Home care sees uptick during pandemic

By Margaret Foster
Posted on July 13, 2020

Before coronavirus descended on the D.C. area, a resident of the Ring House in Rockville used to call House Calls LLC whenever she needed groceries, help taking medication or writing a check. Now, however, her trusted home care provider, Sarah Putnam, can’t go into her apartment. In fact, she can do little more than deliver groceries to her front steps. When it comes to writing a check,... READ MORE

Bringing people together safely, clearly

By Ivey Noojin
Posted on July 03, 2020

While talking with family and friends on the phone or video chatting on platforms like Zoom or FaceTime are better than nothing, people all across the world are missing the opportunity to engage with their fellow human beings in person. This is especially true of those living in retirement communities where they are largely isolated during the pandemic. In June, the Georgia-based company... READ MORE

Home equity line of credit pros and cons

By Elliot Raphaelson
Posted on June 22, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus, many families are facing both short-term income uncertainty and uncertainty regarding the future value of their asset holdings. One way to provide more stability regarding access to assets at a reasonable cost is a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Individuals who have substantial equity in their primary residence are generally able to obtain a line of... READ MORE

Communities pivot during the pandemic

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 22, 2020

This summer, change is in the air. Everyone has had to make adjustments to fight the current pandemic — staying at home, wearing face masks — including those who live in local assisted living or independent living facilities. All of these communities have had to make changes to ensure the safety of their residents. At Blair House at Stoneleigh in Baltimore, for instance, visitors must ... READ MORE

The liberating feeling of a smaller home

By Herine Roth
Posted on June 19, 2020

With the current trend toward de-cluttering and downsizing, there are plenty of books about how to winnow down possessions to the few that are truly necessary and beloved. One book shows how you can live well once that’s done. In Downsize: Living Large in a Small House (2019, The Taunton Press), author Sheri Koones focuses on practical ways to live well at home once you’ve... READ MORE

Sell with less hassle (but for less money)

By Pat Mertz Esswein
Posted on June 18, 2020

The prospect of selling and leaving your longtime home can seem overwhelming under the best of circumstances. But it is all the more so if you have lost your spouse, have health or cognitive issues, or need a quick sale so you can move to a better situation, such as assisted living. The challenge is greater if the home is in poor condition, say, because of long-deferred maintenance. Your ... READ MORE

Love, marriage in the time of pandemic

By Sheri Venema
Posted on June 18, 2020

The bride wore sensible sandals and the white lace dress she had fortunately purchased in pre-pandemic times. Her left hand clutched a small bouquet of white and pink roses. The groom wore a dark sports coat with a boutonniere to match her bouquet. Her hair was white; what remained of his was gray. The chapel pews were empty. With their Baltimore County retirement community under... READ MORE

Thinking of retiring? Conduct a test-drive

By Alina Tugend
Posted on April 01, 2020

Bev Bachel, 62, is trying retirement on for size.  For years, Bachel, a freelance communications professional in Minneapolis, took on highly demanding contract jobs that typically lasted more than a year. She put in long hours, often managed other writers and had to be available for on-site meetings. “A friend of mine said that when you’re self-employed, you never really retire.... READ MORE

Ease uncertainty with a reverse mortgage

By Steven J. Sless, CLTC
Posted on April 01, 2020

U.S. and global economic volatility due to the COVID-19 pandemic have many retirees (and those close to retirement) worrying how to survive these turbulent times.  Will you have enough assets to maintain your lifestyle and meet retirement spending goals in the face of a possibly long-term bear market?  Traditionally, older adults fund retirement with a mixture of Social Security,... READ MORE

How the move to a community felt to me

By Alice G. Miller
Posted on March 26, 2020

On the first day in my new retirement community, I was greeted by a neighbor in the hallway. She remembered meeting other newcomers who had experienced difficult first days here without the necessary cookware to prepare a proper meal. So, she offered to lend me some of her own pots and pans. Clearly, she was mistaking me for some kind of “kitchen goddess,” who could hardly wait to ... READ MORE