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Making Decisions

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Focus, Planning, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes making decisions is easy, other times not so much.  We all make decisions all the time, every day throughout the day.  We don’t think twice about many of them since they are part of our daily routines.  We usually make these types of decisions quickly because they are not complex and may be repetitious.  The brains working memory only holds about 7 items.  More than that is processed into long-term memory which requires conscious effort. There are always choices or options to consider in order to make decisions. A decision ‘is the act or process of deciding’ according to [...]

Using a Wall Calendar

By | July 11th, 2018|Categories: Seniors, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

One thing that all my older clients have in common, is that they use a wall calendar as their schedule.  The kind that have big squares for each date so they have room to jot down multiple appointments.  The kind they can get at the dollar store, or that so many charities send to them when they make a donation. Nothing wrong with that, I use one myself. It’s old school but efficient. Some seniors are adapting to digital technology and use a computer, smart phones, or at least a cell phone.  Those that use smart phones may not use [...]

Swedish Death Cleaning is More About Decluttering Than Cleaning

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

Swedish Death Cleaning, what is it?  I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately and did some investigating, this is what I learned. A woman named Margareta Magnusson wrote a book called, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. She wrote this book after she had to deal with the possessions of her parents and her husband after they passed away. The Swedish culture has a practice called döstädning - dö translates to death & städning translates to cleaning.  The idea is not so much about cleaning as it [...]

Resources to Consider When Seniors Downsize to Move

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

When you make that decision that you need to move to a smaller home, you may need some help.  Most of us can’t do everything ourselves, especially when we get older.  We need resources to bring our plan of moving to fruition.  Below are some resources to consider when seniors are downsizing to move to a smaller home. Senior referral & placement service: You know you need to move to a smaller home but you don’t know exactly where.  Your health is one of many things to consider when you choose your new home.  Location, income, level of required care, [...]

Mom Can’t Live Alone Anymore

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Eldercare, Planning, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

There may come a day when mom can’t live alone anymore.  There are many different scenarios that could result in a senior loved one unable to live alone.  It’s typically poor health, either mentally or physically that indicates the need for mom to find a new home. Family members are often blindsided if mom’s health has been good, then a sudden illness or injury leaves her unable to care for herself so she can no longer live alone.  Sometimes health declines steadily but mom won’t mention it because she doesn’t want to become a burden, or she knows she doesn’t [...]

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Organizing for Seniors: How I Organized For My Senior Aunt Who is Blind

By | November 14th, 2014|Categories: Eldercare, Home Organization, Organization & Safety, Seniors|Tags: , , |

Organizing is not just about putting like with like, purging and labeling containers. Sure, those are important pieces to the process, but that’s not the whole enchilada. Before you start the process, you need to understand both the mental and physical capabilities of the person that needs the organizing solutions. Our senior population has a myriad of considerations to address when you organize for them. The first thing to consider is their living environment. If they live alone, do they have homecare workers that visit on a regular basis, and if so, will you need to organize for the senior or the [...]

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9 Safety Tips For Seniors to Age in Place

By | November 2nd, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Organization & Safety, Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , |

To age in place is becoming a term used frequently in the senior population. According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as ‘aging in place’. Everyone is different, and has specific needs to be considered for their living spaces. We also want to keep our independent lifestyles, and do as much for ourselves as possible. That can happen when our home is setup based on our specific needs. As a professional organizer that specializes in rightsizing for seniors, I’m often [...]

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7 Strategies to Prevent or Delay Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

By | September 21st, 2014|Categories: Eldercare, Reduce Stress, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

There is a lot of discussion in the eldercare community these days regarding Alzheimer’s, or the symptoms of Alzheimer's. With the advancements in medical technology, people are living longer than in past generations. It seems like a lot of folks may be able to physically get around better, but have more challenges with mental health issues such as symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. According to WebMD, the biggest risk factor attributed to Alzheimer’s is aging. Statistics show that one out of eight [...]

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Do I really need 13 pairs of tweezers?

By | May 5th, 2014|Categories: Downsizing, Eldercare, Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

That’s a very good question. What about 9 pairs of scissors, do you really need that many? Or 3 bread makers, do you really need that many? Or that gadget you bought after listening to a very convincing television commercial. It makes a lot of sense to ask yourself these questions about your stuff from time to time. We are all surrounded by things in our homes that we may not necessarily need, use, or love. Our things typically come into our lives faster than they go. We get caught up in the day to day activities that make up our lives [...]

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We Didn’t Have The ‘Green Thing’ Back in Our Day

By | September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Recycle, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

I recently received this email message from my 84, almost 85 year old father and thought I would share. The author makes a very good point about the ‘green thing’ and how it was done in past generations. Enjoy! Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our [...]

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