As You Age, Here’s How to Extend Your Home’s “Best Before Date”
September 26, 2022
Hosted by Ron Roel
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The next time you go to the supermarket, you may notice that some products have what’s known as a BBE (“best before end” date) stamped on the packaging. What does this mean? It’s not that the food will be unsafe after that date, but it may not be at its best—its flavor and texture might not be as good after a certain period of time. While we may not think of other products or aspects of our lives having best before dates, longevity expert Scott Fulton has developed a creative approach to apply this concept to our living environment, as well as our health and well-being. In today’s episode, Scott, who is Founder and President of Home Ideations, will talk about the best before date of our house. In many instances, we buy our homes and remain in them for decades, but most houses are not designed for older adults. The renovations we make are often not the kinds of design changes that will support our future needs, so we end up living in houses that are essentially beyond their best before date. But as Scott points out, that doesn’t mean we can’t devise plenty of strategies to extend the functional lifespan of our home environment to fit our needs as we age. Scott will explain how he collaborates with homeowners to combine functional design features with striking styles that add aesthetic value to their homes. He’ll talk about “forward flow” solutions to accommodate a spectrum of all ages; no-step solutions to minimize falls as we age (September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month) and describe how cost-effective technologies are being introduced in our entrances, kitchens, and living areas. Call it “Aging with Grace” or “Thriving in Home-Based Retirement,” what matters, Scott says, is that you have a realistic plan that shields you from potential crises, while providing an inviting and secure lifestyle for years to come.
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Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where 45 Forward comes in.
My show provides you with strategies to shift the traditional waiting-for-retirement model to a journey of compelling life chapters. Each show tackles an aspect of health, finance, family and friends, housing, work and personal pursuits as part of an integrated plan. Experts discuss topics like revitalizing relationships, creating mini-retirements, managing the maze of technology, finding your next homestead and caring for aging parents.
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I’m a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, the last two decades focusing on the blend of diverse life skills I call successful aging.
I have written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures, discovering along the way that the path to aging well also requires an unexpected entrepreneurial vision. I spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers. I created Roelresources.com, a website offering practical advice and inspirational essays for people ages 40 and above. I have been a volunteer and consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles, advocating for seniors, and developing action plans for the AARP Age-Friendly Communities initiative.
I am active in programs and organizations that support seniors, such as the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. I have developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years. I regularly collaborate with many professionals who provide services and support for older Americans, and I am completing a book for caregivers on Long Island, “The Caregiving Navigator/How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself,” scheduled for publication in early 2021.