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Lee Alley
Works at Senior Friendly Living, LLC
Attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lived in Rapid City, SD
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Gerentechnology Director at Senior Friendly Living, LLC
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  • Senior Friendly Living, LLC
    Chief Gerontologist, present
  • Texas Tech University
    Professor and researcher
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    Senior Manager, Strategic Planning
  • Nevada University System
    Vice Chancellor, Technology
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Rapid City, SD - Louiseville, KY - Lincoln, NE - Lubbock, TX - Dallas, TX - Phoenix, AZ - Madison, WI - Washington, D.C. - Independence, MO - Las Vegas, NV - Reno, NV - Philadelphia, PA
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We help older adults make a home safe, healthy and happy... or find a home that is.
Introduction

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, 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. 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.

Backstory
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 retirement-age individuals live safe, healthy and happy in a senior-friendly home and community environment.  

In weekly personal life, I am also founder of a local hiking/learning group, founding member of a local honey bee club, ojwner and trainer of pack goats, and past aerial photographer from an ultralight airplane.

Bragging rights
My only boast is that I don't.
Education
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Ph.D.
  • Missouri State Univ.
    B.S., Mathematics
  • Missouri State Univ.
    M.S., Physics
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    M.S., Computer Science & Statistics
  • Missouri State Univ.
    B.S., Physics
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LIFE AND DEATH IN ASSISTED LIVING:  
(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
The free market, not regulation, will have the greatest influence on safety and quality of care in assisted living, says the president and CEO of the American Health Care Association.
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LOL +Lee Alley 30 years?? I don't know if I'll have to wait that long. Life does get complicated when we least expect it. 
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PRE-PURCHASE IT'S A HOUSE.  THEN IT'S A HOME.  BUT AFTER RAISING A FAMILY IN IT IT'S ONE OF THE FAMILY
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. 
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Reducing stress by elderly persons when selling their home.    If this topic interests you, would you please click through to that page and decide if you want to follow it?  Hope you can use the information!
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Great article and congrats on the feature.
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But, how do you properly dispose of old cans of paint when preparing to sell a person's Rapid City home?  Particularly one of my seniors' real estate clients, an elderly widow who's deceased husband had spent decades saving partially used cans of paint.  Turns out it is very simple.  Here's the "dirt" on how our City Public Works Department instructed me how to do it for her.  (Hey, this could launch a whole new art form.)
#seniorsrealestate   #oldpaint   #RapidCity   #preparinghomeforsale  
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We just completed an extensive months-long Rapid City Senior Needs Assessment and Service Gaps Analysis to help plan for future community development.  I am seeing more and more clients seeking the senior friendly living that Rapid City provides.  This extensive study will be a big help to all of us who provide gerontological services to people in our community.
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FRESH HONEY FOR MY SENIORS REAL ESTATE CLIENTS
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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I was a senior in high school once.  Can I get some honey?
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RAPID CITY'S MAIN STREET SQUARE
is the center of downtown and a center of family fun, community neighborliness, childhood memories.  A great free family attraction that cools a hot day and warms a good heart.
Rapid City's Main Street Square- A Downtown Family Play Area - I was returning from a conversation with a financial planner friend, walked by the Main Street Square in Rapid City. Delighted to find many children and families enjoying the relief from a hot summer day. Right smack dab on Main,
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REPAIRING AN ELECTRIC WHEEL CHAIR in a small town in western South Dakota can be a challenge.  I went to a client's skilled-nursing home to pick up his wheel chair.  It's currently stored in my garage closer to a larger town, awaiting attention.  

When an electric wheel chair goes out, the lost vehicle can impose a major reduction in quality of life for those who depend on one.  Best approach is to already have a backup plan in place, including where and when you can get trained mechanics to repair it and know how to obtain repair parts or have parts fabricated.  
#electricwheelchair  #seniorstransportation  #repairwheelchair 
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we who are mobile forget these points +Lee Alley ...a good deed.
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Even though we may not be able to remember where we parked the car, we "older people often make better decisions than younger people."  That is according to a story reported by PBS' Next Avenue.  Hey, I've "decided" this sure makes sense to me...
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Nearly one half of 85-year-olds will develop some form of dementia.  Medical scientists suggest that "what's good for the heart is good for the brain, too."   Science research studies are giving strong hope that we can help forestall some dementia with a healthy lifestyle of mental stimulation, physical exercise, balanced diet, and social interaction.  That  means go on a picnic hike with several members of a book club?  If you have personally experienced or observed facts relating to these medical science claims, please post it below to share with others.
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+Lee Alley I can tell you that my mom is a book worm and analyzes the stock market and medicare programs.  She is as swift as can be and I attribute it to her challenging her brain at 86.
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