We recently spent five hours with old friends. The “caregiver” was looking after a partner with Alzheimer’s 24/7. We had a wonderful time sharing 70 years of memories, mainly with the caregiver, but we were emotionally drained because we were trying so hard to make it a meaningful experience for both of them. We talked … Continue reading Alzheimer’s and the Caregiver
Many years ago a friend spoke these words, “THE PRIORITY IS.” These three words have constantly helped me in so many ways. Priorities can change monthly, daily or even hourly but stopping to ask yourself what the priority is at that particular moment can take some pressure off to try and be “SUPER WOMAN” or … Continue reading THE PRIORITY IS…
We work with many adult children who are in their 60’s and 70’s. Sometimes staying in one’s home is the answer for a parent, but often it isn’t. Each case should be judged on its own merits. This week we were with a widow in her 90’s. She told us that her doctor didn’t want … Continue reading We Don’t Think They Should Move…Really!
The most common mistake people make when downsizing to a home, apartment or retirement residence is to make a decision on emotion and not on two main considerations: What can they afford. What is the lifestyle that would work for them. What is Affordable? Talk with a financial planner you trust or one who comes … Continue reading 2 Major Considerations Before You Downsize
Any move can be a stressful time for the family. It’s even more stressful as we get older and have to downsize from the life we knew to a new life without all of the familiar things we’ve come to love. To help you with all of the decisions that you and/or a family needs … Continue reading Before You Downsize – What You Need To Plan For
A note of caution: When planning renovations try to have them done so they don’t distract from the resale value of your home. Although you plan to live there sometimes it is necessary to sell relatively quickly. There are many renovations that add to the value of a home but some can distract and make … Continue reading Aging in Place Part 2 – Optional Renovations for a Senior-Friendly Home
Most people want to “Age in Place” as long as possible (90% according to AARP). This involves growing older in your own home or in another residence that is more adaptable to future needs. When homes are “senior friendly” and enough services are put in place, seniors can often stay in their own residences. Will … Continue reading AGING IN PLACE – Can I Stay In My Home – Part 1