the bottom sooner than you intended. Wood stairsare slippery to many of the warm socks and slippers older folks like towear for warmth, and that can be a safety issue as well. Keep your staircarpet tightly affixed.5) Floors & Moisture: Overly-smooth floor finishes (hardwoods, tile) and “wet rooms” are also regularculprits to serious injury falls in older Americans. This can be not just due to the occupant, but sometimealso the caregiver that’s trying to help the older person with their ADL’s (Activities of DailyLiving). Keeping your floor areas clear, and applications to the floor surfaces that help create some “grit” fortraction where floor areas get wet, are crucial to keep us safe in our home as we bathe and get ready in thebathroom and laundry areas.
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comBest of “Murph’s Mind”Issue#03    Spring 2013Successful “Aging-In-Place” Starts with Common Sense6) Reaching & Stability: Are you using things in yourupper kitchen cabinets that you need daily orweekly? MOVE THEM DOWN. There is a “cost”alternative, which is equipment to retrofit your uppercabinets to come out and down to the user, but you canfind more on that in our winter newsletter). Gettingsomeone to help you re-organize your kitchen based onwhat you use most, so you aren’t reaching above yourhead or using a step stool as often, can go a long way toa longer and safer life at home.Safety in your home goes a very long way toward successful Aging-In-Place. There are a multitude ofpsychological benefits to making your home safe as well. It makes you feel IN CONTROL. It makes you feelEMPOWERED. Taking charge of your future, and how you want your home to work and function for howyou specifically use your own space is a KEY to the success of making your house your “Forever Home” forAging-In-Place successfully.Most of these things can be found in other Older American resource pages on the internet, such asCornell’sEnvironmental Geriatrics site. There are plenty of great links and articles that come out every day in thenews, and you can stay in touch with it all by subscribing to our online “Empowering The Mature Mind”daily newspaper, or by going to our Facebook page and clicking LIKE to get all of our posts on making your“second half” the best it can be, including great educational resources and information for making your homeyour “forever home” for successful Aging-In-Place. If you need more specific and personal solutions, don’thesitate to get in touch with us!Comics courtesy of: http://www.pruneville.com/It’s OK to laugh a little…Re-released hits for baby boomers:“You’re So Varicose Vein” - Carly Simon“How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?” - the BeeGees“The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face” - Roberta Flack“I Can’t See Clearly Now” - Johnny Nash“Papa Got A Kidney Stone” - the Temptations“These Boots Give Me Arthritis” - Nancy Sinatra“You Make Me Feel Like Napping” - Leo Sayer“Once, Twice, Three Trips to the Bathroom” - the Commodores“A Whiter Shade of Hair” - Procol Harum“I Get By with a Little Help from Depends”- the Beatles“Rikki, Don’t Lose Your Car Keys”- Steely Dan“Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker”- Hermans Hermits“Talkin’ ‘Bout My Medication” by the Who“You Can’t Always Pee When You Want”- the Rolling Stones
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comFeatured “Aging In Place” ProjectJacobs’ Custom ResidencePROJECT TYPE: Log Cabin Style, CraftsmanSIZE: 2,412 s.f. “Daylight Basement” designCONSTRUCTION TYPE: Wood / ConcreteDESIGN FEATURES:Under specific client budget constraints, we were able to design a daylight basement rambler in a combinationof “log cabin” and “craftsman” while also incorporating some personal styles of one of the client’s Indianheritage. The result for these wonderful 69 year old clients was their dream “forever home” that includesconsiderations for their lifestyle and age. An open living area floor plan, main floor living layout, spaciouskitchen area, 4-0 hallways, 3-0 doors, roll-in shower, on grade main entry, framing for future elevator to garageand loft above, adaptable design & construction for the ability of future accessible modifications.The majesty of this hilltop site with 5 acres assembled with the top 1ac opened in grassy field and rock outcroppings, while the remainder of the site falls off topographically to the East and into the woods, for the remainder of the parcel.  The configuration of the site, and the home design that reflects the assets and amenities of the site, allow the clients to get a peek‐a‐boo view to the N / NE at Discovery Bay, and the tops of the skyscrapers in downtown Seattle to the SE.  Riki is SO HAPPY we were able to capitalize on these site assets with the home design and how we were able to site the house on the property at the top (elevation) 20% of the property.Issue#02    Winter 2013
    • Printed on: April 13, 2013www.EmpoweringtheMatureMind.com info@EmpoweringTheMatureMind.comI am a licensed Architect with 17+ years in the architecture and real estate investing industries.  I am an entrepreneur, and a loving dad to two beautiful children. I am passionate about things I believe in, and I enjoy sharing these passions with my clients, the public, and those I care about and love, so you can share with yours as well… OUR MISSION at Empowering The Mature Mind:“Dramatically improving our clients ability to live a longer and happier life at home.”EtMM does this through our positive online community, where we provide our subscribers with valuable information, education, and resources – at EtMM, we are EMPOWERING you to meet your WANTS, NEEDS, and RIGHTS.“Encore Living” Radio is now an Internet Show!  Co‐host Aaron D. Murphy of Empowering The Mature Mind is live ON AIR every 2nd  & 4thTuesday of the month, from 9am‐10am.  Our next show is  May 13th, 2013.Empowering The Mature Mind was created to provide timely & pertinent informational teachings, links, references, resources, and product offerings for the Mature Adult Populations & their families.  Our goal for YOU?  EMPOWERING and ENABLING the Mature Adults of our population to control their own lives, and have the ability to meet their WANTS, NEEDS, and RIGHTS in every part of their wonderful “Second Half” of life.About ADM Architecture (Certified Aging‐in‐Place Specialist)http://www.blogtalkradio.com/encorelivingAaron Murphy is a Certified Aging‐in‐Place Specialist, trained in the unique needs of the older adult population, Aging‐in‐Place home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers in our homes and communities in which we would prefer to stay and live.  CAPS professionals have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier‐free living environments. The CAPS program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging‐in‐place solutions. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service.Issue#03    Spring 2013