Friday, August 18, 2017 Danielle Welliever Aging in place No comments
Living in your home as you age may require a few changes to live comfortably and safely. In generations past, we bought our first tiny home when we were just newlyweds.  As the kids came along, we chose the perfect family home and built a lifetime of memories.  But the kids are long gone, much of the house we don’t even use, and then there are the stairs.  Yet we often ask ourselves, “What do we need to do to stay in our home just a little longer?” Staying in the family home in our golden years is called “aging in place”.  Many of the things that used to be easy, like going downstairs to do the laundry, is much more difficult now.  However, with careful consideration and a few modifications, many seniors find they can stay in the family home for many years. As you consider aging in place, think about some of the hidden dangers.  Addressing these while you are still strong and healthy will help make your life easier in the days to come.  What are some of these considerations? Inexpensive steps you can take toward safely aging in place Here are a few places you can start to make your home a safe haven for yourself and others. Lighting: In our golden years, our vision is not as clear or sharp as it used to be. Add additional lighting or different types of lighting to make sure your house is well-illuminated.  Consider overhead lighting or adding floor lamps to provide full coverage.  Make sure there are no dark spaces in your home. Trips and Falls: Our legs don’t lift quite as high as they used to, and our balance is not as sure. Remove scatter rugs and make sure there are no tripping hazards in pathways throughout the house.  Install sturdy railings in every area of the house with stairs. Fires: Cooking fires, use of portable heaters or even a short-circuited toaster can trigger a fast-moving fire danger. Smoke detectors with fresh batteries and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed throughout your home. There are many excellent books written on the subject of making your home a safe one as you age.  To get started I recommend Staying Power:  Age-Proof you Home for Comfort, Safety and Style by Rachel Adelson. The author has provided a variety of checklists and practical tips, many that have minimal cost to implement, to help you stay safely in your family home. With careful planning and preparation, you can fully enjoy many more years in the home you love. Save Save Save
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Danielle Welliever downsizing tips , Uncategorized No comments
  Our memories are often tied to things in our life, such as an old chair. Downsizing requires courage Downsizing requires the courage to separate memories from objects.  You hold an old baseball glove and remember standing on the ballfield or watching your son play in little league.  You pick up a snow globe and remember sitting on your grandmother’s lap at Christmastime.  Once in awhile, you may not be aware of why something has meaning to you. Memories are often tied to things In the ninth season of the sitcom Frasier, Frasier Crane accidentally destroyed his father, Martin’s, chair.  Up to that point, when Martin was asked why he insisted on keeping his old and worn chair, he only said it was comfortable and broken-in. However, when Martin found out about his chair’s fatal accident, his real reason for keeping the chair spilled out. Martin said, “I want the chair I was sitting in when I watched Neil Armstrong take his first step on the Moon. And when the US hockey team beat the Russians in the ’80 Olympics. I want the chair I was sitting in the night you called me to tell me I had a grandson. I want the chair I was in all those nights when your mother used to wake me up with a kiss after I’d fallen asleep in front of the television. You know, I still fall asleep in it. And every once in awhile, when I wake up, I still expect your mother to be there, ready to lead me off to bed… Oh, never mind. It’s only a chair. Keep the memories, let go of the things When downsizing, keep the memories but let your unneeded possessions go. Creating a memory book of those items with photos and stories will help you recall those special moments.  With the emotional charge taken off, it will be much easier to give away, sell or donate those things you no longer need or use. Create a memory book for downsizing ease Take a picture of each item and jot down a few notes about each item.  Include its description, how you acquired it and what it means to you.  Once you have completed your book, you can upload photo and words to one of the many photobook services, put together your own scrapbook using a 3-ring binder, or contact someone in your area who can help you with your project. Save Save