Julie Lee

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

Learn How to Make Your House a Lifelong Home

Learn How to Make Your House a Lifelong Home

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Home modifications can make a world of difference to people who want to continue to live independently as they age. Homeowners in southern Oregon can get information about such features at an April 26 symposium in Medford. Cosponsored by AARP Oregon, the event will include a tour of a certified “lifelong” home, as well as workshops on how to install age-friendly features. Builders and health care professionals will discuss ways to make a home safe and convenient at any age. …

Julie Lee

Simple Exercises to Improve Driver Wellness

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Most people wouldn’t associate driving with exercise. While staying fit is essential to a healthy lifestyle, it is critical to driving safely. This is especially true as we age. Whether it’s squatting to get into your vehicle, turning your head to check blind spots, or flexing your foot to reach the brake pedal, driving is a full-body activity. According to recent research by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab, four areas of …

Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach

Driving Designs: Seven Smart Features for Safe Streets

Posted on 02/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety in the Education and Outreach group at AARP Just think, when today’s 60-year old driver was born, the interstate highway system didn’t exist. Since then, American road design has evolved to improve the flow of traffic and safety for all, including drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Safety Program researches roadway safety designs and technologies, and determines which features make roadway travel …

Q&A with Sharon & Howard Johnson, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists

Q&A with Sharon & Howard Johnson, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists

Posted on 01/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family Sharon and Howard Johnson of Jacksonville, are both National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS). The Johnsons are also co-founders of Age-Friendly Innovators, Inc. Howard is the host of  the AARP RVTV program, Age-Friendly Rogue Valley. What inspired you to go into this line of work?  I don’t think we see it as “work” so much as trying to fill a pressing need to assist the exploding demographic of older adults to remain at home as they age–either …

Keeping Wanderers Safe: Silver Alert

Keeping Wanderers Safe: Silver Alert

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association are asking lawmakers to create a Silver Alert program in Oregon. Modeled after Amber Alert systems for missing children, Silver Alert systems enable authorities to notify the public when a vulnerable adult goes missing. Missing adults often are people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities who wander away from home. About 3 in 5 people with Alzheimer’s will wander at least once, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. If not located within 24 hours, …