The end of November starts the annual holiday season, with families gathering first for Thanksgiving celebration, and again in December for Christmas and Hanukkah and other year-end holidays.
For some families, it is one of the few times during the year they are able to spend with aging parents. If those parents are still living at home alone, the holidays can be a time to not only get together and share a meal and some memories, but also a time to assess whether it’s time for mom and dad to get a little assistance. Continue reading
A house is more than just four walls. Our homes hold memories of our lives, and it can seem like walking away from those memories when the time comes to sell.
Downsizing can be a difficult process for many reasons, but the grief associated with selling a longtime home is at the top of that list. Perhaps you are among the homeowners who designed and built their home, pouring a lot of time and energy into the process. Selling it, regardless of how much profit you make, can seem like a betrayal. Continue reading
Many seniors and boomers put off the decision to downsize because they want to keep their current home. It’s not that they’re necessarily interested in living in their current home, but do not see the benefit in selling it at the time.
Perhaps one of their children would like to live in the home, but is unable at this time to afford to pay the property taxes, utilities and maintenance fees associated with owning a home. The market also is favoring buyers instead of sellers at this time, so some home owners wish to hold onto their homes until the market is more favorable to them as sellers. Continue reading
Ever dreamed of traveling the world, visiting places you never had the time – or the money – to visit when you were younger? Many people enjoy retirement travel once the kids are out of the house and the rigors of a daily job are no longer an issue.
But if you own a home, there still is a stumbling block to any adventurous plans you may have for your golden years. Houses require a lot of work, especially if you plan to leave them for an extended period of time. Who will mow the grass or shovel the snow? Who will make sure the windows and doors remain secure in your absence? If a pipe bursts while you’re away, who will clean up the mess and call a plumber for repairs? There’s little doubt about it. Leaving behind a home to travel can be a huge pain. Continue reading
There are many providers involved in the downsizing process. From real estate professionals to estate planning attorneys, a number of professionals can assist. Occupational therapists are among those who play a vital role in downsizing.
Occupational therapy practitioners work across the age span, according to Natalie Anderson, an occupational therapist and owner of OTPlus in University Place, WA. “However, specifically with seniors, OTs address all aspects of aging, from wellness strategies to treatment following injury, disease or disability,” she said. “With a focus on function, OTs help keep older adults independent and safe, and maintain their ability to engage in meaningful and productive activities.” Continue reading