Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds
Emily is the VP of Marketing at Silvernest. She is a lover of language, cats, Mexican food, and Colorado. When she's not thinking about Silvernest, she's enjoying the beautiful scenery in Evergreen, CO.

Recent Posts

Is Aging in Place Out of Reach?

Posted by Emily Reynolds on Aug 23, 2021 10:36:41 AM

The 2021 Silver Survey Finds Older Homeowners May Need Creative Solutions to Realize Their Retirement Lifestyle Dreams

This summer, the Silvernest team started wondering: How do older American homeowners feel about their retirement finances and ability to age in place, 15 months into this new pandemic-framed reality?

 

Because we love data, we commissioned a survey to find out. The 2021 Silver Survey went out to a group of older homeowners, none of which are current Silvernest members. Armed with pre-2020 research on retirement and aging in place, we wanted to see whether older Americans’ plans and prospects are changing—and, if so, how.

 

An Argument Against "Aging In Place"

Posted by Emily Reynolds on Jun 7, 2021 2:11:42 PM

 

According to multiple studies, the vast majority of Americans want to age in placewhich the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as [living] in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It’s no surprise this idea is so popular—as a society, we have begun moving away from institutional living and back towards our homes and communities 

 

But if I didn’t know the definition of “aging in place” and someone asked me if I wanted to do it, I would probably say no. Honestly, aging in place doesn’t sound that great. The term suffers the same mistreatment as many ideas and catchphrases we use to talk about the latter years of our lives—it’s negative, joyless and lacks nuance.  

 

So “aging in place” has a branding problem—who cares? I think we all should. Language shapes the way we see the world and even helps us recognize objects, and my suspicion is that we are narrowing and stifling what aging can be aging by the way we describe it.  

Senior Room Sharing with Silvernest on the TODAY Show

Posted by Emily Reynolds on Jul 3, 2019 9:52:30 AM

While renting out space in your home might get you into a lease, homesharing can give you a new lease on life. Denver residents Eileen and Jeanne discovered many unexpected benefits of co-housing when they signed up for Silvernest and found each other. “I’ve never lived with someone so interested in my life,” says Eileen. “It’s lovely to have a friend in the home. I’d be happy if Jeanne stayed indefinitely.”

Helping Educators to Afford to Live in the Bay Area

Posted by Emily Reynolds on Jun 19, 2019 11:25:10 AM

Oil and water. Fire and ice. Teacher salaries and Bay Area housing costs. These are all examples of things that simply don’t mix.

 

At least for the last one, however, there is a creative solution available. Based on the success of our educator homesharing initiatives in Denver and MiamiSilvernest worked with Teach For America and Encore.org to help young teachers find affordable housing in an expensive city. This time we helped Teach For America educators in the notoriously expensive San Francisco Bay Area!

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 3: Maintaining Friendships as We Age with Joy Loverde

Posted by Emily Reynolds on May 23, 2019 9:15:33 AM

For a multitude of reasons, our friend circles tend to shrink throughout our adult lives, particularly in the later years. At the same time, we know social and community connections are critical contributors to our health and happiness. Senior industry expert and author Joy Loverde joins us for a conversation about why—and how—to make and keep new friends as we age.

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 2: Housing Solutions with Barry Habib

Posted by Emily Reynolds on Apr 30, 2019 12:21:34 PM

We are in the age of the Silver Wave, with 4 million Americans turning 65 every year and living longer than ever. These seniors (and those approaching senior status) are grappling with unprecedented housing questions: Should I stay in my house or sell it? Should I downsize? How can I age in place? Can I afford to stay in my home? Can I afford not to?