Care Managers Help Navigate the Maze of Downsizing Options

Care managers consult with a senior

Downsizing can be a lot to manage on your own, and it is easy to become overwhelmed with the entire process. That is where a case manager may be able to help. Sometimes called care managers and care coordinators, these professionals specialize in providing a number of services designed to aid individuals and families facing complicated situations such as downsizing. They will work with you to help identify goals, needs and resources in the most cost-effective manner possible. Continue reading


Downsizing Disagreement? Employ the Right Tools to Negotiate a Deal

Seniors often work with counselors

Owning a home may be the quintessential American dream, but sometimes dreams need to be revised, making downsizing a necessity.

What happens when one spouse sees the need for downsizing, but the other disagrees? What happens if neither homeowner wishes to downsize, but the burden of assisting them in their current home is too great for their adult children?

Convincing a loved one to make a change is never an easy venture, but it can be accomplished when employing the right tools for the job. Continue reading


Aging in Place Not Always Best Option for the Golden Years

aging in place options

According to the AARP, most Americans over the age of 50 would prefer to “age in place.” In numerous studies conducted by the association, those surveyed indicated their desire to remain in their homes through the end stage of life. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as the “ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

There is no shortage of vendors willing to help those who wish to age in place, including custom home builders and home-care providers with services designed to be delivered to your doorstep. Continue reading


Does Your Industry Fit?

Many industries offer professional help at the Upside of Downsizing conference

What would you say if I told you that over 50 different business and industry professionals play a role in the downsizing process?

From counselors and estate-planning attorneys, to resale stores and massage therapists, there are a lot of hands involved when people make the decision to downsize.

How, exactly, you might ask, does a massage therapist play a role in downsizing? As anyone who has been through the process can tell you, it’s a very physically and emotionally-draining experience. Massage is known for its stress-reducing abilities, so getting a massage before, during or after the process may help to keep your head in the game and stress at bay.

Resale stores often end up with items that downsizers do not wish to take with them for the move, but are too useful to be thrown in the trash. Counselors can help with the emotional aspects of downsizing, while estate-planning attorneys help to ensure your assets are protected.

Photographers and memory-book services also can be involved in the process, helping to capture memories of the home that will be left behind in the process. For many, it is a home in which they raised children or have lived for many years. Continue reading