For years, we have been sharing with seniors and boomers the benefits of downsizing their homes.
Among other things, downsizing from a large house to a more manageable apartment or condominium frees seniors and boomers up to enjoy activities that otherwise are put on the back burner to maintain a home and yard. Downsizing also is a great way to reduce living expenses, providing extra income to support your favorite charities or to travel and see the world. Continue reading
In September 2015, an 85-year-old driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle in Salem, Ore. Police said he was trying to over-correct his steering wheel when the accident occurred, causing his vehicle to flip onto its roof.
Earlier this month, a 91-year-old driver and his 87-year-old passenger were killed when the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a concrete wall near Hartford, Conn. Police say the driver failed to maneuver his vehicle while approaching a railroad overpass, striking the bridge abutment head-on.
As of 2012, there were nearly 36 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers reflect a 34 percent increase in the number of drivers in this age group since 1999. The same report indicates that the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident increases with age, with an average of 586 older adults being injured daily in crashes. Continue reading
The Golden Years.
It is the popular phrase used to describe the retirement years. It is a time when, free from jobs and the responsibilities that often tie us down when we’re younger, seniors and boomers are encouraged to embrace life and enjoy all that it has to offer.
But it is hard to grab life by the horns and let loose with so many negative images of aging bombarding us every day. While aging brings with it certain unavoidable issues, the fact is, aging is not the end of the world. Continue reading
It is one of the greatest fears of seniors and boomers – leaving their homes and moving to a senior living community. Among other things, they fear a loss of independence, a loss of social opportunities and a loss of overall living space.
These are some of the myths that have surrounded senior living communities for a long time, and can impede the downsizing process. But the reality of what seniors and boomers will find in these communities is quite different. Let’s explore some of the common misconceptions associated with this downsizing option. Continue reading