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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Helping the Isolated Elderly

Man alone

“For some, aging comes with increased isolation and declining health, as social circles shrink and families change.”
– The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO*

Isolation is proving to be a growing problem for seniors, a challenge for families and a drain on the health care system. Here is an overview of the current situation and suggestions for helping our seniors get connected and supported.

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Elder Parent Care – Share the Load

Family meeting to discuss Mom and Dad

As older parents age, the burden of care usually starts to fall on the grown children. If there are differences in availability, age, distance and financial resources between the siblings, conflicts can arise within the family. Here are some suggestions and resources for dealing with this common situation.

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Physiotherapy for Seniors – Best exercises

elderly-couple-walking

Regardless of whether your senior chooses to age-in-place or downsize, chances are they will need help with maintaining their balance. Here are seven simple but effective exercises that can be done in the home without special equipment. This short video by physiotherapists Bob & Brad is an excellent demonstration of the power of simplicity in action.

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What’s after Stuffocation?

Family room and stuff

Author James Wallman takes readers beyond the typical “how to declutter” approach in handling our stuff and our life to something deeper and more life-changing. This post includes a short video of Wallman along with his suggestion on how to increase our happiness while downsizing our stuff and lifestyle.

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When is Downsizing Over?

Measuring tape

Getting riding of stuff goes hand-in-hand with downsizing your home. After the move is done and you’re in your new place, is it over? Nope. Usually, it goes on after you discover you have more stuff and less space than you thought.

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Beyond Clutter to the Other Side

Nature Yellow Canola Field

This video advice from a professional teacher and organizer goes beyond the typical suggestions on physical clutter. You will gain insights into digital, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter as well. You will discover the common theme that all forms of clutter share.

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Downsizing Stories – Go South | Health | Debt

Palm trees, blue sky, white clouds

Stories of others who have downsized can be very helpful when you are in a similar situation. Here are three, video stories of couples who downsized for three different reasons:
* to retire and “go South”
* to respond to a health change
* to get out of debt.

How did it work out for them?

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