"We know what the single most important factor is, in a happy old age. It's not wealth. It's not health. It's social connection.…
We need to age in community. We live in community; it's what gives our lives meaning.
Researcher after researcher says, ultimately, in the end what really matters are our relationships."
Ashton Applewhite, Author This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
"The idea that you could actually have something that you could enjoy for twenty years that reflects who you are and projects to the world what you value…
...and at the same time make sure that, you can actually read the newspaper without turning a light on.
Little tiny things like that are the complements that make a house a home; because a house will protect you, but a home will be your friend.”
Duo Dickinson, Architect Residential & Universal Design; Author
"We have to create the structures. We cannot do this one-off.
What have to create the structures of society, whether it is a city for all ages or whether it's a nation that respects its elders and their contributions; we have collective work to do.
A new concept is emerging, that’s being called: A City For All Ages. A city built thoughtfully, for all ages."
Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary US Dept of Housing & Urban Development
"What is that plan for the second half of your life? What haven't you done yet, that you want to do?
What are the things that have meaning for you?
What's still in me that needs to get done and how does that play out? How do I think differently about my life, or even the next ten years?
What things have I always wanted to do, that now I can possibly do?
What are your dreams? What are your passions? "
Gretchen Addi, Lead Partner IDEO, Aging Space
"People - when they think about making their home ready for a long term living – they’re always thinking about safety...
...but they forget the delight aspect, and that's really a very important part.
Because if you only think about safety this becomes a boring and dreadful undertaking.
And the delight aspect is as important is the safety aspect."
Susi Stadler, Architect Founder, At Home With Growing Older
“My advice is: don't wait!
This could have happened way back here.
You could have been living well your entire life leading up to these layers along the way that eventually created the home of your dreams.
But you don't need to wait till you're sixty-five to do it!”
Kerrie Kelley, Founder Kerrie Kelley Design Labs
"Eighty percent of people call us when they need it right away.
And ninety-nine percent of them - we can accommodate them right there, what they want.
We don't charge for an estimate. Everything is free.
You don't lose anything to get that opinion or second opinion about what you need to get done."
Ali Soltani, MBA Senior Home Modification Specialist
"I think the baby boomers are about living and reinventing themselves.
So I use the term 'Creating That New Chapter of Life'.
If anything, it is the time when we can live even more fully.
We are not trapped by a work schedule. We're not trapped by performance plans. We're not trapped by things that we have to do.
We now can create our own schedule. We now can decide what we want to do.”
Fran Randolph. PhD. Life and Retirement Coach
"When we look at lifespans that are now eighty, ninety or a hundred years old, we culturally tend to put those years in that last phase; but in fact there's no real reason to do that.
Perhaps it makes sense that we don't need to finish all of our education before we're twenty-five, then have a family, then have a career and then have an old age period where we don't go back to work.
Perhaps people could take time away from work for a while to help with their kids and then come back to the workplace later in life."
Ken Smith, Research Scholar Stanford Center on Longevity