Transition Thursday: Tips for Moving Seniors with Cognitive Disorders

Illustration of three trees depicting leaves and loss of memory

In his article “Tips for Moving Seniors with Cognitive Disorders,” author Chris Semen discusses the issues facing seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s when they have to move locations:

“Transitioning seniors experiencing cognitive disorders, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, will experience even greater stress than those without an illness. This is because removing a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s from a familiar place can cause feelings of disorientation and confusion.”

Chris suggests that caregivers can make the transitioning process easier for their loved one and for themselves by following these tips:

Reinstate a sense of control.

People often experience stress when they feel things are out of control. Caregivers can lessen the stress of transitioning by reinstating a sense of order and control to the events their loved ones find stressful. Offering choices helps the senior maintain his/her sense of self in the midst of chaos. It’s important to understand that when we remove someone’s ability to make decisions on his or her own behalf, we also remove an essential practice that would otherwise help a senior maintain a sense of control over unfamiliar situations.

Give seniors a voice.

With cognitive issues present, it becomes difficult for older adults to voice their fears and opinions. Caregivers can give their loved one a voice by offering a few simple options with outcomes that are always acceptable. For example, asking something as simple as, “Would you like to explore three assisted living communities or just two?” presents an outcome favorable to both parties, while allowing the older adult to make his/her voice heard. When caregivers present options for discussion, their loved one develops a sense of being important to the relocation process.

Read more tips at http://thecaregiversvoice.com.

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

Transition Thursday: Baby Boomers Redefine Retirement

Baby Boomer Couple Dancing

In his Forbes article “The Most Frightening Yet Most Important Retirement Rule That Baby Boomers Still Need To Break,” contributor Robert Laura explains how the Baby Boomer generation is re-defining retirement:

“Boomers are ushering in a late-stage era of life, where they have 10-20 more years of productive and capable working years when compared to previous generations. Furthermore, they have the resources, knowledge, and collective desire to cause dramatic shifts in the way retirement is both defined and lived.

It’s easy to see the undercurrent of this happening as research suggests that baby boomers are more likely to start a business than any other generation right now.  Furthermore, a growing segment of them are worn-out from years of the corporate grind and don’t feel the connection between their job and the people it impacts outside their office walls or company grounds.  They’re shifting their focus from accumulating a giant nest egg to a desire to be part of something bigger and better… to have a positive effect on others… and don’t necessarily want to retire from work, rather they just want to work in the right situation and retirement.

In the past, retirement was defined as freedom from the workplace.  Now boomers are redefining it as freedom in the workplace.”

Read the rest at Forbes.

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

Transition Thursday: Baby Boomer Parents: Your Grown Children Don’t Want Your Stuff

Baby Boomer couple with moving box

In her article “Boomer parents: ‘One day, this will all be yours.’ Grown children: ‘Noooo!’ ” Samantha Bronkar, staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor, relays the message that the grown children of downsizing baby boomers parents don’t want their  collections of stuff.

“As baby boomers begin to downsize, they are discovering their grown children do not want their stuff. In fact, they recoil in something close to horror at the thought of trying to find room for collections of Hummels and Thomas Kinkade paintings.

Two hundred stuffed animals, two violins, and a 7-1/2 foot-tall Christmas tree: That was just a corner of the possessions Rosalie and Bill Kelleher accumulated over their 47-year marriage. And, they realized, it was about 199 stuffed animals more than their two grown children wanted.

Going from a four-bedroom house in New Bedford, Mass. – with an attic stuffed full of paper stacked four-feet tall – to a 1,300-square-foot apartment took six years of winnowing, sorting, shredding, and shlepping stuff to donation centers.

Among the possessions the Kellehers are keeping are three hutches – one that belonged to his mother, one that belonged to her mother, and one that they purchased together 35 years ago. One shelf is carefully lined with teacups Rosalie collected during her world travels. Another houses a delicate tea set from Japan, a gift her mother received on her wedding day.

