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?

Deckchairs-and-lake

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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Retire – Downsize – Play Music

Music quote

Having a busy life as an adult often means that some of our personal interests get put off until “someday”. Learning or playing a musical instrument is one of the desires of the heart that get pushed aside for more pressing responsibilities. Taking your singing voice beyond the shower may also be a long-time dream. Retirement can provide a great opportunity to unpack your long-hidden musical interests and bring them to the forefront. Here are a few suggestions on how you can get connected and let loose.

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How to Help Your Parents Age in Place

Window and old dog

If you are helping your parents age in place, an effective approach is to address the six areas of focus that most retirement homes offer. With proper assessment, planning, and finances you may be able to simulate many of the features of a retirement home environment for your parent(s). This will allow you to honour your parents’ wishes and prolong their time in the family home.

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When is Downsizing Over?

Measuring tape

Getting riding of stuff goes hand-in-hand with downsizing your home. After the move is done and you’re in your new place, is it over? Nope. Usually, it goes on after you discover you have more stuff and less space than you thought.

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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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