Dirt Shirts

Dirt Shirts are an eco-friendly way to keep your clothes clean while eating!  It is an extra shirt that functions as a bib! What we at GoodDesignAgeWell like about the bibs is their ageless branding and that they are for messy eaters, regardless of age.  Who doesn’t love a messy BBQ lunch or crab fest?

They are great for:

  • Commuters who eat in the car
  • BBQ lovers.
  • Artists
  • Messy eaters!


Spotted in Springwise, Margo Roth of jemfruits has createed, “Dirt Shirts – an alternative to a tied napkin or traditional adult-sized bib that offers a more stylish  way to keep messy eaters’ clothes clean. Dirt Shirts are essentially regular collared, button-down shirts with the sleeves and most of the back removed. Adults in need of a little extra clothing protection while they eat simply slip the neck opening over their head, and the front of the shirt covers their own garments; most are lined, unless the fabric is heavy enough to do the job alone.  Dirt Shirts are available in a variety of styles, patterns and lengths for about USD 19. “

At GoodDesignAgeWell we strive to highlight the best and most innovative products.  But sometimes it is easier to find the best by comparing it to the worst.  If you don’t think the Dirt Shirt is that great, checkout one of your alternative choices, the institutional styled Crumb Catcher™ for $39.99.


I guess the Crumb Catcher is twice as expensive becuase you get added features like the “food catcher with trough,” the self-ties,  and a neck cutout that allows for an, oh so comfortable “snug fit under the chin.” And if that doesn’t give you a tailored look and feel it “….can be taped in place for complete coverage.”

Is it really just marketing?  Is it based on superior functionality? Or both?

You decide which bib you want – the Dirt Shirt vs  the Latex free Crumb Catcher™

JOB AD: Must Be At Least 60 Years of Age.

You may either be searching for a job or know some one who is.  The Ladders.com, a job site for $100K job seekers recently posted an article for mature job seekers, “How to Overcome Age-Based Excuses.” Glad the Ladders is addressing an important topic.

On the flip side, and with a dose of laughter for this “economic winter”,  there is a job posting of sorts for those of at least 60 years of age.  OldJewsTellingJokes.com also require the joke-tellers to be Jewish and to tell their favorite joke.


“Storytelling is a Jewish tradition.  You’ve probably seen Fiddler on the Roof.  Whenever they ask the Rabbi a question, he tugs thoughtfully on his beard and says  “let me tell you a story.” Then they sing.

Jokes are like stories, but shorter and funnier. Old jokes tend to have a stigma, but they only last if they’re good. Some of the best ones provide a window to the culture of a bygone era.  They can reveal the concerns of a generation or even the generation before.  Anxieties of coming to a new country, of prospering, of assimilating, of having families, of fearing and worrying about, well, everything. Humor was and is the ultimate anti-depressant.”

Laugh and enjoy – it is good for your health.

Free Articles – Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments

The first issue of The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments has just been published and four of the articles can be accessed online free of charge. Click here.


Click on the first issue and the free articles have a green mark in front of the titles.  The subscription fee for this journal for 2009 is regularly priced at €338 / US$490

Visit www.iospress.com for more options and information.

“Nike Adult Playground”

The blog, whatiftheydid, is a new favorite destination of mine for innovation and inspiration.  It is a blog of ‘what if’ ideas, a collection of random thoughts, advertising ideas and ideas for the real world. One of their random ideas is a Nike adult playground which reminded me of LifeTrail by PlayWorld Systems.


The LifeTrail outdoor fitness equipment is a collection of 10 different exercise stations that encourage adults to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The Welcome Station provides information on the basics of using LifeTrail. The panels describe the general benefits of exercise and give instructions for optimizing the use of LifeTrail based on physical ability. This station also addresses the need for users to consult their physician or healthcare professional prior to beginning any exercise program.

The Welcome Station

The Welcome Station

The Balance Station is one of the 10 exercise stations. Balance exercises are an important component of any fitness program for older adults, especially since falling is the leading cause of bone fractures for this population.

The Balance Station

The Balance Station

In a related story, the International Council on Active Aging and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) team of experts recently released the NIA exercise guide. The 2009 version of Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging is now available online to view/download, or to order a free copy (U.S. only), please visit: www.nia.nih.gov/exercise.


On of the main points highlighted is the difference between physical activity and exercise.

“Both terms refer to the voluntary movements you do that burn calories. Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog, raking leaves, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class.

Physical activity and exercise are both important and can help improve your ability to do the everyday activities you enjoy.  The bottom line? There are many ways to be active every day. Find something you enjoy doing, include it in your regular routine, and try to increase your level of activity over time.”

LoJack For People and Possessions

A personal GPS locator device to keep track of people, pets and luggage.


Azadeh Ensha from the NYTimes reports that “Location Based Technologies’ PocketFinder is a GPS device that lets you locate the holder anywhere in the United States via the Internet. PocketFinder, about the size of an Oreo cookie, can fix its location within 30 feet. Users can track someone’s whereabouts through the Internet or a Web-enabled smartphone, or by text message or phone.

