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Stephanie K. Firestone

Stephanie K. Firestone

Stephanie writes the column "Age'n Community" on planning for the urban and senior population boom.

Video: Transportation Solutions for Aging in Auto-Centric America

The vast majority of us will outlive our driving years by about a decade. That means we’ll need to rely on a variety of transportation services to help us get around. While 42 percent of area agencies on aging offer older drivers safety training so that we can stay on the road longer, fewer than… Read more »

A Safer Driver is One with a Bicyclist’s Perspective

[vsw id=”60585187″ source=”vimeo” width=”475″ height=”360″ autoplay=”no”] The biggest obstacle to safely riding a bicycle is the inattentiveness of drivers. This was one of the points I drove home as a panelist at the 2013 Fairfax Bike Summit earlier this month. While people on bicycles surely need to learn and obey the biking laws where they… Read more »

To Drive or Not to Drive

Unfortunately, many older adults avoid ever asking themselves the question in this headline, as our culture largely dictates that you must be autonomous in order to be valued. So instead, older adults independently reduce their driving in stages, with nights and highways the first to go. But they refuse to contemplate a time when they… Read more »

“Telehealth:” The Elderly Equivalent to Telework

As our aging relatives live longer and with greater illnesses, we often witness their worlds becoming smaller, with a constant focus on the medical aspects of life. Though more illness requires more attention, we must encourage people as they age to proactively maintain (or re-establish) a proper balance between the medical and non-medical facets of… Read more »

Let’s Get Entrepreneurial to Help Older Adults Maintain their Mobility

Many of us with older parents are feeling an increased burden when our loved ones can no longer drive. Jurisdictions tasked with providing older adult transportation are figuring out how to address this demand as well. According to a study by the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Municipal Aging Services Project, public transit demand will nearly triple… Read more »

Community Organizations Are Well Placed to Help Boomers Beyond Driving Retirement

The vast majority of us will outlive our driving years by about a decade. That means we’ll need to rely on a variety of transportation services to help us get around. However, as I noted in my last blog, very few aging organizations or those charged with providing transportation services are doing anything to help… Read more »

Why Grandma Needs to Learn How to Ride the Bus

When Complete Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) were thriving during the last few decades, one of their most popular selling points was ease of transition. As the argument went, moving to a new community can be jarring for elderly people so folks should move to a CCRC in their 50s, allowing time to adjust to the… Read more »

Seniors and Boomers Are Creating Happy Homes for Aging

Increasingly, a variety of options is available for living in community as we age. In his newly published book, How to Retire Happy, Stan Hinden, a former syndicated Washington Post columnist, talks about some of these alternatives. I know Stan because I frequently visit his wife Sara at a group home where she now lives…. Read more »

Senior Villages Promote “Aging-in-Community”

Retirees around the country have taken their futures into their own hands. People who have led highly independent lives are abandoning the idea of retirement communities by deciding to “age in place.” Over the last decade, people in some neighborhoods have created nonprofit Senior Villages that enable elderly members to stay in their own homes… Read more »

Retirement Ghettos Will Disappear as Retirees “Age in Place”

I just returned from visiting my parents in one of South Florida’s gated communities. They informed me that they recently closed on a reverse mortgage, which commits them to living in their current home for the conceivable future – probably until the very end of their days. This announcement flew in the face of their… Read more »