Share your home like the Golden Girls did

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on June 19, 2015

Eight years ago, Bonnie Moore found herself divorced with a newly remodeled five-bedroom home in Bowie, Md. “I had all the bills and half the income,” she said. Moore didn’t want to lose her home, so she decided to take in roommates. But unlike many landlords who don’t have a particular tenant in mind, Moore had a plan. “I wanted women the same age I was,” the now 70-year-old ... READ MORE

Moving between levels of care at CCRCs

By Erin G. Roth
Posted on June 16, 2015

Senior housing options that include a range of care services — from independent apartments to assisted living to nursing care, commonly referred to as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) — provide seniors and their family members with a sense of security and peace of mind.Because everything is offered under the same institutional umbrella, there’s no need for... READ MORE

What’s in a name? Ask these communities

By Rebekah Sewell
Posted on March 30, 2015

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
Posted on March 23, 2015

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
Posted on March 20, 2015

 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
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