PocketFinder lets you designate safety zones and danger zones, and alerts you if the device enters or leaves such areas. It can also track how fast the device is moving and notify you if a preset speed limit is exceeded (parents of teenage drivers, take note).

You can also place the PocketFinder, which is waterproof, on your pet’s collar or your luggage. The device can run up to seven days on a charge and will text, call or e-mail you when it’s running low on juice.

The PocketFinder will be available in March for $130 and a monthly service fee.

Think of it as a LoJack, but for people.”

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Mama said, “Wash Your Hands!” – Design for Behavior Change.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists “improved handwashing compliance associated with more attractive and accessible products” as one of two recommendations to prevent and control serious hospital-acquired infections.

Springwise recently featured PatientPak, “…an integral B2C approach to their prevention. Sold and marketed to consumers instead of to health institutions, PatientPak is a collection of antimicrobial and other hygiene items for those planning a hospital visit. Its aim: to kill 99.99% of bugs, including nasties such as MRSA, salmonella and E. coli. GBP 16 buys a set of fourteen different germ prevention items to be used during a hospital stay, ranging from hand, surface and fabric sanitizing sprays to an advice leaflet, disposable pen and polite bedside sign to remind others to wash their hands.


Separately, much of the pack’s contents are readily available, but by bundling a range of products for a specific purpose, the brand has created a new product that should speak both to consumers’ worries and to their desire for convenience

The Telephone as the New Social Network Service.


Wikipedia defines a social network service as a service that “…focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services.”

In addition to web based social network services there is an innovative telephone based social network  service, Senior Center Without Walls, which offers activities, conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to those who don’t travel to their neighborhood community senior center. You can participate from home through telephone conference calls. No special equipment is needed and the calls are completely free.


The promise of virtual reality conference calls via a platform like Second Life has not been widely adopted. Companies still use the basic telephone conference call to conduct important business.

Sometimes innovation requires a reexamination and reuse of existing products and services.

Aging Services of California’s 2009 Public Policy Conference

Take leadership to the next level and be part of the change for the future.

Conference Highlights:

Pioneering Livable Design and Assistive Technology
Eskaton and collaborating organizations are pioneering innovative solutions in home design and technology. that will enable seniors to maximize their independence and remain in their own homes. Experience first hand how innovative home design and emerging technologies can accommodate the needs of today and in the future while touring the Eskaton National Demonstration Home. You will then participate in a two hour discussion on creating collaborative partnerships for innovation.

Technology Expo

Technology that’s accessible, affordable and saves lives: Get a reality check at Aging Services of California’s first Technology Exhibition at the State Capitol. Take this opportunity to experience innovative technologies in senior living and care.

  • American Health Tech, Inc.
  • Dakim, Inc.
  • Eskaton
  • Family Virtual Visits
  • GrandCare Systems
  • Halo Monitoring, Inc.
  • Salient Networks
  • Intel
  • GE Healthcare Systems
  • HealthHero

Not Your Father’s Grab Bar.

We have all seen the bent stainless steel tubes that snake across public restrooms. Although useful, they are rarely welcomed into homes because of their institutional look.


The Kohler Belay Handrail allows the expensive tile you chose for your spa bathroom to continue without visual interruption.

K-1846-MX 54" handrail in Matte Nickel.

K-1846-MX 54" handrail in Matte Nickel.

“Convenience and enhanced wellbeing welcome you in your customized showering environment. Belay handrails ensure your safety and security in the shower without interrupting the aesthetic appeal of tiled walls. An integral water channel allows handrails to drain and dry completely for ease of cleaning. Belay handrails may be installed at various heights to accommodate your individual needs and finish-matched to coordinate with your KOHLER® shower faucetry.”

  • Finishes (Satin Silver, Bright Polished Silver, Brushed Nickel, Matte Nickel, Anodized Brushed Bronze) coordinate with Kohler shower doors and faucets
  • Integral water channel to eliminate water from pooling in the hand rail
  • Installation can be on one, two, or three walls of a shower or bath
  • Grip rails can be cut to length for custom sizes
List price*: $236.25 and up

THE GREEN HOUSE® Design Charrette


“THE GREEN HOUSE® model creates a small intentional community for a group of elders and staff. It is a place that focuses on life, and its heart is found in the relationships that flourish there. A radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities, The Green House model alters facility size, interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional services. Its primary purpose is to serve as a place where elders can receive assistance and support with activities of daily living and clinical care, without the assistance and care becoming the focus of their existence. Developed by Dr. William Thomas and rooted in the tradition of the Eden Alternative, a model for cultural change within nursing facilities, The Green House model is intended to de-institutionalize long-term care by eliminating large nursing facilities and creating habilitative, social settings.”

THE GREEN HOUSE Design Charette Winners

THE GREEN HOUSE® Project DVD Request Form

Free DVD: “Where Love Matters” (Run time is 35:35 minutes)
Highlights the successes, challenges and stories of four operating Green House® projects, as told by elders, staff, and family members. Includes an overview of The Green House model.