Back yard ‘granny pods’ address a need

By: PJ Feinstein and Susan Ahearn
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Remember the above-garage apartment Fonzie rented from the Cunninghams on TV’s “Happy Days”? Today that would be termed an “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU), or a small residence with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom located on the same single-family lot as a larger house. Accessory dwelling units have been around for centuries, starting perhaps with carriage houses. In recent... READ MORE

Villages help residents stay independent (Baltimore Edition)

By: Audrey Partington and Susan Ahearn
Posted on: September 19, 2019

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Three out of four adults over 50 want to remain in their homes as they age, according to AARP’s 2018 Home and Community Preferences Survey. Furthermore, a majority of adults surveyed said they would be interested in joining a so-called “village” — a nonprofit supported by volunteers who provide services that help residents “age... READ MORE

Beacon celebrates 20th year of 50+Expos

By: The Beacon
Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Beacon newspaper has been providing free community education events every fall for readers and their families. Known as the 50+Expos, they are held in both suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for the convenience of residents throughout the metro area. Between the two events, more than 100 informative exhibitors will provide giveaways and helpful... READ MORE

D.C. Housing Notes – July 2019

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: July 17, 2019

Assisted living community to open in Bowie Bald eagles tend to their nests on the county line between Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The birds will get some new neighbors this summer. Tribute at Melford, a lakefront community in Bowie, Maryland, will open with 140 suites, including 104 assisted living units and 36 memory care units. The facility, located ... READ MORE

You need a plan to pay for long-term care

By: Liz Weston
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Many people are frightened of long-term care costs — for good reason. Most people over 65 eventually will need help with daily living tasks, such as bathing, eating or dressing. Men will need assistance for an average of 2.2 years, while women will need it for 3.7 years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging. Many will rely on... READ MORE

How to ensure a successful estate sale

By: Belinda Byrd
Posted on: July 09, 2019

On any given weekend in the Washington, D.C. area, there are hundreds of estate sales competing with one another, and the market is being flooded with items that people who are cleaning house or downsizing no longer need. The resulting tsunami of “stuff” has given rise to a virtual explosion of businesses ready to help you sell, donate or dispose of it. Because of the avalanche of ... READ MORE