After 22 years of helping seniors downsize, pack and move, I have noticed a disturbing trend. My senior clients are intimidated about asking their children for help when faced with a major move. The problem seems to originate in the hearts and minds of those aging parents. Even when faced with the burdensome cost of…

block calls

It happened again last night at dinnertime. You were just getting ready to sit down when the phone rang. You answered, only to hear a robotic voice tell you about some amazing carpet cleaning deal in your area. Earlier that same day, you got a call from a pushy telemarketer who wanted to sell you…

undecorating

Undecorating … bah humbug! Because tearing down all the signs of the holiday season isn’t much fun—maybe even a little depressing—you may find yourself tossing everything in a huge jumbled pile in the storage closet after New Year’s and quickly pulling the door shut until next year. Here are some clever ways to quickly organize…

holiday gift thieves

Last holiday season UPS said they would deliver over 750 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. That is a lot of packages. However, a new survey conducted by the experts at Wakefield Research shows that one in four people have reported being a victim of package theft. The statistics are startling, but you…

haircut

It’s More Than Just a Haircut We all know there are obvious physical reasons why a haircut would be good for someone (too long, looks messy, getting in your eyes, etc.)  However there are three benefits you cannot see.  These benefits happen under the surface and effect people on a deeper level, a heart level.…

“The stairs are getting so hard to climb. “Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner. “I’ve lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home. These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish—“I want to stay in my own home!” The good…

safe home

How secure is your home? At first glance you may think that your residence is a pretty safe place to live. But take a closer look, you may be surprised at how at-risk your home actually is. Be Careful of What You Share on Social Media Criminals are getting crafty with how they locate their…

remodeling

Ah, retirement. Time to kick back and relax, right? Not exactly. Now that you have reached retirement age, you might find that your home is not well suited for aging in place. This year might be the best time to get all of the projects done you have been thinking about over the years. Here…

downsizing the family home

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can “age in place.” So what does that mean? It means with minor adjustments like chair lifts or ramps or major ones like remodeling a bathroom or moving a laundry room, you can stay longer in the home you love and are used to. But for most…

aging stereotypes

Stereotypes about aging are all around us. If we’re over a certain age, we can’t move as fast, walk as far, understand technology, appreciate current music, come up with innovative ideas, eat spicy foods, keep up with fashion, or heaven forbid, be considered “sexy.” And that’s just the short list! Sure, some of these stereotypes…

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