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Starting New Family Traditions after Downsizing & Other Changes

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on November 21, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Enjoying a smaller space after downsizing can leave you wondering how this adjustment might affect some family traditions, especially if you’ve been the primary host for parties and holiday celebrations. In fact, there are many reasons why family traditions may need to be changed or adapted. Here are some ways to usher in new traditions while honoring the old. Why Start New Traditions? Family is always in flux, always growing, adapting, ...

4 Tips for Black Friday Shopping

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on November 14, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Black Friday can be a fun time to shop and save, but today, when many stores are running sales all month long and into December, it can be a little more challenging to stick to a budget. Here are some tips for shopping smart on Black Friday. Black Friday Shopping Tip #1: Make a Budget How much do you want to spend? The holidays aren’t just about shopping, but set one foot in a retail store (or look at your email inbox) and it can seem like...

Holiday Budgeting Tips for Seniors

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on November 7, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Inflation plus the adjustment to retired life or a new low income might have you worried over holiday spending. With a little planning and some helpful money-saving tips, you can avoid debt and enjoy what makes the holidays special for you. Create a Holiday Budget Creating a holiday budget is the first (and probably most important) step in creating a holiday season free of overspending. To create a holiday budget: Analyze spending from la...

Decluttering for the Holidays: Create a Cozy, Calming Space

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on October 31, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Why Declutter Before the Holidays? The holidays are a great time to make space in your home for what you need and what brings you joy. Not only is pre-holiday decluttering practical—making room for decorations, guests, and gifts—but it is good for your mental wellbeing. Creating clarity in your space can help create clarity of mind during a time that can be stressful and hectic. Additionally, as we transition from fall into the “season...

How to Manage Your Move to Senior Housing

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on October 24, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Once you've decided to take charge of your own health, safety, or social needs by moving to a Senior Living Community. 1. Prepare in advance Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start putting your home in order today. Begin by evaluating what you really need to keep and then start to downsize, clear out clutter, plan an Estate Sale or make major home repairs. It is a proven fact that homes will sell for a higher price if they a...

Decluttering and Downsizing: A Guide for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on October 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Guest Blog by Julie Weaver Throughout our lifetime, it’s easy to accumulate belongings that we may no longer use. Whether it’s a gift you didn’t want in the first place, an expensive kitchen appliance you haven’t used in years, or a wardrobe that no longer suits you, it can be hard to part ways without feeling guilty. But let’s face it, clutter has the ability to multiply as soon as you take your eyes off it. For your loved one, adjusting t...

4 Beginner Tips For Planning Your Retirement

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on October 10, 2022 at 9:00 AM
For many of us, retirement seems like a distant future, or as Star Wars says, “in a galaxy, far, far away.” But time has a funny way of catching us off guard and as every financial advisor will tell you, the sooner you start planning for your retirement, the better. Below we’ve provided a 4 beginner tips below to start planning for your retirement; 1. Choose a Retirement Plan An important aspect of retirement is not only how much to save, ...

A Guide To Starting A Constructive Conversation With Mom & Dad

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on October 3, 2022 at 9:30 AM
In this world, we’re getting older and living longer, and senior adults are changing what it means to age well everyday. So, how can we help our loved ones, and ourselves, live independent lives for as long as possible? At Caring Transitions, we understand that talking about underlying issues—independence, health, and loss—is tough(2). It can feel overwhelming, and it's easy to put off as you search for the perfect time, place, and space (2). ...

5 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe When Buying Used Items

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on September 26, 2022 at 9:30 AM
You’ve just moved into a new apartment, maybe your first straight out of college, or purchased your brand-new house. Now it’s time to furnish it and make the space your own. Some of the best, and usually cheapest, ways to save money when furnishing a home is buying secondhand, either online, at a local thrift store, or an estate sale in your area. But buying used items brings the risk of hitchhiking pests getting into your home. Clearing an in...

A Guide To Maintaining A Healthy Home

 Posted by Nancy Ravenstar-Boydston on September 19, 2022 at 9:30 AM
The clutter is cleared and you’ve spent time organizing the space to fit your style… But where do you go from here? Everyone wants a place to call home, a safe space where we can be ourselves and unwind after a long day of hard work. Going forward, how can you maintain your home in a healthy and safe manner to keep your peace of mind? What even constitutes a healthy home? According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, a healthy home is ...
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