New Congress is Ripe for Impact

Your membership gives HomesRenewed Coalition clout. HR1780, last session’s bi-partisan,  Senior Accessible Housing Act, called for a $30,000 tax credit for age friendly home renovations. Senator Angus King’s (I-Me) office liked our memo that spelled out new ideas for the next generation of the bill. That puts HomesRenewed on the starting block to push home update incentives in the new …

Purchasing a Home Elevator

by HomesRenewed Policy Strategist Kristin Amerling When my parents started exploring their interest in installing a home elevator, my husband and I started taking notes. My parents are active 70-somethings living in a free-standing home in Florida and my husband and I are raising teenagers in a multi-story townhome in DC. Although we are separated by a generation and geography, …

The Scale of our Aging Society

There are plenty of stories about the financial stability of social security and medicare, the impending caregiver ratio crisis and the business opportunities of the longevity economy. A couple things are often missing from the stories. One is a bold enough statement describing the scale of the problem. The second is solutions that stray from the story focus. No coloring …

Things to consider about ambulance transportation — before an emergency!

Notes from the Sandwich Generation by HomesRenewed Policy Strategist Kristin Amerling* One often overlooked intersection we have with the healthcare industry is through use of an ambulance. Needless to say, it usually happens in an emergency, when most decisions are made on short notice without time for you to do research or do much other than receive care. But could …

Bias as a Barrier

I‘ve been promoting Aging in Place for years, mostly because it just makes sense.  Sometimes people say my work has been ahead of the curve. I never thought it would take so long to see shifts, pushing me to study the barriers to change.  A recent conversation helped me recognize three biases that are strong barriers to seeing home as …

“Boldly go where no one has gone before.”

I recently had the opportunity to write an article for the Society of Actuaries Long-Term Care Insurance Section newsletter. Why am I interested in long-term care insurance? Because the insurers and their policyholders are stakeholders who stand to benefit from updating houses. The article explains the value updated homes carries for long-term care insurers and policyholders and identifies partners who are …

Finding a Quiet Restaurant Where We Actually Can Talk with Each Other

Notes from the Sandwich Generation by HomesRenewed Policy Strategist Kristin Amerling* As with many elements of aging well, the built environment has an impact on “normal” activities with loved ones. This includes the basic pleasure of going out to dinner in a restaurant. Design and atmosphere, sound bouncing off the walls or ceiling, and loud music coupled with a common …

HomesRenewed Team Blog #1

Welcome to HomesRenewed’s team blog. Housing older Americans is a complex issue requiring comprehensive and systematic solutions. HomesRenewed is a broad stakeholder coalition reflecting the complexity of the problem and the breadth needed to solve it. There are lots of issues. There are lots of stakeholders. There are lots of overlapping interests. But most importantly, all stakeholders share a vision …