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How Sandwich Gen Caregivers Can Help Parents Stay Social

 Posted by Alison Patterson on July 14, 2020 at 10:05 AM
When you think of caring for aging parents, most people believe it includes caring for physical needs like food, medical care, or mobility related issues. Although the physical aspect of care is extremely important, social well-being has equal importance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in every three seniors live and age alone. Among seniors who live alone senior loneliness can be common, especially during a pandemic where social in...

Is It Time to Move? 5 Questions to Ask

 Posted by Alison Patterson on May 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Are you considering downsizing or moving to a “rightsized” home? Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start asking the right questions today. Begin by evaluating why you are considering a move and list the benefits you wish to gain and the not so desirable qualities of your current space.

Signs It’s Time to Rightsize

 Posted by Alison Patterson on May 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Is it time to move to a larger or smaller space? Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start asking the right questions today. Read more to help you evaluate relocating, map out the list of benefits you wish to gain, and what you’d prefer to leave behind in your current space.

Moving the Clutter Before the Move

 Posted by Alison Patterson on April 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Moving day can be stressful and planning can help alleviate that stress. There are many things to do before the actual moving day that will set the plan in place for a stress-free move. Decluttering, clean-outs and liquidation of assets to earn money to offset the cost of the move are all part of a great move plan.

Reduce Clutter, Reduce Stress

 Posted by Alison Patterson on April 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Social Distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has a lot of people stressed out. Normally, when we think of stress, we usually assume it’s caused by specific events, tasks or scenarios. In this time of new normal, it’s time to expand the way you think of stress to include the effects clutter in your environment can have on your mental AND physical health.

No Stranger to Difficult Times

 Posted by Alison Patterson on April 14, 2020 at 1:05 PM
Guest Blogger Gina Siegel, Owner of Caring Transitions of Cincinnati East.   My dad was a wise and peaceful man. Born in 1922, he was no stranger to difficult times, and often told me that it would take a common enemy to bring the world together. Back then, my young mind went to aliens – I now see a different form of this enemy: COVID-19. It has been fascinating to watch how our country and others have united under this threat, and I’m proud...

Empty Nesters: Things To Keep In Mind as You Downsize

 Posted by Alison Patterson on March 31, 2020 at 10:21 AM
As your children grow and start to venture out on their own, it can certainly leave a wake in your life. Without them in your home, it can start to feel small or overwhelmingly big. With less people to help pitch in, downsizing can become a very viable option. Before you just start throwing things out or thinking the only choice you have is to look for a smaller house, read on for a few tips on things to keep in mind as you downsize. Staying P...

Rightsize or Remain: How to Decide

 Posted by Alison Patterson on September 13, 2019 at 7:27 AM

As older adults approach retirement, there are limitless ways to spend your retirement years. One of the first decisions most adults near retirement make is where they want to retire. This is usually an important decision between aging in place or rightsizing to a new home. There are positives and negatives to each decision, but the best way to determine your next step is considering the unique needs for your lifestyle, physical and mental health.

Before deciding if rightsizing or downsizing is the right fit, you should consider five major factors.

Caring For Caregivers: How to Support Caregivers in Your Family

 Posted by Alison Patterson on August 14, 2019 at 6:50 AM

For families who take an active role in caring for their loved ones, monitoring and maintaining the best possible care can be a challenge. Decision making and addressing daily needs can be complex for family caregivers. If you have a loved one who is the primary decision maker for a family member’s care, you can help support them to help them with their extra layer of responsibility even if you aren’t directly involved with every decision made.

See valuable tips to help you stay in the loop with your loved one’s care and be a pillar of support for any family caregiver in your life.

Savvy Senior’s Guide to Getting Social: Helping Your Parents Defeat Loneliness

 Posted by Alison Patterson on July 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM

When you think of your parent’s well-being you often think of physical health and safety. One of the larger challenges many older adults encounter is loneliness in the form of social isolation. As we age, it may become difficult to stay social. Factors like the loss of loved ones and friends, mobility and overall health often impact how social older adults can be and create social isolation. 

If you notice your parent or loved one could benefit from being social, you should encourage it. According to research by the Center for Advancing Health, older adults “who are socially active and maintain or increase interactions with others as they age have a slower progression of health declines than” those less socially engaged.

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