Family comes first – Senior Care

Elderly Hands

Last Sunday presented a scheduling challenge for me personally. I could have posted another blog article on downsizing or helped a 90-year-old family member. (Guess which one I chose to do?) He came from B.C. to visit another family who is 83 years old and now living in a long-term care home.

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Helping the Isolated Elderly

Man alone

“For some, aging comes with increased isolation and declining health, as social circles shrink and families change.”
– The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO*

Isolation is proving to be a growing problem for seniors, a challenge for families and a drain on the health care system. Here is an overview of the current situation and suggestions for helping our seniors get connected and supported.

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Downsizing Help blog is 1 year old today

1st-Birthday-cake

It is hard to believe that this blog is has been running for one year. Over the course of the past twelve months, a number of themes have developed naturally. Retiring Boomers, Seniors in Transition, Clutter & Minimalism, The Sandwich Generation and The Real Estate Market all provide ample room for interesting topics.

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Retire – Downsize – Volunteer

volunteer hands-up

Retirement usually raises the following question “What will I do with my time?”. Sometimes the question doesn’t get much consideration until after you retire and your daily schedule becomes more clear. After all, you still have your daily routines, responsibilities and time with family and friends. However, wanting to “keep busy”, “make a difference” or “give back” are very common retirement goals. Here are some suggestions on how to find the right volunteer fit for you.

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Elder Parent Care – Share the Load

Family meeting to discuss Mom and Dad

As older parents age, the burden of care usually starts to fall on the grown children. If there are differences in availability, age, distance and financial resources between the siblings, conflicts can arise within the family. Here are some suggestions and resources for dealing with this common situation.

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Physiotherapy for Seniors – Best exercises

elderly-couple-walking

Regardless of whether your senior chooses to age-in-place or downsize, chances are they will need help with maintaining their balance. Here are seven simple but effective exercises that can be done in the home without special equipment. This short video by physiotherapists Bob & Brad is an excellent demonstration of the power of simplicity in action.

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What’s after Stuffocation?

Family room and stuff

Author James Wallman takes readers beyond the typical “how to declutter” approach in handling our stuff and our life to something deeper and more life-changing. This post includes a short video of Wallman along with his suggestion on how to increase our happiness while downsizing our stuff and lifestyle.

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Downsizing to Cottage Country?

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The latest RE/MAX Recreational Property Report offers many insights into buying activity. See details on who is driving demand, market-specific price, sales data, and more emerging trends in Canada’s popular recreational markets. Ontario is featured on Pages 2 & 3 of this table with details on Haliburton, Parry Sound, Collingwood, Muskoka, The Kawarthas and Prince Edward County, etc.

Since this report has just been released today, it is in addition to the regularly scheduled posts that are published here every Sunday afternoon.

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GTA Real Estate Market – Q2 2018

GTA Market Scan - 2018-Q2

Anyone planning to downsize in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), needs to keep informed about the current real estate market. The following video provides a fresh perspective on five key market measurements. The goal is to provide you with greater insight for your own decision making.

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