Nowadays there are three groups of people downsizing: 90 year olds are moving to retirement residences, the 70 plus crowd is moving to bungalows, condos or apartments, and the over 50 year olds are moving to a new LIFESTYLE, be it on the water, on a golf course, near theatre's, etc. With so many people downsizing, … Continue reading How a Family Member Can Help a Senior to Downsize
Category: emotional support
Should I Move Near My Family?
Each year, for fifteen years, we hardly moved even one senior (or senior couple) to be near their family . Recently, we've helped three couples relocate in just one month so they could be near relatives. Some want to watch their grandchildren grow up, while others want to be a support to an adult child … Continue reading Should I Move Near My Family?
Relocation Stress Syndrome
Symptoms of Relocation Stress Syndrome are: exhaustion, sleep disturbance, anxiety, grief, depression, and disorientation. These can be exacerbated by the death of a loved one, dementia, poor physical health, frailty, no support system, sensory impairment and simply not knowing what lies ahead! I often tell seniors that even IF THEY DO NOTHING they may feel … Continue reading Relocation Stress Syndrome
Mom’s Dying. What do I do?
We have had several calls from family members that had a parent in palliative care with little time to live. They wanted a plan for dealing with "the stuff." We met and I looked at what would need to be accomplished when the time came. I then suggested that they spend as much time as … Continue reading Mom’s Dying. What do I do?