Have you reached a point in your life where you are ready to “right-size” to a smaller home, or move into an independent or assisted living community?  While you may be excited about simplifying your life and getting rid of excess “stuff,” there is no doubt that a move later in life can have its complexities.  If you are preparing to move, then we recommend you have an experienced team in place to assist with these changes.

Getting Past the Overwhelm of Decluttering

One of the biggest hurdles with downsizing is deciding what to take with you. It can feel overwhelming to sort through a lifetime of items in your home. Family pictures, birthday presents, holiday décor and childhood toys can often fill the storage spaces. How do you sort through these items in a way that allows you to fit into your new home comfortably, but preserves your family memories?

Senior Move Managers are professionals who specialize in helping older adults with the task of downsizing and moving to a new residence. They know the nuances of moving later in life, and they can offer specialized services to optimize your experience. For example, they can obtain the floor plans of your new residence, help you measure your existing furniture, then determine which pieces to bring with you. Senior Move Managers can also coordinate packing, moving, and set up your belongings in your new home. For those things you decide not to bring along, a Senior Move Manager can help coordinate an estate sale or the donation of less valuable items. Look at the National Association of Senior Move Managers for more information.

Senior Real Estate Specialists

For many older adults, their home is their most valuable asset. How do you make sure you are getting the most value when you are selling your home and choosing your next residence? Senior Real Estate Specialists® are Realtors® with specialized expertise in helping adults 50+ with relocation, financing and selling their home.  With their involvement, you can have the confidence that your transaction will be handled with patience and professionalism, and that they will link you with other professional resources appropriate for your needs. Are you contemplating a move or other life change? Then you need to talk to our team at Windward Life Care. We offer a variety of services to support lifestyle and health as people age.

Looking for a meaningful present this Mother’s Day? Writing your story, or helping an older relative to create a memoir, is a gift that many generations can share.

Life experiences shape an individual, and can influence the choices made by future generations in a family. The things that your parents and grandparents learned can be passed along to your children, creating depth in the relationships to maintain family culture.

It is essential to preserve these memories while your family member is still capable of re-telling the stories. Many families want to record these memories, including the stories of their mothers and grandmothers. You can write down your stories, and work with family members to write down their memories as well.

Getting Started with Your Memoir

You might find that the easiest place to start is by writing a memoir about one story from your life, instead of recording the entire story of your life. You can continue writing memoirs to share different experiences, making it a less intimidating project compared to a full autobiography.

If you are having a hard time pinpointing one story to tell, then you might try diagramming your life to find the perspective that you need. Look for patterns or pivotal events that could provide insights and lessons for your posterity.

Tools to Write Your Memoir

Some people are overwhelmed at the idea of writing a memoir. Where do you start? We are lucky to live in a time that offers many digital tools! If you like the idea of having some prompts, then you might consider an oral history app, such as StoryCorps. This phone app has several questions you can choose from to get started, and can be used on the go, allowing you to capture family memories around the dinner table or while visiting with an elderly family member.

The audio can be saved, preserving the voice of the speaker. Additionally, the information can be transcribed into written form to be printed or published. It is a good idea to keep a digital copy of the files, along with a backup in case something happens to the original. Here at Windward Life Care, we want to maximize your life experience and help you find the resources that are needed to maintain good health and strong family relationships. Contact us to learn more about the services that are available for your family.