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Should I Stay (at Home) or Should I Go?

Although the vast majority of Americans (about 90 percent over age 65) want to stay in their homes to live out their golden years, unfortunately, it’s not always that simple.  As time marches on and we age, homes that were perfectly functional to us can pose obstacles later on as our abilities decline. Think about when you were young and could bound up and down the stairs. As you age, [...]

By |2022-01-17T12:34:22+00:00January 17th, 2022|Aging In Place|0 Comments

What Happens When an Older Adult Has No Children to Help?

Across the globe, nearly 40 percent of older adults (aged 60 and older) live with extended family who are there to assist them when they need it. But in the United States, older people are far less likely to live this way. In fact, only about 6 percent do, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. This leaves a large proportion of older adults either living on their own [...]

By |2021-11-13T12:20:16+00:00November 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maintaining Your Home’s Value While Aging in Place

Maybe you’ve seen it in your neighborhood. A once-lovely home starts to show signs of neglect over months or years. A shingle or two might be missing from the roof, the yard is overgrown with weeds, algae is covering the siding and the front lights are not working. What appears on the outside is often a reflection of the inside of the home. Maybe the under-the-cabinet kitchen sink pipes have [...]

By |2021-10-14T21:00:21+00:00October 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Costs of Unpaid Caregiving

When was the last time you thought about how caregiving would be handled once you or your loved one’s health starts declining? It is an important question to ask yourself because more and more people are needing care in America as our population ages. Yet most of the care provided in the United States right now is by unpaid family members or friends. In fact, millions of individuals provide care [...]

By |2021-09-30T20:12:23+00:00September 9th, 2021|Aging In Place, Caregiving|0 Comments

Safely Age in Place with Everything in its Place

When thinking of our loved ones aging in place, it’s tempting to think their home will remain clean and orderly and they will happily and safely live in it. Of course, life often gets in the way and messes and disorganization can result. Papers can start piling and items might not always get put away. Sometimes clutter accumulates on couches and sometimes on the floor. Either way, an out-of-place item [...]

By |2021-09-30T20:26:57+00:00July 21st, 2021|Aging In Place, Independence|0 Comments

Does Your Loved One Need Help Managing Daily Finances?

Mike is 85 years old and has always handled his family’s money and bills. Unfortunately, Mike recently had a stroke, is in the hospital and incapable of paying the bills. His wife, Sarah, has never handled their money so doesn’t even know where to start.  ***********  Maria is 90 and has lived alone for the past 15 years. She missed paying a few bills in recent months and is now [...]

By |2021-09-02T20:33:46+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Bill Paying, Independence|0 Comments

Is Your Home Safe for ‘Aging in Place’?

When thinking of living out our golden years, some of us may have grand plans like moving to a warmer climate or to a retirement community. But the reality is most of us want to remain right where we are. The vast majority — about 90 percent — of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, according to research by AARP. Additionally, [...]

By |2021-09-30T20:28:23+00:00May 19th, 2021|Aging In Place, Independence|0 Comments

Do You Know if Your Loved Ones Are Okay? A Checklist for Families

Whether it’s been a while since you’ve seen your parents or you are able to visit them regularly, would you know if there was a problem with them living independently?  You might not. Sometimes the signs are subtle and don’t fully arise until bigger problems occur. Early Action The best time to help your loved ones stay living independently is by catching problems in the early stages when they might [...]

By |2021-09-30T20:29:03+00:00May 19th, 2021|Aging In Place, Independence|0 Comments

Now What? Reuniting with Loved Ones After COVID Vaccination

After a long, hard year, the time has finally arrived for some families who’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 to reunite. Maybe loved ones have been in an assisted living facility where the doors were closed to visitors until recently. Or maybe senior parents living on their own have been vaccinated and they feel safe to spend time together again. Whatever the reason, many families can’t wait to get back together. [...]

By |2021-09-30T20:29:30+00:00March 5th, 2021|Aging In Place, Caregiving, Independence|0 Comments

The Snowball Effect on Independence

The new year is an exciting time: One of new beginnings and the opportunity for change that no other time of year seems to represent. Now is a good time to take stock of all areas of your life or your elderly loved ones’ lives to make sure they’re prepared for life’s unknowns, especially if they want to continue living independently in their home. After last year and the pandemic [...]

By |2021-09-30T20:21:09+00:00January 18th, 2021|Aging In Place, Independence, interdependence|0 Comments
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