‘We really don’t need them,’ she admits.”

Neither do their kids.

Read the rest at The Christian Science Monitor

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

Transition Thursday: Helping the Elderly Downsize

In her long career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross has been described by friends and colleagues as practical and calm. But two other traits, humor and patience, went right out the window when she decided to downsize.

“You ask yourself what you want to keep, and the answer is ‘everything,’ ” said Dr. Harrison-Ross, who turns 80 next month. “It’s an emotional roller coaster that takes a toll on you. It’s very tiring.

“I thought I could get down to the bare essence of things myself,” she said. “But that proved to be very difficult, much more than I had expected.”

Her solution: Dr. Harrison-Ross hired a senior move manager.

Read the rest at The New York Times

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

Transition Thursday: 10 Best Retirement Steps to Take Right Now

Chalk drawing of house and dollar sign on blackboard1. Have a discovery phase
Call it an assessment, checkup or discovery, but a key part of planning for retirement is taking an overall look at what’s going on. See where your money is invested, check the performance and scrutinize your contributions. Online tools, such as Bankrate’s best retirement calculator or retirement income calculator, can help you to see if you are on track to accumulate enough money to meet your expenses and the live you want to live in retirement.

2. Learn the rules
The rules of retirement financing are complicated, but you don’t have to be Einstein to learn them. Get the lowdown on a couple of specifics. Should you be in a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA? One has tax-deductible contributions, the other has tax-free withdrawals.

Social Security has different claiming strategies, and one notable loophole — “file-and-suspend” — is over. As you prepare for retirement, check your Social Security account to see how you might claim a bigger benefit by waiting until your full retirement age. At the very least, you should know that for every year past 62 you delay benefits, your monthly check increases.

Read more tips at Bankrate.com

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

55+ Senior Living Options

Ad for 55+ Senior Living OptionsREGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE SEMINAR: The “Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” debuts on Wednesday, February 1, with “55+ Senior Living Options”. You will learn the facts about the many types of retirement communities available in the East Bay area and the questions you should be asking when considering your options. This is the perfect place to educate yourself so that you can make the right decisions for you and your family.  Admission is free. Location: Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. Seminar start at 10 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at http://savvyseniorsliving.com. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Boomers and Seniors on the Move-2016 Directory for Older Adults

Boomers and Seniors on the Move

Boomers and Seniors on the Move-2016 Directory for Older Adults.

Proud to once again be supporting the Born to Age Directory for Older Adults for 2016. They will be celebrating their 10th year. I am proud to be the ONLY Seniors Real Estate Specialist represented in this magazine. Let me know if you have been wondering, “Who’s going to take care of me (or Mom & Dad) when I no longer can?” It’s a good question. Not many of us want to think about it, nor have made any plans. Many clients I work with don’t address this until a crisis occurs. Everyone hopes and prays for good health, prosperity and longevity.

Most of us will outlive our ability to drive. Past 80, approx. 50% of us will have some form of dementia, or some form of a chronic disease. So, it might be a good idea to understand the options and possibilities. Talk to your children, parents, family members, friends, trusted advisers about how you INTEND to live as you get older.

So much has changed in senior care in the past decade alone and most people have no idea just how much. New products are being introduced, new advances in technology, new senior living communities are opening-the rapidity of change is imminent. Let me know how I can help get you the resources and assistance you need now or for your future.

Dayna-Diablo Area’s Downsizing Diva!

Dayna Wilson Teaches “Moving Mom and Dad”

Moving Mom and Dad: 5 Common Mistakes Adult Children of Aging Parents Make and How to Avoid Them

Join Dayna Wilson- Seniors Real Estate Specialist and friends for an informative class designed specifically for those assisting elder family members with late-life moves. As experts specializing in assisting mature home buyers and sellers, we will introduce to you the five most common mistakes made by adult children of aging parents and how to avoid them.

