Deb Taylor

Deb Taylor

Viola, 84, was going down the basement stairs to get the clothes out of the dryer, when the phone rang, startling her. One foot slipped, and down she went, landing in a heap on the basement floor. Her cries for help went unheard because she lived alone. “Viola laid there for nine days, and incredibly lived to tell about her harrowing experience.” explained Rickie Gill a nationally certified senior advisor who attended Senior Community Services’ Independent Living Technology Conference held Oct. 14.

The Conference focused on assistive technologies available to help seniors age safely in place and maintain their independence longer.

Deb Taylor is CEO of Senior Community Services ( and its Reimagine Aging Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for older adults and helps seniors and caregivers maintain their independence through free or low-cost services.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.