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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GTA Real Estate Market Q4 2018

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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 give you greater insight for your own decision making.

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Podcast #1 Interview with Wills & Estates Lawyer

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A major life-change such as downsizing often lead to an evaluation of your legal documents including your Will and Power(s) of Attorney. Today’s post features a podcast interview covering this topic with an excellent Wills & Estates lawyer based in Ontario, Canada. Listen to this audio recording, if you are curious about how this may apply to you.

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Looking Back – Looking Ahead on Downsizing

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This past year has seen a consistent pattern of household downsizing in developed countries such as Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia. However, I expect this trend to increase and accelerate in 2019 for three important reasons.
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Keep the Joy – Downsize Christmas

 

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Joy to you this Christmas season!

If you are still working on your final touches for the 25th, you may find some helpful suggestions here. These tips from young experts in minimalism cover popular, Christmas downsizing topics: gifts, decor and budget. A minimalist message for today is very fitting. After all, the first Christmas began in a stable feeding trough. How simple. How humble.
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