You will gain valuable insights and strategies helping you and your family to…

Dayna Wilson Teaches Moving Mom & Dad

Dayna Wilson Teaches Moving Mom & Dad-5 Common Mistakes

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Create a plan of action for future care needs
  • Locate suitable senior living options
  • Simplify the relocation process
  • Find and hire the right support when you need it

Reserve your seat today! Contact Mt. Diablo Adult Education by calling 925-937-1530 or online: www.mtdiabloadulted.org

Downzing Class-5 Steps to a Successful Move

Downsizing Class-5 Steps to a Successful Move
East Bay Realtor Dayna Wilson Teaches Class for Mt. Diablo Adult Ed

Downsizing Class this Thursday in Pleasant Hill, ca

Downsizing Class this Thursday in Pleasant Hill, ca

Whether you’re contemplating a move or surrounded by a sea of boxes, you understand how overwhelming a move can be. Dayna Wilson, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, works with boomers and seniors on the move to help them transition to a more manageable residence. She will be teaching her popular class, Downsizing Made Easy–5 Steps to a Successful Move, at the Mt. Diablo Adult Education Center on Thursday, April 30, from 10:00am-11:30am. The goal of the class is to minimize the time, effort and stress of transitioning to your new life so you can enjoy it!
Walk with courage and move forward with confidence
Dayna’s message is to “walk with courage and move forward with confidence”. She helps her clients pack up their memories and their belongings and move from the large homes where they’ve raised their families into smaller ones where they can live more comfortable, simpler lives. To do this, Dayna provides a step-by-step downsizing plan that includes:

• Getting organized for your move
• Tips for hiring organizers, movers and other professionals
• Guidance for getting rid of decades worth of extra stuff
• Dialog on senior living options in the East Bay

“I love helping my senior citizen clients and their families downsize and find new homes that are more suited to their changing needs. In many cases, they are rattling around huge houses they can no longer care for and are becoming isolated, but it’s difficult to leave so many memories behind. I have a network of trusted preferred service providers who streamline this process for our seniors.”

40 page Workbooks available for purchase at class

40 page Workbooks available for purchase at class

To register: Mt. Diablo Adult Education, 925.937.1530, www.Mt.DiabloAdultEd.org.
*Note that there is a $15 materials fee for this class
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About Dayna Wilson Real Estate
Dayna Wilson has been selling homes for Keller Williams Realty since 2009. In that time, she has become one of the top 10 agents in her Walnut Creek office. Her homes typically sell within 30 days at 100%+ of the asking price. One of the advantages she brings to all of her clients is her comprehensive community knowledge–Dayna grew up in the East Bay, raised her family and still lives, works and plays here. Dayna is a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and understands the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home. Certified specialists have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages and the importance of universal design to ensuring a client’s important legal documentation is in order.

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Lamorinda Seniors…What’s “The Village?”

What the “The Village?”
We are a nonprofit, self-governing, community-based membership organization with the goal of enabling our members to remain in their own homes and communities as they age. It is not a bricks and mortar establishment. It is a “virtual” village with all the attributes of a village without actually being one.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Neighbors helping neighbors

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I am honored to be have been chosen as a Preferred Service Provider (PSP) for the newly formed Lamorinda Village! In conjunction with the other providers, my goal is to assist residents of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda (Lamorinda who are interested in remaining in their own homes and communities as they age – with the services, programs, and support needed and to do so with safety, confidence and independence.

There are over 150 Villages in operation and another 100 in development throughout the country. They are based on the very successful Beacon Hill Village established in Boston over ten years ago. There are numerous active Villages in Bay Area; Lamorinda Village will be the first in Contra Costa County. According to the 2010 census, Lamorinda has a population of 10,582 over the age of 65. That represents 18.4% of its total population. According to an AARP survey, almost 90% of us would prefer to remain in our own homes as we age.

Call #Dayna Wilson-Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) for more information. SRES

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