Moving and Transitioning

Moving to a Senior Community: Top 4 Obstacles

One of the biggest obstacles that keeps people from exploring a senior community is the belief that there are too many sacrifices to be made - freedom, independence, living space - to name a few. The reality is that today’s senior communities can provide gracious living, security, an active way of life along with many other wonderful benefits that can enhance an older adult’s independence. And retirement communities can be surprisingly affordable! If your loved one is reluctant to explore a senior community, consider these ideas when discussing their concerns.

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Driver's Safety: How To Have That Difficult Conversation

It's not hard to understand why winter is often the season that sees the most car accidents. But as we age, driving during any weather or season can become challenging because of changes in physical and/or mental abilities. Talking about driving does not have to be difficult if you come to the discussion prepared and with a desire to help your parent make the right decision. It's important to acknowledge the significance of these conversations and decisions in the lives of older adults.

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Why Assisted Living is a Gift

The world has changed and so has care for older adults. Today, the typical stay for someone in a nursing home is counted more in days or months, not years. So why has it changed so much? Assisted Living. Here's why.

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You Are Not Alone

We can all feel that our emotions are unique and sometimes completely out of control. When faced with any new experience, we all react in different way. Commonly we will pull back, research information, fall into procrastination and resistance or take a leap of faith into the world of change. Many of you may be struggling with making the right move to match your both your physical and emotional needs. The good news? You are not alone by any stretch of the imagination!

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Valuable Lessons for Caregivers

It’s likely you’ve heard about the book written by former Governor Martin Schreiber, “My Two Elaines”. It’s based upon the journey he and his wife Elaine have been on since her diagnosis of Alzheimers. He wrote the book to help others learn from the mistakes he’s made. I’d like to share a few lessons I’ve learned from him.

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There is Never a Right Time

When I look back at my over 35 year career in real estate sales, here is what comes to mind: When discussing a move with mom and dad, there is never a right time or a wrong time… it’s just time!

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A Gift from My Mother

I have written two books on the subject of older adults transitioning from their long-time home to a senior community or apartment. My experience came solely from my clients over the years. I observed patterns of behavior as well as obstacles to be overcome. I designed my business team to serve the families that I was honored to assist through their transition.

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Memories and Home

Home is the place where most of our memories are created. From holidays to family reunions to the joy of raising children, memories make a house a home. Therefore, a common (and justifiable) concern when people consider transitioning out of one home and into a new, supportive community is, "I can't leave this house because all of my memories here."

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Putting the Pieces Together

Do you want to move but you feel have nowhere to go? Many of you have told me that the time has come to make a change in address. You sincerely want to move and find a condo or apartment that matches your wish list. You are sincere in your efforts but a bit unsure as to what that list of requirements looks like. Should you sell first and then move or leave your home and then put your home on the market? What kind of home do you want to live in? What location is ideal for you? There are so many choices but so little direction.

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Familiarity can be Found even in Light of Change

During the recent holiday I visited a 90 year old relative of mine in northern Wisconsin. She’s had some recent health issues, but was able to leave the hospital and return to her assisted living community in time for the family gathering. But because she was still in the midst of her “comeback”, we had to bring the celebration to her senior community.

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Fear of Change: You are Not Alone

We can all feel that our emotions are unique and sometimes completely out of control. When faced with any new experience, we all react in different way. Commonly we will pull back, research information, fall into procrastination and resistance or take a leap of faith into the world of change.

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Time to be Lucky!

A friend once told me that the definition of luck is when preparedness meets opportunity. In other words you are fortunate when you take advantage of an opportunity by being knowledgeable and prepared for that moment when it crosses your path.

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How Do I Know When it's Time to Make a Change?

It feels like the answer to that question should be much more obvious than it is. Mom or dad get a bit older, they begin to slow down, keeping up with the housework and daily living gets harder. We believe we’ll recognize when they’re struggling a bit, we’ll discuss it and agree it’s time to begin looking at options and planning for future needs.

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Should I Move...When?

Are you struggling with that elephant in the room? It’s there and hard to avoid. You know the elephant that I am talking about: You’re thinking it’s the right decision to make a move, but you just can’t pull the trigger.

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is April 16,2016. It is a day set aside to create awareness and help educate the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. Honoring Choices Wisconsin is a major initiative by the Wisconsin Medical Society to spread the word.

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I Can't Fathom Living Anywhere Else but my Home of 63 years, Part II

In my first article on the struggle of leaving a long time home, I talked about how difficult it can be to leave a house that is so comfortable and familiar. I discussed how fear of the unknown can hold us back from living a full life.

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Adjusting to Living in a Senior Community

The decision to move into a senior community can be a difficult one for older adults. It is hard to move away from what is familiar, so a reluctance to make the transition is understandable. We all get comfortable and feel safe in a home we have lived in for years. And once the decision has been made to make the move to a senior community it’s natural that there will be some concerns — fear of the unknown, fear of not liking the community, and maybe fear of not fitting it.

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"I can't fathom living anywhere else but my home of 63 years."

How long does it take for us to develop a new habit? Does it take days, weeks, a few months? Many seniors have lived in the same home for 40, 50, 60 or more years. They enjoy a routine within their now very familiar home, but also within their neighborhood and community. Consider their emotional attachment to the comfort and consistency of this daily routine. When the time comes to consider making a move, no wonder the idea is hard to fathom.

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Downsizing In Anticipation of Moving - Some Tips to Get Started

Moving after living in one place for an extended time is never easy. Add to that the emotion of leaving a place with loads of memories and the need to sort through possessions collected over a lifetime and you may find that getting started is the most difficult part. Resolving to do it is the first step. After that, organizing the process is key.

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One Family’s Story Offers Insights to Others

It’s not often enough that media captures the essence of real issues older adults and their families face in a meaningful way. Colleen Jurkiewicz did just that recently in the Catholic Herald by telling the story of one family’s journey including the tough lessons they learned along the way. I was grateful to be interviewed and pleased to be part of such an insightful article.

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