Many people are planning on aging in place. But is aging in place an adequate strategy as your needs evolve? Lisa Cini believes you can think bigger and design your living space to enable you to be thriving in place. Leveraging emerging technology allows your living environment to adapt to you – instead of the other way around.
Lisa Cini joins us from Columbus, Ohio.
Lisa M. Cini is known as the leading Alzheimer’s and long-term care design expert in the United States and has been widely recognized for her contributions in the field. Lisa continues to design award-winning spaces for seniors as Founder and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio, as well as design for the hospitality industry. Her clients have included the National Hockey League, the United States military, Brio Bravo restaurants, PGA Tour Country Clubs, and various hotels. Cini is the author of Boom: The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preserving Your Freedom and Thriving as You Age in Place, The Future is Here: Senior Living Reimagined, and Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living, How our Family Makes It Work.
Lisa Cini has received over 37 awards, including 16 ASID Design awards and a Distinguished Service Medal for Outstanding Meritorious Service by the Governor of Indiana.
A sought-after speaker, Lisa Cini has been featured on radio and CNN, CBS, FOX, and NBC. She also appeared on Today in America with Terry Bradshaw and is quoted frequently in The New York Times.
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Wise QuotesOn Thriving in Place
“A lot of people think of aging in place as staying in place, but it’s not thriving in place. And I think there’s a difference. I talk a lot about, and have looked at, technology. Our cars adjust to us. So, I’m 4-11, my husband’s thinks he’s six foot, but he is not. He’s like 5-9 or something like that. But our seats are very different. How my mirrors adjust to me, how my seat is heated or cooled. The passenger side has different adjustments where I can plug things in and it can help me control my speed, not to get too close to somebody, and even self-park. And we spend a lot less time in our cars than we do in our homes. Yet our homes, in general, don’t adjust to us, especially as we age. So when we’re talking about aging in place, we’re talking about thriving as we choose where we want to live. And that could be living part of the year in a different area. It could be you’re traveling around the country. It could be that you’re in senior living or you’re staying in your home that you bought when you’re in your twenties and you’ve been there your whole life. So the point is, how do we get that environment to adjust to us, to allow us to feel safe and free and have confidence as we age?”
“There’s a lot of technology that we use every day that people don’t think is technology. Like my glass is technology. Hearing aids are technology. A pacemaker is technology. A glucose monitor that’s on nonstop 14 days at a time is technology. Being able to monitor ourselves, Like you can do with an Aura ring or the Fitbit or even your phones. Hearing aids really can monitor your health very, very well. With data mining, you can predict a stroke or a heart attack about five days before it’s gonna happen. You can see that sleep patterns are interrupted and someone might be able to help you avoid that or having your medications all screwed up. So all those preemptive things are going to be a huge thing. And wearables will probably move more into clothing or something that we have that we put on all the time. So it’s interesting, there’s a place called Dream Scape that is a virtual reality movie theater. And you go and you’re literally in a room about 15 by 15, but you feel like you’re walking around the entire world once you put these goggles on. And I said, do we have to use our glasses with these? And they said, Oh no, it automatically adjusts to your prescription and you can see perfectly. And I’m like, well that’s an interesting thing, right? You can imagine wearing something that is consistently automatically adjusting to what you need. Whether it’s hearing, whether it’s seeing, whether it’s giving you voice, text or being able to translate. I think those things are going to happen like you wouldn’t believe.”
“I am really looking forward to trying some new companion robots. Some of them get a little creepy and some don’t do well rolling around. There are some that are security oriented. Some are a little bit too childlike, in my mind. There’s some stationary ones that are very, very good. But I’d like to have something that moves with me – and they’ve got the suitcases that are doing it already. They’ve got other things, like Pepper. But can I get something that kind of moves around with me or helps me? I’ve got a brand new cat that, with artificial intelligence, really reads you, eyes open and closed, and reacts to you. I think the companion devices that can help reduce loneliness and make us a little bit safer and maybe help clean are great. We’ve had the Roombas, the robots that clean the floor for a long time. And now they’ve moved into a security robot that roams around at night and will call the police if anything comes up. But I’m looking for something that combines all of those together. And there’s some very recent ones that have come out that we may be trialing soon.”
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