Retire – Downsize – Golf

Golf putt

Avid golfers who are close to retiring usually look forward to more golfing on retirement. Some ensure there is more “time on the green” by downsizing to a golf community with like-minded retirees. For Canadians, there are at least three variations of this approach that allow for maximum time on the course despite Canadian winters.

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When your elderly parents live with you

Grandma and mom

As the boomer bulge works its way through the decade, some of the sandwich generation and their parents are living together. The two main reasons for this decision are either choice or necessity. Some families look forward to the new reality and others are somewhat apprehensive. These curated video-stories of two families who have done so will give you insight into what this living arrangement is like.

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Your Natural Declutter Method?

Declutter Methods

No one needs strategies on how to acquire stuff but we are always looking for help on how to organize and get rid of stuff. The minimalism trend has strongly influenced the most popular methods that you may have tried or heard of. Some are more practical than others. There are probably one or two that you find “natural” for your personality and lifestyle. Here are three of the most famous ones.

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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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