One thumb up is for Bob Lowry over at Satisfying Retirement who's now published his second book Living a Satisfying Retirement. It is based on a plethora of questions he asked fellow bloggers regarding various aspects of the retired life. The questions range from: What financial planning have you done to prepare for retirement? to: How do you fill up your day now that you're not working?
So if you're looking for some answers to those thorny retirement questions, check out his book on amazon. Can't go too wrong for $2.99!
The second thumbs up goes to Rachel Adelson who's written a book called Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style. The science writer (and former IBMer) points out that over 90 percent of seniors live in conventional housing, as opposed to a senior-citizen facility. Some of the benefits of staying in your own home, or "aging in place" as it's sometimes called: It costs less, keeps you in familiar surroundings, and offers greater independence.
She reminds people to research the
services available in your communtity for aging in place. Often there is more than meets the eye, including support for transportation, nutrition, fitness and entertainment.
Then her book offers all kinds of advice for age-proofing our homes -- in the same way we baby-proofed our homes when we had small children. A few of her suggestions:
* Improve lighting in the bathroom and the kitchen, and especially on the stairs.
* Affix traction tape along the front edge of your stairs, in contrasting colors, to help prevent falls.
* Outfit your kitchen with easy-to-use tools and utensils.
* Get rid of scatter rugs throughout the house.
* Install grab bars in the bathroom, as well as a raised toilet seat to help people with bad knees or a bad back.
I myself enthusiastically support her suggestions, especially the last one since I recently took a spill in my shower. I slipped as I was getting out, grabbed for the soap dish, and pulled it right out of the wall. I tumbled over the side of the bathtub onto the floor and gave myself a big bruise -- this was several weeks ago and I still have an ugly brownish splotch as big as a basketball from waist to armpit.
So (he said, with a wink and knowing cough) you don't have to be old to want to get yourself a proper grab bar. You only have to be my age.