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Is It Time to Move? 5 Questions to Ask

 Posted by Diane Blum on May 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Are you considering downsizing or moving to a “rightsized” home? Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start asking the right questions today. Begin by evaluating why you are considering a move and list the benefits you wish to gain and the not so desirable qualities of your current space.

Signs It’s Time to Rightsize

 Posted by Diane Blum on May 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Is it time to move to a larger or smaller space? Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start asking the right questions today. Read more to help you evaluate relocating, map out the list of benefits you wish to gain, and what you’d prefer to leave behind in your current space.

No Stranger to Difficult Times

 Posted by Diane Blum on April 14, 2020 at 1:05 PM
Guest Blogger Gina Siegel, Owner of Caring Transitions of Cincinnati East.   My dad was a wise and peaceful man. Born in 1922, he was no stranger to difficult times, and often told me that it would take a common enemy to bring the world together. Back then, my young mind went to aliens – I now see a different form of this enemy: COVID-19. It has been fascinating to watch how our country and others have united under this threat, and I’m proud...

Empty Nesters: Things To Keep In Mind as You Downsize

 Posted by Diane Blum on March 31, 2020 at 10:21 AM
As your children grow and start to venture out on their own, it can certainly leave a wake in your life. Without them in your home, it can start to feel small or overwhelmingly big. With less people to help pitch in, downsizing can become a very viable option. Before you just start throwing things out or thinking the only choice you have is to look for a smaller house, read on for a few tips on things to keep in mind as you downsize. Staying P...

Rightsize or Remain: How to Decide

 Posted by Diane Blum on September 13, 2019 at 7:27 AM

As older adults approach retirement, there are limitless ways to spend your retirement years. One of the first decisions most adults near retirement make is where they want to retire. This is usually an important decision between aging in place or rightsizing to a new home. There are positives and negatives to each decision, but the best way to determine your next step is considering the unique needs for your lifestyle, physical and mental health.

Before deciding if rightsizing or downsizing is the right fit, you should consider five major factors.

Caring For Caregivers: How to Support Caregivers in Your Family

 Posted by Diane Blum on August 14, 2019 at 6:50 AM

For families who take an active role in caring for their loved ones, monitoring and maintaining the best possible care can be a challenge. Decision making and addressing daily needs can be complex for family caregivers. If you have a loved one who is the primary decision maker for a family member’s care, you can help support them to help them with their extra layer of responsibility even if you aren’t directly involved with every decision made.

See valuable tips to help you stay in the loop with your loved one’s care and be a pillar of support for any family caregiver in your life.

Savvy Senior’s Guide to Getting Social: Helping Your Parents Defeat Loneliness

 Posted by Diane Blum on July 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM

When you think of your parent’s well-being you often think of physical health and safety. One of the larger challenges many older adults encounter is loneliness in the form of social isolation. As we age, it may become difficult to stay social. Factors like the loss of loved ones and friends, mobility and overall health often impact how social older adults can be and create social isolation. 

If you notice your parent or loved one could benefit from being social, you should encourage it. According to research by the Center for Advancing Health, older adults “who are socially active and maintain or increase interactions with others as they age have a slower progression of health declines than” those less socially engaged.

Sandwiched Between Stuff: 7 Ways to Help Parents Declutter to Rightsize

 Posted by Diane Blum on July 17, 2019 at 8:40 AM

After living in a home for decades, a home can become packed with items connected to memories, amazing moments, and life events. When you visit your parents, you are more likely to notice the accumulation of items from 30, 40 or 50 years ago while they may not notice it. It’s possible they have become “clutter blind” since these items are associated with memories and moments. You are sandwiched between their belongings and your own. 

If you want to help your parents let go of some of their clutter so they can leap into the next season of their lives, we have 7 steps to get you started.

Are You Ready to Relocate? How to Prepare

 Posted by Diane Blum on May 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM
You’ve decided to move, have chosen a new place and are excited to get ready for what’s next. The hardest part for many people is getting started on what that move looks like after you’ve found your new residence.

Moving can be both a physical and psychological process. From furniture pieces and photos that hold memories, to deciding what to purge, to the labor it takes to move each item, a plan can help simplify the moving process for anyone.

Decluttering Room by Room: 10 Things to Get Rid of in Each Room

 Posted by Diane Blum on April 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM
Clutter can quickly sneak into every room of your home. Each room should have designated spaces for everything that belongs in the room. We have tips to help you decide what should stay and what should go in your bedrooms, the living room, as well as the kitchen and dining room.
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