What is the Emotional Value of Stuff?

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Of all the ways of valuing our stuff, the strongest one is by emotion. Sure, financial and practical/useful measures are important when downsizing but if you run into roadblocks, look for the underlying emotions. Here are three, enduring emotions that may be overpowering or delaying your decluttering plan.

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Words of Wisdom #1 – Dementia

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With the growing number of boomers and seniors each year, there is also an expanding group of experts helping them. Today’s topic is focused on highlighting a few of the resources available in one area that is getting increased attention: dementia. Whether a family helps a parent/grandparent age-in-place or arranges a move to another level of care, the need for dementia training is great. The following “words of wisdom” are sure to help you be more effective in caring for your loved one.

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Retire – Downsize – See Grandchildren

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Grandchildren are a joy to grandparents. No wonder that retiring and downsizing can be a welcome change for grandparents wishing to spend more time with their grandchildren. This is one of the benefits we experienced after my wife retired and we downsized in 2014. Here are some of the ways we have been able to have more fun with our grandkids.

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Remote Elder – Vision Loss – Now what?

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Many families have an elder who suffers some form of vision loss. This is especially difficult for everyone involved if the senior lives remotely from the family. Inevitable questions include: What can be done to help? Who can help? When is a good time to intervene? Our family is currently going through this process with a relative who lives in B.C. and suffers from macular degeneration (AMD). Here is what we are doing about it.

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Words Matter to Seniors

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A conference this past week in the GTA* for professionals helping seniors and their families made it abundantly clear how important words are to elders. Speakers included David Solie (by teleconference), Maureen Tabuchi, Corina Stainsby, Barry Lebow, Chris Newell, Paul Cutajar and Esther Goldstein. Since most of us in attendance are Pivotal Accredited Senior Agents (ASA), our focus is on managing a life transition when helping someone. The words we use and our intent behind the words can smooth an otherwise stressful situation. Here are some valuable takeaways from the presentations and suggested readings.

*Greater Toronto Area

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