Category Archives: Residential Communities

Signs A Loved One May Need Assisted Living

This is a toughie.  Our loved ones want to stay in their homes as long as is possible, but at a certain point it is just not safe.  How do you know when that time has come? Here are some clues that can be a big help.  Don’t wait till there is a serious accident or unattended illness!   Source: Signs Your Parent May Need Assisted Living

CAPABLE Program Helping Older Adults With Aging At Home

Aging at home – after all, isn’t that what the vast majority of us want?  How do we avoid nursing homes or assisted living without overburdening our loved ones? And our generation is full of “elder orphans”, people who did not have children and really have no family to turn to in a health crisis.  It’s time for innovative thinking, and the program described in this article is one of the best we’ve seen.  A comprehensive, creative approach to managing resources is the key, and we boomers are the perfect folks to make it happen.  Read on!  Source: CAPABLE Program Helping Older Adults With Aging At Home

Reverse mortgages: A few benefits, but use caution

Have you been thinking about a reverse mortgage? The commercials and ads sure make it seem easy and attractive, but as always there are caveats to consider before taking the plunge.  It’s a growing trend, but please educate yourself first!  Here is a good, objective start from our own Spokesman-Review:  Source: Reverse mortgages: A few benefits, but use caution | The Spokesman-Review

What helps seniors age in place?

“Finlay found that seniors love skyways, dread icy sidewalks and joke about being killed while trying to cross a busy street — even with the light and in a crosswalk.” Does this sound like an article written about Spokane this winter?  Actually, the city in question is Minneapolis, but many of the issues considered apply to those of us in Spokane.  For some interesting insights, follow the link:  Source: What helps Minnesota seniors age in place? U researcher has some clues – StarTribune.com

Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation

Cohousing is not a new concept, but it is definitely gaining traction.  PBS NewsHour did a nice piece on a Denmark community recently, and it is really interesting.  Could cohousing work in Spokane? Why not?  Source: Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation | PBS NewsHour

Mother in Law Cottage Just $16,800

Many of us are interested in the tiny house movement, and the trend is catching fire.  This article features on that looks extra nice, and what a great price!Source: The Mother in Law Cottage Is $16,800

Think about aging and accessibility when buying, building or remodeling a home

Real estate agents and builders say homebuyers should think ahead to their old age when buying, building or remodeling a home. This article takes a close look at the accommodations and considerations we need to “age in place”. Source: Think about aging and accessibility when buying, building or remodeling a home | The Spokesman-Review