2013 ALTY Awards - Assisted Living Today
Best Aging in Place Articles – 2013 ALTY Awards

Winning Article

The winner of the 2013 ALTY Award for “Best Aging in Place Article” is:

Aging in Place Misconceptionby Louis Tenenbaum, louistenenbaum.com

Congratulations to our winner, Louis Tenenbaum! You can grab a winner’s badge here.

Runner-Up Article

Aging In Place: What You Should Expect From An Age-Friendly CommunityInterview of Barbara Meltzer on HuffPost50.com

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Finalist Articles

And hats off to all the finalists as well, whose articles stood out from hundreds of blog posts in the senior care space.

The Future of Aging in Place: Health Monitoring From Homeby Leigh Ann Otte, OurParents.com
Aging in Place – A Toolkit for Local GovernmentsPresented by AARP Livable Communities blog
Rambling Retirees Buck Aging-in-Place Trendby Elizabeth Brown, AARP
December 2012 Year-end Wrap and 2013 Trends to Watchby Laurie Orlov, AgeInPlaceTech.com

Congratulations to our finalists. Nice work! Finalists can get a finalist badge here.

Final Voting Results

Here’s a look at how all the blogs fared in the public voting.

  • Aging in Place Misconception (43%, 9 Votes)
  • Aging In Place: What You Should Expect From An Age-Friendly Community (24%, 5 Votes)
  • The Future of Aging in Place: Health Monitoring From Home (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Aging in Place – A Toolkit for Local Governments (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Rambling Retirees Buck Aging-in-Place Trend (10%, 2 Votes)
  • December 2012 Year-end Wrap and 2013 Trends to Watch (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations again to the winner, the runner-up and all the ALTY finalists.

 


Nominated Article Descriptions

The following is a full list of all nominees for the 2013 ALTY Awards for the “Best Aging in Place Articles” category.

The Future of Aging in Place: Health Monitoring From Home — by Leigh Ann Otte, OurParents.com

Resembling to a degree futuristic science fiction, the developments on the near horizon in technology may be what enables many older adults to stay in their homes as they age. From medication-monitoring pill boxes to bed sensors that detect and assess a person’s heart rate, even an in-home robot that connects a senior with his or her family, Leigh Anne Otte highlights the not-so-distant future of aging in place; technology that holds a myriad of solutions for the at-home senior.

Aging In Place: What You Should Expect From An Age-Friendly CommunityInterview of Barbara Meltzer on HuffPost50.com

Barbara Meltzer, aging advocate based in Los Angeles defines an age-friendly community as one where “all ages can grow in an environment that is comfortable and safe for all for them.” In an informative interview, she outlines four factors that indicate a community is an age-friendly one, including accessible transportation, affordable housing and opportunities to be both a life-long student and active in civic engagement.

Aging in Place – A Toolkit for Local GovernmentsPresented by AARP Livable Communities blog

Keeping seniors in their homes as they age is not a case-by-case project based on an individual, rather, communities need to quantitatively look at  how they can change to better serve older adults. A toolkit prepared by The Atlanta Regional Commission and promoted by AARP advises local governments on how to plan for an aging population. The toolkit recognizes three major components that any given community needs to coordinate in order to achieve successful aging in place, including healthcare, environment and planning and zoning.

December 2012 Year-end Wrap and 2013 Trends to Watchby Laurie Orlov, AgeInPlaceTech.com

Tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate Laurie Orlov considered 2012 to be a “ho-hum” year as far as advancements in technology that benefitted seniors. But she makes strong predictions on what trends will come on strong in aging-in-place technology in 2013. Among them, bigger data plans to accommodate a jump in bandwith use, better voice recognition technology and an overall increase in the use of technology in medicine, including doctors’ use of smartphone and tablet apps, more in-home technology for health monitoring and a greater focus on technology in the homecare markets.

Rambling Retirees Buck Aging-in-Place Trendby Elizabeth Brown, AARP

Retirement need not be a slow, lazy settling into the couch cushions. Some are considering retirement a couch-hopping adventure! More and more retirees are choosing to lighten their possessions and take to travel once their daily commitment to an employer is finished. Elizabeth Brown blogs on AARP about seniors who split time between either a houseboat, RV, or “couchsurfing,” traveling the world on a very low budget.

Aging in Place Misconceptionby Louis Tenenbaum, louistenenbaum.com

Louis Tenenbaum, a leading authority on aging in place, feels strongly about choice when it comes to aging in place, asserting that aging in place is not a forced move to another location (i.e. a smaller house or single-level apartment) because of a health issue. People who choose to move to a different dwelling do so because they want to. His blog, “Aging in Place Misconception” highlights the reasons a person may choose to relocate from the established family homestead.

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