Join the Team Making a Difference.
Seniors and boomers are among the most valuable – and fastest-growing – segment of our population.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, there presently are 46.2 million people age 65 or older living the in U.S., representing 14.5 percent of the population. By 2060, it is estimated that the number of seniors living in the U.S. will more than double.
As more members of the population continue to age into the golden years, their needs also will continue to increase. Among the most common needs of the aging is the transition from single-family homes to retirement communities or other housing options designed to accommodate their specific needs.
When the time comes to help them downsize and shape the next phase of their lives, the professionals at the Upside of Downsizing® provide the tips and tools to make the transition to a healthier and more manageable living environment a success. Continue reading
Step up to the Plate During Retirement.
In our last blog, we discussed the issue of depression in seniors and boomers. Unfortunately, it can be common to become a bit blue during the golden years, especially for those who have worked all their lives or who may have experienced a chaotic pace of life prior to retirement. Freeing oneself from those kinds of commitments can actually backfire, making retirement a hard adjustment for some.
But there’s no reason to just sit around and watch life pass you by just because you’ve retired. Retirement is not meant to be a sentence to boredom for the rest of your life. Many people find meaning in life by volunteering their time and talents in their community and beyond. Becoming an active volunteer can be a great way to fill a void left by retirement.
At our Upside of Downsizing conferences, we emphasize the idea that by downsizing your homeownership responsibilities, you can make an enormous difference in the lives of others, while also benefitting personally in many ways through volunteering your time and talents. Continue reading
Recognize the Signs of Depression and Kick it for Good.
When we’re younger, we have this fantasy that retirement and the “golden years” will be full of fun times and free of constraints. We relish the thought of not having to report to work each day, spending time on our favorite hobbies and activities and enjoying life the way we see fit.
But then reality kicks in. Retirement can bring with it a whole host of unexpected issues, which can lead to depression in some seniors and boomers. Some seniors and boomers may believe that becoming depressed as we age is a normal occurrence.
However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression should not be a normal or accepted part of the aging process. While it is true that seniors can be more susceptible to depression, it is not considered a normal part of aging. Continue reading
Learn the Benefits of End-of-Life Planning.
When thinking of going on a vacation, we plan every detail of our getaway down to the last minute. We know where we’ll stay, what activities we plan to engage in and even how we’re going to get there. And chances are, we even know how we plan to pay for it all. So why would we put any less effort into planning our needs for the final stages of our lives?
Yet end-of-life planning is not a phrase that any of us likes to hear, let alone find ourselves saying out loud. However, it has become an important part of the aging and retirement process, and regardless of whether thinking about your death makes you uncomfortable, it is a step in the process that really should not be avoided for your own good, and the good of your family. Continue reading
How to Enjoy Relationships in Multi-Generational Families.
Seniors and boomers have many goals for how to spend their retirement, especially once they’ve shed the immense responsibility that comes with owning a home through the downsizing process.
Spending time alone with personal interests, volunteering and giving back to the community and pursuing a new (or old) hobby are among the top ways retirees said they hoped to spend their new leisure time.
According to the TIAA Voices of Experience 2016 survey, 80 percent of women and 67 percent of men listed connecting with and spending time with family as a top priority for their retirement years. It’s hardly a surprise that, in retirement, seniors and boomers would like to reconnect with their loved ones in this way. During our professional careers, we often are preoccupied with our jobs. It can be easy to neglect family and other important relationships when we make our jobs the top priority in our lives. Continue reading