Retire – Downsize – Play Music

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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

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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?

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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!

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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 is 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

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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

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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

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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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