Coping with clutter and hoarder disorder

By Stephanie Watson
Posted on January 18, 2015

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, newspapers and... READ MORE

What to know if you rent out your home

By Melissa Rayworth
Posted on January 17, 2015

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
Posted on January 07, 2015

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

CCRCs pair housing with health benefits

By By Pat Mertz Esswein and Sandra Block
Posted on January 06, 2015

When Monica Rotchford couldn’t handle the stairs in her house anymore, she knew it was time for a change. She and her husband Charles had lived there for many years, but the house just didn’t make sense for them anymore.In their 90s, the Rotchfords were still very independent and didn’t require assisted living or skilled nursing care. They decided to look into continuing... READ MORE

Taking charge of how we live as we age

By Beth Baker
Posted on July 09, 2014

The following is adapted from the introduction to the recently published book, With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Communities As We Grow Older (2014, Vanderbilt University Press) by Beth Baker, a writer living in Takoma Park, Md. The book explores many creative housing options for older adults, from home sharing to cohousing to aging-in-place villages.Lynne Moore, a 50-something... READ MORE

New technology enables aging in place

By Laurie Orlov and Barbara Ruben
Posted on April 23, 2012

From wireless monitoring systems to devices that call for emergency response, technology that helps older adults live at home is growing by leaps and bounds. Below are five devices that have recently gone on the market. They not only allow people to live at home longer, but let them communicate with family members quickly and easily.The GrandCare System connects via Internet and... READ MORE

The retirement community of the future

By Sarah Bruyn Jones
Posted on April 23, 2012

With retirees increasingly worrying about outliving their savings, Friendship Retirement Community is looking to address the concern with the assistance of architecture students.The Roanoke retirement community that currently is home to nearly 900 people is in the early stages of developing a research partnership with two of Virginia’s leading architecture schools. The aim is to... READ MORE

Villages help older homeowners stay put

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on July 01, 2011

According to many surveys, most retirees would prefer to remain in their present home in a familiar, intergenerational neighborhood rather than move to a retirement community. But what about all the chores? And how can homeowners obtain qualified healthcare and transportation when needed? One solution can be to form supportive neighborhood “villages,” where residents pool their... READ MORE

Cottages bring caregiving to the backyard

By Anne Ball
Posted on July 01, 2011

Virginia minister Ken Dupin heard the worries over and over again from parishioners. There were older church members wondering how they could remain independent when their daily living needs increased with age, and younger members concerned about frail loved ones living on their own. So he envisioned a high-tech, fully-furnished diminutive modular home that could be placed in a... READ MORE

What’s a ‘continuing care’ community?

By Jane Bennett Clark
Posted on July 01, 2011

It’s an intriguing but tricky sell: Leave your home and neighborhood while you’re still relatively healthy and move to a retirement community that offers a range of housing, country-club-style amenities and access to future care.To pay for your new setting, called a continuing care retirement community (or CCRC), you fork over a hefty entrance fee, stiff monthly fees or both.... READ MORE