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Aging in place -- is it for you?

Original post made on Oct 14, 2011

Some conversations are difficult to start. Such as talking to elderly parents about whether they will be able to stay in their home as they age. Life Transitions Counselor Donna Christner-Lile of Pleasanton has published an updated version of her book, "Aging in Place: Safely Living in your 'Home Sweet Home' until you're 100+," to help facilitate just this type of discussion.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 13, 2011, 9:37 PM

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Posted by Rebecca Ripley
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

I recently read the story about Life Transitions Counselor Donna Christner-Lile of Pleasanton regarding "Aging in place -- is it for you?". My business partner and I, at Ferris Homes has built around 120 manufactured homes in Vineyard Estates, a senior 55+ park community. We have faced similar issues with seniors downsizing to retirement communities, both singles and couples, in this land leased park in Pleasanton at 3263 Vineyard Ave.

About six months ago we were approached by a Company that offered wireless technology for the home to help monitor seniors, special needs and disabled individuals to "age in place" in their own homes. It seemed a perfect fit to be able to add wireless technology such as this as we built our new manufactured home in these senior parks.

The system gathers information about their daily activities and relays it to designated members of the care network so they can remotely monitor their well being. For example, it could tell you how many times Dad got up at night, how active he was during the day, if Mom has taken her medicine, or if the stove has been left on. The network uses sensors and software tied to a secure web application to provide real-time information as well as email or text message alerts. You choose what to monitor, who should be sent alerts, and how to receive the information.

This system does not require the elderly to interact with new and unfamiliar technology. Mom and Dad don't have to learn anything new or change their behavior and you get the information when and where you want it, in the way that's best for your lifestyle: via the internet, email or text messaging.

It's nice to see support and technology being developed to help our seniors in Pleasanton.


Rebecca Ripley
Ferris Homes

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I'm 69 yrs. of age and I'm in good health. Not excellent health but I get around and do what I need to do to keep myself alive.

I view all Americans as at risk. Young people kill each other, accidents happen that can take your life in a flash, and you can drop dead in a hospital even if you walk in healthy. Not mention toxic melons.

While it's nice to read about retirement communities, I think that society in general needs to understand daily how to survive. It's not just about age anymore. Everybody is equally at risk.

It's seems to be a matter of luck.

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Posted by My 2 cents
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I think some people should seriously urge their parents to take advantage of retirement communities and nursing homes. I have neighbors who can not take care of themselves, their kids come to see them not too often, and it is the neighbors who have to pitch in and help, plus they receive government help and have caregivers and nurses come and help them, and meals on wheels. I think these seniors could benefit from the environment provided by a full time nursing home or a retirement community.

Would I go to one when I age if I am unable to take care of myself? Absolutely! I do not want to be a burden to anyone (not my kids, and not the government and not my neighbors)

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I guess I don't mind being a "burden" on others. It's not a crime. Sometimes others welcome others into their lives. People like to help out. Elders that I know are loveable. I help out a few folks.
It's not a burden. I know the limits of what I can and what I can't do.

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