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New Professional Qualification in Environmental Gerontology

A Certificate in Environmental Gerontology is under development at Hofstra University on Long Island. Environmental Gerontology is, simply put, the study of how the aging individuals interact with the physical environment that sourrounds them and how best to improve that environment. Hofstra’s offering is an important acknowledgment of the burgeoning needs and markets to serve …

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How to Diffuse the Drama of Downsizing

Letting go of personal possessions can be an emotional process, and I find that it’s a bit more painful for seniors.  Even the simple need to donate old clothes when preparing for a move can be overwhelming for them, and introduce an extra layer of tension into an already fraught family situation (sometimes). One of …

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Today we conducted a consultation with a woman in her 70’s, Mrs. Revere, facing a difficult turning point, living alone in a large home that includes an apartment and two-car garage that is, arguably, cluttered by the accumulation of 40+ years of life (including an 11-foot shelf full of cookbooks in the kitchen). Her choices …