Years ago it didn’t matter, but now I wish I had asked my parents and grandparents so many questions: What was their first job? (Doug began teaching at a salary of $2800 a year. Judy needed permission from the school board to continue teaching as a married woman!) What did they do for entertainment? (We … Continue reading A Gift for the Next Generation(s)
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