National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

5 Home Preparation Tips for Alzheimer’s Patients

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and here in San Diego county, the statistics are as staggering as are the national statistics. There are 60,000 people living with Alzheimer’s with care-giving support of 150,000 people locally. The number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to go to 100,000 by 2030. So we can expect the care-giving roles to grow at an equal or greater pace as […]

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Caregivers of Veterans Benefit from Purple Heart Homes Aging In Place Program

November is National Caregivers month and Purple Heart Homes adaptations made to Veterans’ homes helps make life easier for caregivers by creating safer barrier free environments both inside and out. According to a March, 2014 Rand study entitled ‘Hidden Heroes:  America’s Military Caregivers’, there are 5.5 million caregivers across the US.  Of that, 1.1 million care for Veterans that served in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The […]

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What to do: Remodel or Move?

Neil Shapiro considers himself “within shouting distance” of retirement. He and his wife could have sold their home near Chicago and bought a condo in the Sun Belt, long a lure for American retirees. Instead, the couple bought another single-family home — in Boise, Idaho. “We wanted to come to a place where we want to live, and work for a few more years,” Mr. […]

There’s no place like MY home!

As the adult daughter of an elderly mom who lived alone, I felt the angst of long-distance caregiving and incorporated new things into our mutual routines so we would both feel safer- mom feeling actually safer in her home and me feeling more at ease. We accomplished this together by taking several steps. The first was to learn about what were really the issues and […]

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How do you organize downsizing effectively?

Downsizing can be a hard transition at any point in life.  We’ve put together some suggestions to make this move an easier one. Folded Clothes Select the dresser / chest(s) you will take to the new apartment.  Clean it out, and re-pack with your clothes just the way you will use it in everyday.  *If you don’t have a linen closet, you will need to […]

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Why You Should Remodel to ‘Aging in Place’ Now

Near the end of When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal races to find Meg Ryan at a New Year’s party. When he finally gets to her, he tells her he ran because “When you know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” You should think about aging-in-place remodeling the […]

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Home Safety Begins With the First Step

We all know that the garage can be a scary space-the ultimate storage location for equipment for sports, gardening, car repair and storage for everything under the sun. We often believe, too, that if you put an appliance that is broken in the garage, there is a repair spirit who will come and fix it…the toaster repair version of the tooth fairy. This is really […]