When your adult child moves back home

By Kimberly Palmer
Posted on January 18, 2023

When Amanda Claypool was 28, she left a government contracting job in Washington, D.C., and moved back to her parents’ house in upstate New York while she figured out her next step. Then the pandemic struck, and her temporary return lasted longer than she’d planned. Living with her parents for several months “helped give me more flexibility to pivot to a new career,” said... READ MORE

Are heat pumps or solar panels better?

By Ben Demers
Posted on January 13, 2023

Solar panels or a heat pump? Both can improve your home’s energy efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint and, crucially, save you money on your energy bills. Heat pumps use electricity to extract heat from the air and pump it into your home. This thermal energy can be used to heat your water supply and keep your home warm. Heat pumps produce so much thermal energy that they can... READ MORE

The role of a geriatric care manager

By Joel Theisen, RN
Posted on January 11, 2023

It can happen in an instant. One day your dad is living on his own, independent and mostly healthy despite advancing age. The next he’s in bed with a broken something, dependent on his grown children, and forced to move into a long-term care facility because you don’t have time to research alternatives. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times. Dad ... READ MORE

Many benefits of intergenerational living

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on January 10, 2023

In Fairfax City, a unique apartment complex is being built adjacent to the George Mason University (GMU) campus. Named One University, it will open in the summer of 2024 with 333 units for college students, 120 units for families, and 120 units for people over age 62. One University’s 10.8-acre site will have multi-family and senior apartments for people and families earning up to 60... READ MORE

Where family caregivers can find support

By Beth Albaneze
Posted on January 06, 2023

Few experiences in life are more difficult than caring for a loved one who is in mental decline, who is unstable, or who requires long-term care. Most family caregivers aren’t trained and don’t have any outside support, and it’s easy to imagine how overwhelming that situation would be. But give yourself a break: Do not take every burden upon yourself, or you’ll risk developing... READ MORE

DC Housing News — January 2023

By Beacon Staff
Posted on January 05, 2023

Speaker series helps introduce The Carnegie Last fall, 150 people flocked to a lecture by “Downton Abbey” consultant Rebecca Eaton, executive producer at large for “Masterpiece Theater.” Eaton, who also worked on the television series “Sherlock,” shared some behind-the-scenes stories and reflected on her career in public television. The lecture was sponsored by The Carnegie... READ MORE

Understanding ‘activities of daily living’

By Chris Harper
Posted on December 21, 2022

When looking into what senior living options are available and their different levels of care, it is important to empower yourself by getting to know different key words and phrases used in the field. For example, in senior living communities, caregivers need to know what types of assistance a resident might need to stay healthy and safe. One way to identify needs and challenges is by... READ MORE

Adult day centers assist aging in place

By Alina Tugend
Posted on October 27, 2022

When Eileen Roehr’s husband, Casey, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018, she went looking for helpful resources. High on her to-do list was finding an adult day center for him. “The two most valuable things to keep people with dementia functioning as long as possible [are] physical activity and social interaction,” said Roehr, 80, a former psychiatric nurse. Roehr, of... READ MORE

New law saves more on green updates

By Rocky Mengle
Posted on October 20, 2022

If you’re planning a few home improvements that will boost the energy efficiency of your house, you may save some money on your projects now that the Inflation Reduction Act has been signed into law. One of the act’s main goals is to address climate change and slow down global warming. The legislation extends and enhances two tax credits that reward “green” upgrades to your home. ... READ MORE

A fall home prep and maintenance plan

By Adriana Lopez, Porch.com
Posted on October 18, 2022

This time of the year represents the harvest — a time to acknowledge growth and expansion as a natural part of our well-being. Read on for a list of fall home maintenance tips that will help you get excited about the season. Start indoors The basics. Now is a good time to inspect things like your home’s plumbing, electrical wiring and panels. Ensure that all plumbing is properly... READ MORE