News Bits & Trends: 3/11/15

By: Susan Berman Hammer

Super Model and Other Legends “Stand Up for Aging!”

A world famous super model joins other female legends over the age of 70 who have recently made news by “standing up for aging” in major fashion campaigns! The super model -- Carmen Dell'Orefice -- graces the special spring edition cover of New You, a well-known magazine. The 83-year-old is wearing all black, long gloves and pearls. In spite of childhood struggles, three marriages, investment losses and physical pain, she is resilient, to say the least!

Check out the other 70+ legends who have recently appeared in high-profile fashion magazines and ad campaigns:

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“Universal Design” Products Ahead as Boomers “Age Gracefully” in their Homes

Are you ready for the next wave of innovation in home and furniture design, accommodating the housing needs of Baby Boomers, the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history? Not long ago, this generation  of 77 million helped propel the boom and bust cycles of the housing market and they’re shaping it yet again!

A recent California Realtors’ survey confirms what most of us suspect  -- Baby Boomers (ages 51 to 69) plan to “age gracefully” in their current homes. According to the survey, 59% of Boomers in the U.S. do not intend to sell their homes when they retire. 

Forward-thinking home designers and furniture manufacturers are creating universally-designed products, which not only are highly-styled and unique, but also functional and safe, according to Mitzi Beach, a Boomer design expert, writer and educator. Read about her favorite “universal design” finds, including the electrical lift range pictured above. The range was featured in the recent Kitchen & Bath International Show (KBIS2015) in Las Vegas.

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Susan Berman Hammer brings more than 35 years of professional communications, management and parenting experience as well as journalism training to The Honey Good team of writers. Susan is also PR counsel and a business strategist to Susan previously served as the Senior VP-Account Supervisor of a Chicago PR agency and later headed her own agency. She earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University. Follow Susan on Twitter: @SueBermanHammer