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Entries for 2022



22 Thrifted Gift Ideas

 Posted by Steven Grimm on December 5, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to start and end at big-name retailers and department stores. You can save money and find the perfect gift by shopping second-hand! With an open mind and a sprinkle of creativity, you can find meaningful, memorable, thrifted gifts for the loved ones on your list. Why Give Thrifted Gifts for Christmas? Giving thrifted Christmas gifts is a nice way to celebrate the thoughtfulness and generosity of the season w...

Managing Holiday Stress: Tips for Sandwich Generation Caregivers

 Posted by Steven Grimm on November 28, 2022 at 9:00 AM
It’s not easy being a sandwich generation caregiver, especially during the holidays. How do you avoid burnout, organize your priorities, and create happy experiences for your aging parents, spouse, and children—and yourself, too? The good news is, it’s not impossible! We share some tips on how you can reduce holiday stress and enjoy time with those who depend on you. What Causes Holiday Stress for Sandwich Generation Caregivers? The holidays...

Starting New Family Traditions after Downsizing & Other Changes

 Posted by Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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 Steven Grimm 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). ...
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