Staging your home correctly can make all the difference. From de-personalizing and decluttering to a deep clean, learn how to maximize your home sale.
There are so many more choices of living options for seniors - with the tiny home movement, in-law apartments, Granny Pods, and more. This new, simple living trend presents an interesting and advantageous option to many seniors.
Hearing loss is a very common, and often untreated issue for older adults.
Once you reach a certain age, the subject of senior housing options is going to come up. You start to see your peers making changes---moving to a senior living community or downsizing and moving to a warmer climate. Family members start asking about your plans. Everyone seems to want you to do something. Often that something means moving out of your home into some place new.
Every year millions of people over the age of 65 in the United States fall. At a rate of one in four, falling is one of the most serious threats to our health as we age. Around 800,000 people go to the emergency room as a result of falling. Falling can cause broken bones, head injuries, and loss of mobility which can have serious long-term impact on senior health.
Use it or lose it. We hear that phrase a lot when it comes to keeping our bodies healthy and strong. Use it or lose it is just as true for keeping our brains healthy as we age. Learn Something New People used to think that our brains stopped growing once we hit maturity. Science has discovered, though, that our brain changes throughout our entire lives.
It’s no secret that moving is stressful. For one thing, there is an avalanche of tasks that have to be performed in a fairly short time frame. Then, there is the emotional aspect of moving. Every move involves sifting through belongings to some extent. Whether it’s photos, books, or dishes, the things we have in our home are a storehouse of memories which can bring up a range of feelings.
What do you think of when you hear the term senior housing? Most people think of it as housing that caters to the specific needs of seniors, typically by moving seniors towards age-specific communities, and away from younger generations. This makes a certain amount of sense. Seniors often do have specific needs and preferences. Many seniors rise early, dine early, and go to bed early.
Considering moving to a senior living community? You probably have a lot of questions. How do I find the best situation for me? Where do I look? Where do I start? It’s a big decision and there are a lot of factors to consider. One thing is for sure, it’s never too early to start planning. Take a look at these tips to help you get started.
There is a new and growing service industry that you probably have never heard of before. Senior move management companies are part of a new industry that has emerged to meet the needs of an aging population. Senior move managers (SMMs) offer services to help with multiple aspects of a senior move, far beyond what moving companies typically offer. They help with downsizing tasks such as sorting, decluttering, and packing boxes.
We’ve all been there. In the middle of boxing and bagging your possessions for a big move, you look around and think: What am I going to do with all this STUFF? Decades of memories can add up to a lot of time sorting and agonizing about what to do with beloved possessions. It’s hard to let go of the things that have mattered to us over the years.
Empty-nesters and retirees know the feeling well. Your life, which was filled with responsibilities, schedules, and people that relied upon you, has suddenly changed. Maybe you’ve retired and now have forty hours per week all to yourself. Maybe you last child living at home has finally sprouted their wings and made their own nest. You look around and think, “Now what?”
How about this summer weather! Now that it has officially turned into summer, we thought it would be a good idea to share some summer moving tips. Plan your move date early In addition to being a popular time to vacation, the summer is a popular time to move. Data shows that 70% of household moving occurs in the summer months.
With many of our clients in the 'Sandwich Generation,' caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children, we thought this co-authored piece would be helpful...enjoy! It’s that time of year again! With the winding down of summer, many parents and students are preparing to move back to college. Whether that means traveling an hour or two away, or halfway across the country, this involves some advanced planning.
Helping families move/downsize is a major decision in their lives and can be especially difficult. Whether it's moving parents to a facility or job relocating, and downsizing it is overwhelming. Reiki is an Asian philosophy of stress reduction and relaxation techniques for adults, children, and animals.
ow to pick the correct-sized storage unit and other tips! In our first article, we addressed the difference between storing items at a moving company warehouse, versus a mini-storage unit. Another common question we get is, “What size storage unit do I need?” If you are choosing to store your items with a moving company, the answer is easy – you will not need to know.
Everything you need to know about storage (and probably more than you wanted to)! A consideration prior to beginning this discussion – make sure you are not using storage as a way to postpone making decisions about your items. To save time and money (lots of money in the long-term), make sure to go through all of your items, and that you are keeping only those items that you need, love, and will use in the future.
We are excited to announce that as of January 1st, 2019, Smooth Transitions Cleveland has been acquired by Armbruster Moving & Storage, Inc. Armbruster Moving & Storage has acquired Smooth Transitions assets, staff, and customer contracts. However, merged business will still operate under the Smooth Transitions brand. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide an even broader amount of services to those individuals that are making a life-changing move.
Moving is one of the most stressful transitions in our lives and it is not easy to decide what to do with the lifetime of memories that have accumulated over the years. There are several things that you can do to make it easier, and more manageable.
During the snowy winter season here in Ohio, a question that we get frequently from clients is “how do you protect our stuff when it’s snowing out?” This is a fair question for anyone to ask. In the moving industry we take certain precautions to protect our client’s household items when the weather isn’t cooperating.
Prior to moving, there are several actions you can take to make the process easier and more efficient.
For many of our clients, there is a lot of anticipation for the first day/week in their new home. Much like the first day of school, there are a lot of unknowns. From the building itself, to the staff and residents, this can be a huge change from living alone at home, or in an apartment.
The holidays are right around the corner! This can mean looking forward to family gatherings, fun and frolic! It can also mean a stressful time of preparation of your home and decorations. Take this opportunity to get started early, and make the most of your time and energy.
Rightsizing is the conscious choice to create a positive and sustainable lifestyle that brings, peace, contentment and happiness to your life. For every individual, this looks and feels different; from the retiree that is moving to a smaller, more-manageable space to the young family that is adding to their family.
Caring for aging parents can bring up a lot of confusing feelings for adult children. One thing to start with is improving communication. Often there can be disagreements about the level of care a parent needs. It is best to consult a professional such as your parent's PCP.
As our parents age, their ability to care for themselves diminishes. This change is hard for everyone involved. It’s made harder by clashing opinions on how to handle the growing need for elder care. If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone.
Moving as an elder doesn’t always mean down-sizing and relocating to a smaller home. Another option is right-sizing your home. Right-sizing in retirement means thinking ahead and thinking smarter about what you really want from your home.
It’s a fact of life that our body changes as we grow older. Exercise and good nutrition can help us stay healthy, but we still need to watch out for a few things. Eye health is one area of senior health that sometimes get neglected. Many eye conditions develop without noticeable symptoms. Untreated, some of these can cause serious issues, so prevention is key.
Dementia is one of the most dreadful illnesses that can occur in our senior years. For most of us, the idea of losing our cognitive faculties is downright terrifying. What does it mean if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia? How should you respond to a diagnosis? Dementia is a complicated disease with a steep learning curve for understanding it. Read on to learn some of the basics.
More than 6 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That number is expected to double by the year 2050. Worldwide, close to 50 million suffer from dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term that encompasses several diseases which affect memory, thinking, and behavior. It is a progressive disease with no cure. Currently, there are no known treatments that slow the progression.
Last month on our blog, we shared with you some of the at-home care options for elders with dementia. This month, we’re talking about what happens when your loved one can’t remain at home and needs residential care. We’ll tell you how to know when it’s time for that level of care, what to look for in a facility, and how to make the process easier for everyone.