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Member’s Newsletter-- November 6, 2015

In This Week’s Issue
  • Village to Village Network with Natalie Galucia
  • Join the Home Mod Squad and our Home Modification Working Group
  • HomeAdvisor Releases Aging-in-Place Report in collaboration with the National Aging in Place Council
  • Using an in-home safety checklist to help assess homes for aging in place
  • 12 Numbers to help You prepare for Retirement
  • Chapter Updates
  • Upcoming Events

Village to Village Network with Natalie Galucia

     In recent years the Village movement has grown nationally. There are currently around 200 villages across the country. Villages are membership-driven, run by volunteers and paid staff, they coordinate access to affordable services such as health and wellness programs, home repairs, and social and educational activities. Every village is based around the needs of its community, but at its core it is a one-stop-shop community approach.

Village to Village Network (VtV) is a peer to peer network that helps establish and enhance villages in metropolitan, rural, and suburban communities. Natalie Galucia, the Director of VtV oversees the day-to-day operations of the network. She has a background in social work and years of experience, as well as a passion for working with the aging population. Galucia earned her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. While in school Galucia focused her studies in Gerontology with an emphasis on policy, and completed an internship with Age4Action in Washington, DC. While at Age4Action, Galucia was a policy intern and worked on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Upon graduation Galucia began her career with VtV as a Member Services Coordinator, she now sits Ex Officio on the St. Louis Village board.

     On December 3, 2015 Galucia will be joining NAIPC’s Annual Meeting to give an update on the village to village movement.


Join the Home Mod Squad and our Home Modification Working Group

     Don’t forget to join the Home Modification Working Group on November 9 at 2pm EST, please RSVP to for the agenda and call-in information. This is a great chance to speak with other professionals about the topics that matter most.


HomeAdvisor Releases Aging-in-Place Report in collaboration with the National Aging in Place Council

     HomeAdvisor, a leading nationwide home services marketplace, recently released a report in collaboration with the National Aging in Place Council and prepared by Marianne Cusato, HomeAdvisor’s lead housing expert, analyzing the trends associated with how homeowners modify their homes to ensure safety, comfort, and independent living for as long as possible. “While the report revealed a small number of homeowners are already planning ahead,” says Cusato, “the majority may benefit from the help of informed home service professionals.”

     Highlights from the 2015
Aging-In-Place Report show that while many professionals are prepared to talk to homeowners about aging in place improvements 72% of professionals don’t have any marketing materials targeting those aging in place, over two-thirds are unfamiliar with the term ‘Universal Design,’ and 83% are unaware of the Medicare and Medicaid benefits available to seniors.

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Using an in-home safety checklist to help assess homes for aging in place

      It is no secret that the rate of growth estimated for the aging population is expected to double by the year 2050. Along with this growth is the potential for major challenges to programs such as Social Security and Medicare, as well as to families, businesses, and health care providers. In a recent post from Home Care, the leading business magazine for HME Professionals, Kay Koch, OTR/L, ATP, wrote an article on how the aging population can prepare and evaluate home access needs by using an in-home safety breakdown as a jumping off point.

     The in-home safety checklist includes home entrances, living areas, bathrooms, bedrooms, and the kitchen. The individual assessments focus on everything from doorways to lighting, railings to walkways, height of appliances to accessibility, and safety equipment; fire extinguishers, as well as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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12 Numbers to help You prepare for retirement

    “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato

     Paul Merriman, a retired financial advisor, continues to educate investors, young and old, through his weekly articles on A recent article, pulled from Merriman’s book “Financial Fitness Forever,” is all about the 12 numbers you will need to know to prepare for retirement. Merriman says that if you are organized you can create a comprehensive plan with only 12 numbers.

     The 12 numbers are representative of the most important topics covered when preparing investors for retirement and should be revisited sporadically as retirement approaches. Topics include, but are not limited to, your current cost of living, how many years until retirement, how much is your portfolio worth now, how is your portfolio allocated between stock funds and bond funds, and how risky is your portfolio now?

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Chapter Updates:  

      NAIPC would like to welcome its newest chapter Triangle. Ken Updegrave will be the chair of the North Carolina based chapter and its 15 charter members.
     NAIPC also has chapters forming in Jackson, MS; St. Louis, MO; Hudson Valley, NY; and Boston, MA. Potential new chapters to come in Texas and Tennessee.


Upcoming Events:

11/9/15 Home Modification Working Group
11/12/15 Greater Charleston chapter “Meet and Greet” for Members Only
11/24/15 NAIPC Council of Chapters Conference Call
11/25/15 Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter Meeting
12/2-3/15 NAIPC Annual Meeting
12/29/15 Council of Chapters Conference Call