Thoughts on senior mobility

Elderly mobility

Mobility is a common issue for seniors in transition. They may find they are paying much more attention to how they will navigate their surroundings, especially if they are relocating to a completely different type of residence. Moving from a traditional home to a retirement home or a condominium may mean “no more stairs” but may require more walking. Why is that?

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Retire – Downsize – Solitude

autumn-trees-and-cabin

Squeezing many tasks into a tight schedule at retirement can carry over into the post-retirement period. It is not unusual to spend a great a deal of time and energy after a downsizing move to get set up in the next location. Taking a tourist vacation in the middle of this may be a change of scene but it is not always a change of pace. This might be the time to insert a complete break from activity along with some peaceful solitude. Here’s why.

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Before Surrendering Mom’s Driver’s Licence

Drivers Licence

A driver’s licence* represents independence and freedom for most people since it allows them to drive anywhere and anytime they want. It is not surprising that the elderly feel a sense of loss when surrendering their licence due to gradually declining health. If your parent or family member owns real property and is facing this situation, you should be aware of an important option before turning in their Ontario licence.

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Downsizing From a Condo

Applewood Landmark

Those who downsize from a condo are usually doing so as a second pass. Their original move was likely completed many years earlier. Often the downsizer is a senior who recognizes that a retirement home is now a better match. However, there are a few differences this time. If this applies to you or your parents, read on.

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Helping a Senior? Listen

Four Most Loving Words

Helping those who very young or very old bears many similarities. The words we say and the intention in our heart can make a huge difference in our relationship. In both cases, listening is the basis of meaningful connections.

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Retire – Downsize – Teach

Teaching a class

Having a purposeful activity in place at retirement is one of the best ways of ensuring a long and satisfying life. As comedian George Burns used to say – “I’ll show up as long as I’m booked.” George lived to age 100. Of all the activities available to us when retiring, teaching is one of the most stimulating and useful. The possibilities are endless and the opportunities to help others is wide. If this applies to you or a family member, here are some suggestions on where to start.

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GTA Real Estate Market – Q3 2018

Market Scan Q3 2018 Logo

Anyone planning to downsize in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), needs to keep current on the real estate market. The following video and matching graphs provide 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 – Write/Blog

Blog-on-beach

A blog is a natural outlet for those who have bottled up stories, opinions and memories to be released when retiring. A busy working or family life can cause one to stuff a lot of content into the background for a future date. If you are looking to channel your thoughts into creative writing, blogging might be for you. Here are some ideas on how to get started.

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Clutter? Use the Salami Approach

Salami

Living in one place for years usually leads to annual increases in the amount of stuff in the home. Even if only a small amount could be called “clutter”, year-by-year growth can gradually amass an imposing pile to deal with. Here is a simple approach to handling it.

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Retire – Downsize – Learn

Never Stop Learning

September always feels like “back to school month” regardless of your age. It is usually a time of renewed energy and anticipation of learning something new. Boomers facing retirement often look forward to completing some unfinished education, testing untapped interests and new fields of learning. Here are some suggestions to get you started if this describes you.

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