Letting go of Regrets Brings Freedom in Golden Years

Problems caused by holding to regrets

Learning to Live Without Regrets During our Senior Years.

There are many things that naturally come with age: wrinkles, forgetfulness and a variety of health conditions. It can be easy to sit around, counting up the negatives involves with getting older and the many regrets you have for things left undone.

But mounting evidence suggests that seniors and boomers who maintain a positive attitude and choose to focus on the good things in life are not only likely to be happier, but also healthier.  Thinking positively can help to reduce stress, which is a contributing factor in many health conditions, including heart disease. Continue reading

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When Downsizing, One Size Does Not Fit All

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Put Your Downsizing Dream on Wheels.

There is little doubt that downsizing from a large home to an apartment or senior living community can be a challenge, especially when it comes to reducing the amount of belongings we own in order to successfully make the move. For some people, the bigger the home, the more items they have to recycle, donate or discard as part of the process.

It can be even more challenging to downsize when the choice being made for your future living quarters is even smaller than the typical senior apartment. But for some people, the dream of selling most of what they own and moving into a recreational vehicle (RV) is part of the downsizing process.

While it’s not a traditional choice when downsizing, the most recent U.S. Census estimates place the number of U.S. residents living full-time in an RV at 1 million. A total of 8 million Americans reported owning an RV. Continue reading

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Adult Children Play Key Role in Downsizing Process

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How to Help Aging Parents Make the Decision to Downsize

Chances are, we all know an aging friend or relative who currently is living in their own home who probably would benefit from making the decision to move to a senior living community or other assisted living environment.

Identifying someone in this situation, and convincing them that they need to make a change, are two very different things. Oftentimes, adult children of aging boomers and seniors are placed in this situation and have a difficult time figuring out how to have this conversation with their parents. Continue reading

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When it Comes to Home Values, Trust and Verify

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Knowing how to Value Your Home is Key Step in Downsizing Process

As we have discussed in previous articles, the sale of an existing home or property often is part of the downsizing process for seniors and boomers.

There are a lot of steps involved in getting your property ready for sale, including determining its market value. While many people immediately turn to a real estate agent for assistance in this area, the Upside of Downsizing recommends a number of other ways to evaluate the worth of your home before calling in an agent to list it on the market. Continue reading

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Letting go of Family Traditions

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Trade in Family Traditions for Less Stress

Take a minute, close your eyes and picture one of your favorite family traditions. Maybe it’s sharing Thanksgiving dinner at mom’s house with the extended family. Maybe it’s that extraordinary holiday party your grandma throws each year. How about the family reunion an aunt organizes and hosts every year?

We all have our favorite family traditions, most of which involve large gatherings with family members that include food and fun.

As we age, these family traditions can be both enjoyable and stressful. While we relish the opportunity to reminisce with friends and family, share a meal or attend a social event, if we are the ones who are hosting the event or in charge of organizing it, that task can become more difficult as we get older. Continue reading

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