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Deciding When to Help Your Parents Declutter

 Posted by Mark Piatt on July 13, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Caring for your family can bring joy to your life. If you are caring for your parents and children, this can become complex. As your parents age, their needs and abilities change. If you’ve started to consider the next best move for Mom, Dad or another senior loved one, we have guidance on trigger moments that signify it may be time to talk about a plan. We have a list of significant changes that could indicate your parents may currently or soon need additional support.

Sandwiched Between Stuff: Combating Clutter

 Posted by Mark Piatt on July 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM

A healthy home is important for any family. If you are a Sandwich Gen Caregiver that could include your children and parents too. Clutter-free homes are healthy environments that make it easier for each member of your household to be the best version of themselves. Many caregivers feel a burden to clear everything at once but keeping your space clear and clutter free could be a small task you do daily, weekly, or monthly if you are caring for parents or an older loved one.

The “Move Grandma Now” Checklist

 Posted by Mark Piatt on July 13, 2021 at 1:30 PM
Without a comprehensive plan, families often scramble to identify and qualify the various resources needed to manage a move for senior loved ones. They must locate and hire trusted realtors, movers, downsizing experts, estate sale professionals, consignment shops, packing material suppliers, junk haulers or dumpster companies, housekeepers, repairmen, home stagers, financial advisors, attorneys, caregivers, pet sitters, and more! See tips gathered from experts to create a plan that can help you manage a move for an older adult.

Don't Throw That Out! 5 Common Items Worth More Than You Think

 Posted by Mark Piatt on June 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Are there priceless items in your cupboards and closets? The answer could be yes! From priceless paintings to retro comics, you could have more money in your home than you think. If you are ready to sort the gems from the junk in your home, here are a few commonly uncommon items worth a second look before they’re tossed in the trash.

The Best Bargains and Buys for Baby Boomers

 Posted by Mark Piatt on August 14, 2019 at 7:10 AM

As your style and life changes over time, there are some items that are essential for every room of your home and even your closet. For Baby Boomer’s maintaining independence is a necessity for aging gracefully. Whether living alone and aging in place or settling into a senior community, there are great “must-have” products and items you should look for to make your space work for you. If you want to shop smart, see our list to help you save and spend more on the things you want to do.

The Guys Guide to Resale Gadgets & Gear

 Posted by Mark Piatt on August 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Whether it’s gadgets like TV’s, smart speakers and cell phones or gear like fishing rods and sports equipment, the fact remains purchasing retail can be expensive and leave you displeased when it’s time to upgrade to something new shortly after your purchase. Markups on retail items are often between 50-500%. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.”

One way to purchase the items you love at reasonable prices is shopping resale for like-new quality at a fraction of the retail price. Quality gently used or resale items are appealing for more than price, quite often you can afford higher quality items with a smaller budget that will ultimately last longer.

Caring For Caregivers: How to Support Caregivers in Your Family

 Posted by Mark Piatt 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.

Must Have Finds for Fall

 Posted by Mark Piatt on August 14, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Fall is quickly approaching and it’s time to get your home and wardrobe ready for the upcoming season. Although Fall won’t officially begin until the last week of September, now is the perfect time to shop resale for Fall wardrobe and home décor essentials. From a checklist of items to the perfect colors to look out for, we have your guide to must have Fall finds that are perfect to find new to you (gently used) for your home, wardrobe or leisure.

Stock Up for Summer Thriftily

 Posted by Mark Piatt on July 17, 2019 at 9:10 AM
Summer heat brings amazing summer savings in July and August. July is an unofficial midpoint to the summer season and often is the start to prices being lowered on anything you enjoy in warmer weather. According to financial experts at Kiplinger, products and services are typically “marked down at certain times each year. So planning your purchases to get items when they're at their lowest price can potentially save you hundreds of dollars.” 

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

 Posted by Mark Piatt 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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