January 2021 Consumer Newsletter for Seniors
As an SRES® REALTOR®, I have access to monthly National Association of REALTORS® newsletters aimed at the senior citizen community (50+). The January 2021 Consumer Newsletter, link provided below, focuses on being a caregiver for a parent or loved one. In addition to providing rewarding experiences, caregiving can also result in becoming emotionally, physically and financially stressed. Accordingly, the newsletter focuses on preparing to be a caregiver as well as finding help and taking care of yourself. The January newsletter also points out ways to avoid vaccine scams and provides results from a recent home design trends survey.
Other interesting tidbits for the month:
While we are all probably a bit weary of pandemic discussions, this recent article in The Atlantic is probably worth highlighting. It focuses on older Americans who are often in live-in care facilities. Many of those facilities have had months of no contact with not only family but even with other residents of the facilities they live in. It’s not surprising that this is hugely detrimental from a social perspective, not only for the elderly but for their families as well. Older Americans who have all their faculties can in many cases adapt but those who have dementia, Alzheimers or physical challenges cannot. This article (link here) does not have any happy ending, but it’s worth knowing the social ramifications of actions so the next time perhaps we will have better solutions for our elderly.
Another interesting trend: there has been a lot of talk lately about ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) as a retirement home option for our older family members. I’ve always thought these were a great idea when the family would like to be close, but there isn’t enough room in a home to accommodate everyone. That being said, many localities have zoning and permitting rules that do not allow for ADUs to be built. But if you are in an area that allows them, they might be the answer to bringing everyone back together! See article here.
And now for some inspiration! This link will take you to 21 Stories of actions taken around the world to connect generations and fight loneliness. While these were focused on dealing with the challenges of the last year, many (all?) are worth continuing and expanding. Go ahead and read the different stories. I bet you smile. And get ideas.
What do you think about the above information?
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Enjoy your month!