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About this blog: I developed a special interest in helping seniors with their challenges and transitions when my dad had a stroke and I helped him through all the various stages of downsizing, packing, moving and finding an assisted living communi... (More)
About this blog: I developed a special interest in helping seniors with their challenges and transitions when my dad had a stroke and I helped him through all the various stages of downsizing, packing, moving and finding an assisted living community. I live in Palo Alto with my wife and we have three grown children, one still in college. I have been in the Bay Area since 1977 (except for seven years in Newton MA — just missed all that snow too much.) I've worked in sales and marketing in retirement communities for seven years, and have hired and managed home care workers for family members, and have a pretty good idea of how aging in place, or shopping for and selecting the right retirement community works. I now run my own business, Palo Alto Senior Living, providing real estate and senior transition services. This blog is designed to share my experiences, insight and knowledge with seniors and their baby boomer kids and provide useful information to help develop a roadmap for smooth transitions or aging in place. I welcome readers to share their experiences, both good and not-so-good, in the hope that we all can benefit from each other. (Hide)
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I attended the Avenidas Housing Conference on 3/22/14 and was very impressed with all the resources that were brought together to help seniors whether they were planning to continue aging in place in their homes or possibly moving to a retirement community. Avenidas is a wonderful senior-focused organization located right downtown in Palo Alto, but their virtual community (Avenidas Village) encompasses an area far greater in scope. It allows for folks living alone in their family homes to overcome the feeling of isolation they may experience as their neighbors move or pass away, as well as possibly the passing of their spouse.
The housing conference afforded seniors the opportunity to obtain related information in one place on one day. Sessions included: an overview of senior living options; how to downsize, reduce clutter and prepare for a move or home sale; an overview of the real estate market (the view is good if you are a seller); senior-focused technology; and financial planning for the golden years.
The question of remaining in your home, often alone, versus moving to a retirment community is something that each person must answer for themselves. Having a resource center like Avenidas at your fingertips can help folks make a wise, informed decision based on facts and information rather than purely making an emotional response.