The New Tax Bill Could Devastate Home Prices In California

Today, we have urgent business to discuss. This is something that I promise will affect every homeowner in California. I’m talking about the new tax bill that was just signed intolaw before the holidays. Now please understand me here. If I sound like I’m concerned, it’s because I am. I’m concerned for our community and I want to help. I’m not making any type of commentary on anything other than how this bill specifically affects our local homeowners and, of

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Managing An Aging Adults Investments

I truly understand the financial challenges facing aging adults. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the housing bubble burst and the whole economy went down with it. I remember watching friends and family losing their houses, their portfolios and their hopes for retirement. I even remember friends coming out of retirement and getting back into the workforce because they had no choice. For these reasons among many others, today I want to talk about a few effective ways

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How To Downsize A Home: A Caregiver’s Guide

Does anybody love moving? I’d be very surprised if anyone answered yes. It’s stressful, time consuming, expensive…some might even say overwhelming. Now I want you to imagine your parents having to, not only move, but also downsize from the big 4-bedroom house where you grew up to a 2-bedroom condo.   Perhaps you mom or dad is moving to an assisted living community or maybe a room in your house. This is not an average move. Sorting through decades of family

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Memory Care For Aging Adults: Recognize the Signs

There is a moment when you first wonder if a parent, or yourself for that matter, is suffering from some type of memory loss. Let me tell you it’s terrifying. You sit around and worry that it could be Alzheimer’s. In the medical field they call it cognitive impairment, but I’m not sure that does it justice. Dementia is a brutal condition for family members of the afflicted to witness.   It is progressive and insidious. A loved ones faculties are

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Steps You Can Take To Prevent An Aging Loved One From A Fall – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 and thank you for sticking with me. If you didn’t read the part 1 of this series, I do recommend you take a look at the information there at some point. Today we’re going to talk about ways to actively reduce the chance of a fall. Reducing the Risk Get a check-up – Frequent check-ups will do more to prevent a fall than anything. If you are alerted to a potential risk, you will be

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Why We All Should Want An Advanced Directive

Ughhh, I get it. Who wants to talk about advanced directives? The answer is nobody, which is exactly why I want to talk with you about it today.   So many of us avoid the conversation completely. If the legal documents are for you, then you’re stuck thinking about your own mortality, if they’re for your parents, then you have to think about losing mom and dad. I’m honestly not sure which is worse. Here’s why it’s so important to have

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Checklist: Questions You Should Ask An Assisted Living Community

We’ve all heard the nightmare stories. You pay money to put your parent into an assisted living community. You think you are doing the best that you can for mom or dad. Then there is neglect. One day you show up and the sheets are dirty, mom hasn’t taken her medication or dad hasn’t bathed in days.   You scream bloody murder at the attendees, but it lands on deaf ears. This is elder abuse and worse you’re paying for it.

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Unburden Your Family, Plan For Long-Term Care Before You Need It

I’ve ben working in the Above 50 market for many years and I love it. I love helping clients through a difficult time of transition and I love training other professionals to do the same. So here’s a bit of clarity I had while I was driving to an appointment yesterday. Without exception, no one wants to be a burden on their family when their health declines. In fact, the stress of not being prepared in advance can actually speed

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When the Elderly Abuse the Caregivers Who Care For Them

Have you ever heard the expression “it’s easier to hurt the ones you love”? Unfortunately, this is a cruel truth. Think about it. At what point did you stop taking your parents for granted? Do you still? Anyway, consider that it’s easy to expect more from those who selflessly give you the most. A lot of people never even realize they’re doing it. So what happens when the elderly take their caregivers for granted? Abuse. Families First So you’re taking

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Are Dug Prescriptions Killing Your Parents? Eldercare Gone Awry:

When was the last time you went rummaging through your parents medicine cabinet? I know, they like their privacy. Fair enough…until you accidentally get a glimpse of the pharmacy they keep in there. Now the fact that they’re engaged with their own health is a good thing as long as everyone is on the same page. Here’s why? Side Effects Medications have side effects. How many times have you watched a drug commercial and thought, “My God, the side effects

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