Retire – Downsize – See Grandchildren

Grandchildren

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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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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