How to hire good, but busy, contractors

By Annie Millerbernd
Posted on July 13, 2022

Brian Gawthrop has waited more than six months to remodel his home. The Washington state-based certified financial planner and his wife have a long enough wish list to keep a contractor busy — a kitchen remodel, new flooring, a new deck and many other upgrades. They did a cash-out refinance last summer, which lowered their mortgage rate and gave them money to use toward home... READ MORE

Many types of workers provide home care

By The ALS Association
Posted on July 12, 2022

“Home care” is a simple phrase that encompasses a wide range of health and social services. Here’s a review of the various types of workers who could be on your home support team: Assistive care providers Assistive care is non-­medical supportive care. The services provided by assistive care personnel can range from helping with personal care (e.g., bathing, dressing, grooming,... READ MORE

Bill would subsidize home improvements

By Homes Renewed Coalition
Posted on July 11, 2022

In May, United States Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg), along with co-sponsors Thomas Suozzi (D-NY) and Daniel Meuser (R-PA), introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to provide tax incentives so that older adults and people with disabilities can make the modifications necessary to age in place safely in their own homes. “Given the option, the vast majority of... READ MORE

When your kids make your home theirs

By Ted Anthony
Posted on July 07, 2022

Should the hanging from Thailand stay on the living-room wall where it has lived since I was born? Should we lay out the family room as it was when I was 8, when I was 17 or in a completely new configuration? Should we leave my mother’s spice rack on the north wall of the kitchen? What about the spices? When you live in a house passed down over generations, deep-time design... READ MORE

Useful services also offer part-time jobs

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on July 06, 2022

Two new businesses have come to the region that might appeal to you as a potential customer — or as a potential employee. Their services are aimed at those who are seeking certain kinds of practical help to enable them to remain in their neighborhoods as they age. One of them spins off a very basic household chore: doing the laundry. Are you the kind of person who hates doing laundry?... READ MORE

Survey: How we feel about aging in place

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Posted on June 27, 2022

The older you are, the less you fret about aging in your own home or community. That’s a key insight from a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, which found that U.S. adults ages 65 or older feel much better prepared to “age in place” than those 50 to 64, who are mostly still in the final stretches of their working years. The poll also documented... READ MORE

What can you do with boxes in the attic?

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 23, 2022

Preserve, share good memories while downsizing If you’ve ever tried to clear out your attic, basement or garage, you’ve likely unearthed treasures you’ll never be able to part with. Your wedding album, for one thing. Or yellowing scrapbooks, loose photographs, VHS tapes and slide carousels. What exactly should you do with these items that represent precious memories of a life... READ MORE

Sources that cover long-term care costs

By Harry S. Margolis
Posted on April 28, 2022

This story was originally published on Nextavenue.org. The state of Washington is taking steps to fill a huge gap in our country’s patchwork long-term care system. Beginning this year, workers in that state must pay 58 cents of every $100 they earn into a fund to help pay their long-term care costs in the future. In 2025, those Washington state residents who have paid in for at... READ MORE

Your vacation home needs an estate plan

By Tracy Craig and Emily Parker Beekman
Posted on April 26, 2022

Do you have a treasured second home, summer property or another vacation residence that your family enjoys? Have you thought about what happens to this beloved property when you die? If you do not plan appropriately and thoughtfully, problems may arise when you are gone. In fact, problems are almost unavoidable when emotional attachment mixes with family relationships. Planning can help ... READ MORE

How ‘smart’ devices can make life easier

By Jackie Stewart
Posted on April 21, 2022

Hank Norsworthy was tired of having to walk down a dark hallway to get to bed. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 40 years ago, he uses a rollator (a walker with wheels) to get around. After several friends adopted smart home technology to automate certain features, he decided to give it a try. He bought an Echo Dot as well as some smart lightbulbs and smart plugs to help automate his... READ MORE