Your kids don’t treasure your treasures?

By: Carol Sorgen

When Shelley Shannon remarried recently, she went from a five-bedroom house to a two-bedroom furnished condo in Baltimore City. “We’re still trying to fit the few things I brought in,” said Shannon, who either sold or gave away 85 percent of her belongings. “If they aren’t important for this lifetime, they aren’t important,” she said. “When you really want something... READ MORE

Find help with home chores and small jobs

By: Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help folks with home chores or small jobs? — Looking for Mom Dear Looking: Getting help at home for any number of household tasks is a lot easier than it used to be, thanks to a number of web-based tools that can quickly and easily connect you and your mom to a wide variety of skilled,... READ MORE

Smart storage strategies for small kitchens

By: Kim Cook

Urban kitchens are typically tiny, presenting storage challenges. So for city dwellers, adaptability comes in handy in the kitchen. And for food storage, there’s also the frequent problem of unwelcome houseguests, like mice or bugs. Luckily, there’s a lot of great gear to keep perishables and pantry goods organized and protected, much of it pretty stylish too. Alex Weibel,... READ MORE

A passion for helping those with dementia

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Elaine Rose’s husband had already been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) — a rare group of brain disorders caused by progressive nerve loss in the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain — when she knew that she could no longer care for him on her own. He’d been exhibiting “quirkier” behavior for a while, and it was getting difficult to provide him the best quality of... READ MORE

D.C. Housing Notes – October 2018

By: Barbara Ruben and Rebekah Alcalde

New, affordable church-based community The Sanctuary, an affordable senior housing community on the campus of the Mount Jezreel Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., opened last summer. The 75-unit independent living community includes 12 units set aside for low-income older veterans, as well as apartments for seniors at a variety of income levels. The $18.6 million Sanctuary includes... READ MORE

Get schooled on classes in the D.C. area

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Yearning to take classes again? There are numerous free or low-cost options for continuing education in the Washington Metropolitan area. From archaeology to politics, here are a few to look into. George Mason University Audit Program George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., enables those 60 and older who have lived in Virginia for at least one year to audit classes tuition-free.... READ MORE