Technology is making it possible for Americans to age in place

Mel Washburn is a former firefighter, professor and litigation attorney. Whether fighting fires in a building, a classroom, or the courtroom, he realized once he retired that 90% of his social life had revolved around work.

Washburn, 77, knew he needed to find a way to build a social network in retirement. Washburn also knew that he and his wife, Pam, 75, wanted to continue living independently in their own home.

He quickly learned that technology could play a vital role in accomplishing both goals.

Early members of The Village Chicago, a membership-based organization whose purpose is to connect and