Resources and Services

Stay in Control by Planning Housing Choices

Nothing evokes the same emotional response as the meaning of home. For me, it is the safe haven from the world, where I go to be restored and renewed.  Right now, I am in good health and I am able to handle the physical work that comes with my home and 10 acres of wooded property. But in a few years, I imagine I will feel differently and perhaps overwhelmed thinking about my next move.

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What Really Matters as we Age in Community

It’s pretty basic. When older adults are asked what they value, their primary need is food. And next on the short list is transportation, followed by maintenance on their homes if they intend to remain independent, “aging in place”. I prefer the expression “aging in community, with support”.

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The Best Gift Ever

My mother passed away a year ago. We five siblings were lucky that she and my father, who died 8 years before, had the foresight to have their “affairs in order”. A family trust. Wills. Life insurance. All organized in notebooks in my father’s closet. It sounds business-like, I know. But the real gift was that we could direct our energies toward planning their joint memorial service instead of the thrash of looking for documents needed to settle their estates.

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Creating Community from Addiction

This statistic from AARP got my attention: 17% of adults aged 60 and older have a drug or alcohol problem, compared to 10% of the overall population. But beyond the statistic, here is a real person’s story from our community. She is a 76 year old grandmother with a loving and supportive family. As she struggled with being the sole caregiver for her husband who had suffered a series of debilitating strokes and dementia, she turned to drinking. She often drank more than she planned and started not remembering phone conversations with her family.

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When Being Attractive is a Disadvantage

Older adults have many opportunities as they age. If they have the means (both financially and health wise), they can travel, volunteer, explore interests or pursue hobbies. But the sad reality is that con artists can take away those opportunities in a heartbeat.

According to a study conducted by AARP, consumers lose billions of dollars every year to various kinds of fraud. People over 50 years of age are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims. Let’s face it: older adults tend to have more savings at their disposal and higher credit ratings, making them more attractive targets than many other demographics. 

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