Freedom Friday: Baby Boomers Gain Freedom Through Technology

Baby Boomer Couple Look at Content on Their Hand-Held Tablet

A 2017 report released by Pew Internet Research Project notes that older adults are steadily increasing their use of the Internet.

“Around four-in-ten (42%) adults ages 65 and older now report owning smartphones, up from just 18% in 2013. Internet use and home broadband adoption among this group have also risen substantially. Today, 67% of seniors use the internet – a 55-percentage-point increase in just under two decades. And for the first time, half of older Americans now have broadband at home.”

In her article Baby Boomers Gain Freedom Through Technology, author H. E. James notes that Baby Boomers are quickly adopting and adapting to the technologies which are native to their grandchildren, the Millennials. This trend is necessary, as technology will help Baby Boomers communicate with those caring for them — nurses, doctors, and caregivers.

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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

Wellness Wednesday – 10 Essential Health Tips For Seniors

In the last census baby boomers, those 65+, accounted for 13% of the population. This age group grew at a faster rate than the population under age 45, and it’s clear that the US is an aging population. Happily, aging is different now than it was for our parents and grandparents. Today, there are more people living longer than at any other time in history. In fact, boomers will number 78 million by 2030. “This generation, associated with social change including the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s, has another important cause—staying healthy,” says soon-to-be 65-year-old Arthur Hayward, MD, a geriatrician and clinical lead physician for Kaiser Permanente. “We need to become activists in promoting healthful behaviors and try our best to remain active and healthy the rest of our lives.”

How to do it? Dr. Hayward recommends these 10 easy health tips for seniors to help baby boomers live longer and thrive:

1. Quit smoking. Take this critical step to improve your health and combat aging. Smoking kills by causing cancer, strokes and heart failure. Smoking leads to erectile dysfunction in men due to atherosclerosis and to excessive wrinkling by attacking skin elasticity. Many resources are available to help you quit.

2. Keep active. Do something to keep fit each day—something you enjoy that maintains strength, balance and flexibility and promotes cardiovascular health. Physical activity helps you stay at a healthy weight, prevent or control illness, sleep better, reduce stress, avoid falls and look and feel better, too.

3. Eat well. Combined with physical activity, eating nutritious foods in the right amounts can help keep you healthy. Many illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, can be prevented or controlled with dietary changes and exercise. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can help women prevent osteoporosis.

4. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Use the Kaiser Permanente BMI (body mass index) calculator to find out what you should weigh for your height. Get to your healthy weight and stay there by eating right and keeping active. Replace sugary drinks with water—water is calorie free!

5. Prevent falls. We become vulnerable to falls as we age. Prevent falls and injury by removing loose carpet or throw rugs. Keep paths clear of electrical cords and clutter, and use night-lights in hallways and bathrooms. Did you know that people who walk barefoot fall more frequently? Wear shoes with good support to reduce the risk of falling.

6. Stay up-to-date on immunizations and other health screenings. By age 50, women should begin mammography screening for breast cancer. Men can be checked for prostate cancer. Many preventive screenings are available. Those who are new to Medicare are entitled to a “Welcome to Medicare” visit and all Medicare members to an annual wellness visit. Use these visits to discuss which preventative screenings and vaccinations are due.

7. Prevent skin cancer. As we age, our skin grows thinner; it becomes drier and less elastic. Wrinkles appear, and cuts and bruises take longer to heal. Be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Too much sun and ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer.

8. Get regular dental, vision and hearing checkups. Your teeth and gums will last a lifetime if you care for them properly—that means daily brushing and flossing and getting regular dental checkups. By age 50, most people notice changes to their vision, including a gradual decline in the ability to see small print or focus on close objects. Common eye problems that can impair vision include cataracts and glaucoma. Hearing loss occurs commonly with aging, often due to exposure to loud noise.

9. Manage stress. Try exercise or relaxation techniques—perhaps meditation or yoga—as a means of coping. Make time for friends and social contacts and fun. Successful coping can affect our health and how we feel. Learn the role of positive thinking.

10. Fan the flame. When it comes to sexual intimacy and aging, age is no reason to limit your sexual enjoyment. Learn about physical changes that come with aging and get suggestions to help you adjust to them, if necessary.

 

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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

Wellness Wednesday – Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion – What is the Difference?

Thermometer and Sun Depicintg Summer HeatHeat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body`s temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

 

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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

Freedom Friday: How To Plan A Multi-Generational Family Vacation Without Losing Your Mind

multi-generational group on beachIt began with a group text. Author Lauren Cormier, her three sisters and mother, chatted about how fun it would be to get together for a big family vacation.

At first it was just talk, tossing around location ideas and what time of year would offer the nicest weather, but slowly the talk transformed to serious planning. Before she knew it, the five families (ten adults and ten children) were all together for a week-long vacation in Florida.

If you’ve considered going on a similar multi-generational vacation, you’re not alone. According to AARP, about 25% of trips that baby boomers anticipate taking are with extended family.

