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)
Many people contact us because they want help in making major decisions. We never tell them what to do but try to listen, ask questions and guide them to make the decisions that will work best for them. We all have decisions to make and often thoughts go through our minds like a hamster running … Continue reading Decision Making Help For Downsizing
Nowadays there are three groups of people downsizing: 90 year old’s are moving to retirement residences, the 70 plus crowd is moving to bungalows, condos or apartments, and the over 50 year old’s are moving to a new LIFESTYLE, be it on the water, on a golf course, near theatre’s, etc. With so many people … Continue reading How a Family Member Can Help a Senior to Downsize
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
We have worked with over 3200 seniors and their families and we are constantly dealing with the fact that most seniors DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. This is because previous generations felt they were leaving their homes to go to a nursing home to die. Many seniors still feel this way, even when … Continue reading I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE MY HOME
Often we consult with seniors, boomers or family members about DOWNSIZING. A frequently asked question is, “What should we bring to the retirement residence (condo or apartment?) ” Their expectations are, that with a floor plan, we will be able to tell them what to bring. They are somewhat surprised when instead we ask, “HOW … Continue reading DOWNSIZING TO A SMALLER RESIDENCE -WHAT SHOULD I BRING?