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What a Mess This Could Be!

 Posted by Jim Morgan on September 13, 2019 at 5:54 PM
Thank you to this week's guest blogger Jennifer Rozelle, Attorney at Hunter Estate & Elder Law.Meet Wanda.Wanda is 71 and is moving from her beloved house that she raised her two children into an independent living community for seniors. While packing up, Wanda discovers her old estate planning documents inside her fireproof safe. She truthfully had not given too much thought to them since they were prepared twenty-five years ago. Curious as ...

Rightsize or Remain: How to Decide

 Posted by Jim Morgan 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.

Organizing the Home to Age In Place

 Posted by Jim Morgan on September 13, 2019 at 7:20 AM
If you’ve decided to remain in your own home for the later years of your life planning to organize your home to be more functional is essential. Getting organized has both physical and mental benefits to healthy aging. An organized home is linked to boosted mental clarity, lower stress levels, and lower risk of injury. Each of these benefits can extend quality of life now and in the long run.  Getting organized can become simple with a pl...

Clearing the Empty Nest

 Posted by Jim Morgan on September 13, 2019 at 7:09 AM

After raising children, your home can start to become a storage unit for the things your child couldn’t or didn’t take with them. You can accumulate quite a few items from toddler year toys to teenage band craze posters or memorabilia in addition to items you’ve owned since before you were a parent. This is why it is essential to clear the clutter from your empty nest.

To prepare for your next phase in life as the parent of adult children, we have a few tips to help you bring a new level of order and organization to your home.

Creating A Healthy Home

 Posted by Jim Morgan on September 13, 2019 at 6:58 AM
September is Healthy Aging Month. We understand the importance of a healthy home for older adults and want to help you create a place you can enjoy being the best version of you. The biggest concerns most older adults face are safety, accessibility, and sustainable independence. We have tips to help you or a loved one create a healthy home to age in place.

What's Behind the CICOA Royal Blue Tablecloth

 Posted by Jim Morgan on August 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM
"This month we have Melinda Winnie, Community Programs Coordinator for CICOA, as our guest blogger."They see the royal blue tablecloth with “CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions” printed boldly in white and then they look at me and say, “I’m not old yet… I don’t need you!” I have lost count of how many times this has happened to me at community health and resource fairs. As a 28 year-old, I get it! The last thing I want to worry about at this poin...

Caring Transitions on the Radio

 Posted by Jim Morgan on August 14, 2019 at 4:14 PM
Thank you Caregiver's Crossing radio show on WIBC and with Joy's House Adult Day for having us on your program. Caregiver Crossing Radio

The Best Bargains and Buys for Baby Boomers

 Posted by Jim Morgan on August 14, 2019 at 7:10 AM

As your style and life changes over time, there are some items that are essential for every room of your home and even your closet. For Baby Boomer’s maintaining independence is a necessity for aging gracefully. Whether living alone and aging in place or settling into a senior community, there are great “must-have” products and items you should look for to make your space work for you. If you want to shop smart, see our list to help you save and spend more on the things you want to do.

The Guys Guide to Resale Gadgets & Gear

 Posted by Jim Morgan on August 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Whether it’s gadgets like TV’s, smart speakers and cell phones or gear like fishing rods and sports equipment, the fact remains purchasing retail can be expensive and leave you displeased when it’s time to upgrade to something new shortly after your purchase. Markups on retail items are often between 50-500%. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.”

One way to purchase the items you love at reasonable prices is shopping resale for like-new quality at a fraction of the retail price. Quality gently used or resale items are appealing for more than price, quite often you can afford higher quality items with a smaller budget that will ultimately last longer.

Caring For Caregivers: How to Support Caregivers in Your Family

 Posted by Jim Morgan 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.

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