Read more to discover tips on how to plan a multi-generational vacation

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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

Wellness Wednesday – 8 Healthy, White Foods

bowl of yogurtYes, even a few carbs made the list!

Colorful fruits and vegetables might get all the love, but some white foods have terrific health benefits, too. Thanks to the folks at AARP, here are a few white foods to add to your shopping cart.

Find out more about the 8 healthy white foods

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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

Wellness Wednesday – Tips for Staying Healthy as You Age

The Importance of Mobility for Aging Well

As quoted in an April 15 Washington Post article by Steven Petrow, Miriam C. Morey, professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and senior fellow in its Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development has advice for seniors who want to maintain their mobility as they age:

“As you get into the older age bracket, you need to reset your thinking in terms of whatever you’ve been doing and what you want to do in the future. We need to transition into thinking about mobility, how to augment or enhance it.

From an exercise point, ask: Are my legs strong enough? Can I get out of my chair without using my hand to help?

Do a simple test: Put your arms across your chest and see if you can get out of the chair without using your arms.

Also, what is my balance like, because once you reach this age [many] start to lose their balance. Can you stand on one leg? Start practicing.

You should think about your strength because that’s one of the most important thing about maintaining your independence. Do less cardio and do more things for strength — lower- and upper-body.”

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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

Remodeling ROI

Our clients constantly ask us to come to their homes and tell them which remodeling or updating projects they should consider before listing their homes with us.

Well, “that depends,” we say.

Whether you’re dying to update your kitchen, add a half-bath, or kick back on a brand-new deck, it pays off big-time to know just what kind of return on investment your dream renovation might deliver.

You’re in luck. Remodeling magazine has just released its annual Cost vs. Value report, which analyzes what you’ll pay for various upgrades – and how much you’ll recoup on that investment when you sell your home.

There wasn’t much change between the 2016 and the 2017 report. What did change is the value of pricier project rose, reflecting the fact the housing market is healthier than ever.

Still, the perennial chart toppers for ROI are the cheapest to pull off. For the past two years, the top finisher was installing loose-fill fiberglass insulation in the attic. Not exactly sexy, but boy, is it cost-effective!

The biggest take-away for home sellers is the fact that the attic insulation is the ONLY renovation that brings over 100% ROI and the remainder typically won’t pay them back in full.

What we do see is that many homeowners have deferred maintenance and haven’t updated their homes for years, if not decades. They have a tough choice to make: sell “as-is, (which is a misnomer since ALL real estate sold in the state of CA is sold as is, per the purchase contract) or do a few updates to bring the home to its market ready, competitive best.

I recommend a consultation with your Realtor to look at the comparabel home sales to determnine what your home will sell for and then move forward accordingly.

P.S. Note: I work with extraordinary contractors, flooring professionals and other seasoned service providers that will, on a case-by-case basis, get paid out of escrow.

FREE SEMINAR: April 12th: Estate Liquidation Strategies

Ad FREE SEMINAR: April 12th: Estate Liquidation StrategiesREGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE SEMINAR: The “Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” presents “Estate Liquidation Strategies” on April 12th.

Selling that excess “stuff” isn’t what it used to be. Finding out what things will sell and for how much requires research and experience and that’s only the beginning. Get your estate liquidation questions answered at our free seminar featuring industry experts that will speak about auctions, estate sales, consignment, charitable donations and more.

  • What is my china and crystal worth?
  • Could my things be sold through an auction house?
  • Do I have enough excess “stuff” for a professional estate sale?
  • How do I prepare for an estate sale?
  • Who can help me decide what to keep and what to sell or give away?

Admission is free. Location: Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. Time: 10 AM – 11:30 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at http://savvyseniorsliving.com/schedule/. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

What am I waiting for? A question on a napkin with a cup of coffee.

It’s a new year! Here are 5 ways to stop procrastinating:

Do the Worst Thing First

Attack the hardest task when your energy is fresh and you give yourself the strongest chance of success.

Start Your Day Over at 2 p.m.

At 2 p.m. every day, assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing.

Race the Clock

Having trouble even beginning a burdensome project? Try the old trick of setting a timer for 10 minutes. Work in a focused, perhaps even frantic manner for that short stretch, and watch what happens.

Don’t Interrupt Yourself

If you get pulled away from tasks by every ding, whistle, and ring on your digital devices, well, you’re like most of us. But keep in mind that other people aren’t interrupting you; you are interrupting yourself.

Create an Audience

It’s easy to blow things off when your commitment to yourself is the only thing at stake. But make yourself accountable to a friend and suddenly potential embarrassment becomes a powerful motivator.

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Need to find a real estate agent near Walnut Creek CA? Dayna Wilson serves the East Bay communities of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton and Martinez. A certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist ®, Dayna helps boomers and seniors with the financial and emotional challenges encountered when selling a long-held family home.

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Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate

Dayna's Dash of Real Estate

Dayna’s Dash of Real Estate