What’s in a name? Ask these communities

By: Rebekah Sewell

A number of long-standing senior living communities in the area were originally established with religious roots, and their church affiliation was reflected in their original names.For decades, being such a faith-based nonprofit attracted both residents of that faith as well as others who associated both trustworthiness and goodwill with religious organizations. Even today, for many people, ... READ MORE

To sell your home, give every room a role

By: Kim Cook

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with.But when your house is on the market, every room has a role to play to make the sale. Next to fixing whatever’s broken,... READ MORE

How to evaluate a retirement community

By: Adele Winters

 If you’re considering a move for yourself or a family member to an independent living retirement community, there are a number of criteria you should consider before making your final decision.Among the most basic things to consider is the quality of the staff, facility and programming. Concern for residents’ safety is especially important.Look for:• On-site... READ MORE

Coping with clutter and hoarder disorder

By: Stephanie Watson

Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions — even when we no longer need them. I have a collection of greeting cards I’ve been storing since childhood and will probably never look at again. My husband owns a few pieces of clothing older than our 17-year marriage.Yet some people take their keepsakes to the extreme, holding onto decades’ worth of receipts,... READ MORE

What to know if you rent out your home

By: Melissa Rayworth

Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn’t set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary.“We have rented out our home in Florida for nine years because we move all over with the military,” said Kent, who recently relocated her family from Nevada to Alabama for yet another posting.Some people become accidental landlords because of a job change or difficulty... READ MORE

Why consider a housing referral service?

By: By Carol Sorgen

Arlene Scherr had been looking for a residential community for her mother for five years.“Every time I asked for help, though, I just got a piece of paper with a list of communities,” said the Owings Mills resident. Until, that is, Scherr was referred to Paula Sotir of Care Patrol.“Paula not only gave me a list of communities that she had already narrowed down as being a... READ MORE