- Senior Friendly Living, LLCChief Gerontologist, present
- Texas Tech UniversityProfessor and researcher
- BearingPointSenior Manager, Strategic Planning
- Nevada University SystemVice Chancellor, Technology
We help our older-adult clients to
- Sell their home stress-free,
- Respectfully distribute a lifelong collection of memories
- Reduce the stress of packing/moving
- Design ergonomic home adaptations
- Downsize or select senior-community housing
- Make or buy high tech ergonomic devices ("gerontechnology") to ease daily living
- Provide research on senior aging, public policy, and eldercare-giving
- Businesses provide senior friendly customer services.
Who Is Behind It?
I am the founder at Senior Friendly Living, LLC, headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota. I have been involved in real estate investments and services, and internet marketing technologies for fifteen years.
My hobbies are architectural and outdoor photography, readings in gerontological research, and computer technologies. In the Rapid City/Black Hills region I have served on the Boards of community-support groups such as senior center, city council study of community-wide senior needs, American Red Cross, Junior Achievement and town planning committee.
The National Association of Realtors has designated me as one of their Seniors Real Estate Specialists. I am a professionally Certified Senior Advisor(R) for financial, real estate, social, physiological and psychological matters of elderly persons. I am a member of the Gerontology Society of America and the International Gerontechnology Society.
I regularly offer free Community-Education classes for older adults and their elderly parents, on how to sell a home with less stress, "handy gadgets" designed to simplify daily living for elderly persons, and training businesses on more senior-friendly products and services.
I retired from the university Board of Regents several years ago. After that, I went back to work, dedicating my remaining life work to helping elderly persons cope with the seemingly simple goal of living safe, healthy and happy in a senior-friendly home and community environment.
In weekly personal life, I am also founder of the Black Hills Explorers (a seniors' outdoor-learning group), a founding member of the Black Hills' honey bee club, owner of the Black Hills Pack Goats, and past aerial photographer from an ultralight airplane.
- University of Nebraska–LincolnPh.D.
- Missouri State Univ.B.S., Mathematics
- Missouri State Univ.M.S., Physics
- University of Nebraska–LincolnM.S., Computer Science & Statistics
- Missouri State Univ.B.S., Physics
These two proud bucks live right outside my office in downtown Rapid City. These city dwellers have greater racks than most deer I see miles away, out in the forest near my home. Size counts. Must be the city water...
(WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY, AND HE IS US! )
After considerable experiences with my elderly real estate clients, and close family members over the past 20 years, I seem to disagree with the conventional wisdom about how to run assisted living facilities. Here's why:
Tonight PBS/FrontLine aired a one-hour expose' type program on resident neglect and abuse in (one particular major corporate owner of) assisted living facilities nationwide. Many of my seniors real estate clients sell their home in order to pay for moving to independent/assisted/skilled-care living communities. I get involved in their planning and moving and decisions as much as in helping them sell their homes. So my clients and I have a great stake in this issue.
The PBS program pounded repeatedly on whether the nationwide corporate owner had been negligent on staff training, patient-care policies and staff/resident ratios. Blame game.
The article attached below quotes an industry spokesman trying to focus the question of resident-care quality on whether to regulate at the federal vs. state level. Or even to rely on market pressures.
But here is who I think can do the best of all in oversight of quality patient care in these seniors communities. "We've met the solution, and he is us!"
Often, (no typically) when I walk through nursing homes, assisted living facilities, memory-care facilities, I see far too many lonesome, alone, lonely, bored, groggy, dazed, un-engaged residents. I believe, based on casual observation, that there is far too much neglect by family and friends after dumping our friends, family and church members, et al at the senior communities. Out of sight, out of mind.
Sure, let's decide on which government oversight level applies. Whether free-market pressure preempts government oversight. Require more rigorous certification training and testing.
But let's first take responsibility ourselves and admit that none of those can work if first we don't provide some of our own oversight. It is wrong to go visit someone in a senior-care facility and simply assume on blind faith all is well. Be suspicious, trust-but-verify, track basic signs of nutrition, physiology, psychological state, sociological engagement...basic healthy skepticism.
And it doesn't take special training for this first level of oversight. It takes love, flanked by vigilance, scrutiny, perspicacity. No training required.
That's my 2 cents. What's yours?
#assistedliving #lifeanddeathinassistedliving #frontline #nursinghomeregulation #dementia #alzheimers #pbs
Out West, in our ranch land culture, selling a home isn't really about "property." It's about family love, rural values, sincerity, caring. "Horse property" just doesn't make it. More like "family, friendship, community belonging." Miranda Lambert nails this one. Enjoy with me, please.
I study the social behavior of leaderless honeybee workgroups (i.e., colonies), to help make sense of human group behavior.
With 50,000 honeybees spending all winter trapped by the cold inside a totally dark hive, they still manage to cooperate in performing various functions of housekeeping, queen-tending, food management, temperature control, and intruder-protection. Yet, they accomplish all that cooperation and harmonious work without any one in control authority, no communications infrastructure, no bylaws or laws, no court system to punish misbehavior, no congressbees to get paid by special interests to set rules.
So I got into beekeeping after observing decades of leadership/management troubles at dozens of universities and large corporations, while hearing that the lowly honeybee is capable of organizing, cooperating, co-existing peacefully, and accomplishing great collective productivity without laws, police, anyone in charge, nor infrastructures.
And, I can say confidently now, that I understand much better our human weaknesses that foretell organizational failure, after studying the social life of honeybee colonies. It is a fascinating perspective, with great lessons in cooperation without leaders.
Read more here --> http://goo.gl/PhB234
and here http://goo.gl/X05pQX
#leezbz #eusocial #honeybee #leadershipskills
First time in three years that Lee'z B'z (www.LEEz.Bz) have produced more honey than they'll need to survive through next winter. So they gave their extra honey to me to pass along to my seniors real estate clients. Sweeeeeet.
#honeybees #seniorsrealestate #LeezBz
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