Retire – Downsize – Work!

Coffee and work

Aren’t you supposed to stop working when you retire? Nope. Times have changed. More people who are no longer in their full-time job are now working after “retirement”. The reason for this varies. They are still working by necessity, by choice or by invitation. Here’s what I see when surveying the retirement landscape.

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My parent has Alzheimer’s. Now what?

Alzheimer's Disease

Since is Alzheimer’s a gradual, degenerative disease, your family has probably been dealing with the situation for some time. Likely your Mom or Dad is in the Middle Stage of the disease and you are handling healthcare/personal care decisions on an ongoing basis. Now you are also facing decisions involving your parent’s property such as their financial assets and the family home. The steps you take now are critical to achieving a positive outcome for your Mom or Dad and their care.

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You don’t live in an “average” house

Large House

One of the most quoted facts about the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market is the “average selling price”. If you look at prices in the first quarter, you will see that the average selling price rose from $737,000 (rounded) in January 2018 to $785,000 (rounded) in March 2018. However, there are three surprises hiding within these numbers.

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Retire – Downsize – Paint/Draw

Art-water-color

One of the great artistic pleasures of life is painting. However, as anyone who has tried their hand at painting, drawing or sculpting knows, it takes time. If you are close to retirement and had to push your art to the side in the past, you have something exciting to look forward to. Here are six suggestions on how to light a spark in your creativity after you retire.

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Beyond Clutter to the Other Side

Nature Yellow Canola Field

This video advice from a professional teacher and organizer goes beyond the typical suggestions on physical clutter. You will gain insights into digital, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter as well. You will discover the common theme that all forms of clutter share.

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Downsizing Stories – Go South | Health | Debt

Florida palm trees

Stories of others who have downsized can be very helpful in when are in a similar situation. Here are three, video stories of couples who downsized for three different reasons:
* to retire and “go South”
* to respond to a health change
* to get out of debt.

How did it work out for them?

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Keeping your seniors safe at home

Falling down the Stairs

The family home is a source of great comfort for parents and children alike. However, as the family ages, elderly parents are often challenged by unintended hazards in the home. Here are some thoughts on how to spot these hazards along with low-cost suggestions for correction.

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Caught napping while the market changes?

Koala napping

Do you have family members planning to downsize “sometime” but will likely be caught napping if the real estate market changes? Here are some likely reasons they are stuck and what you can do to help them.

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Retire – Downsize – Read

Books to read

Avid readers who are on the threshold of retiring are very enthusiastic about their upcoming retirement. They have a backlog of books to start or finish and lists of authors to explore. Pleasant anticipation seems to be their primary emotion. Here are some thoughts for retiring book fans on Reading Time, Space and Location.

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