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The Gift of Giving

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 14, 2016 at 10:13 AM
The holiday season represents so many things; a time for giving, for entertaining and spending time with family and friends. For some, the holidays may even be a time to address household clutter. It’s true! Right now, you may be trying to figure out your gift list and also where to stash all the “stuff” that has slowly filled the guest bedroom over the course of the year; or maybe you need to clear piles of paperwork off the dining room tab...

Communicating with Older Parents

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM
Oftentimes family members hesitate to talk with their aging parents about common topics of concern such as changes to health, transportation, home care, legal and financial issues as well as retirement housing.  Geriatric professionals suggest it is much better to have these parent conversations sooner rather than later. It is often too late to make informed decisions or be sensitive to everyone’s point of view once a personal or medical cri...

Looking to Downsize Your Stuff? These 6 Tips Will Help You Sort It Out

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 10, 2016 at 4:03 PM
Sometimes you’re changing jobs, sometimes you’re moving to a smaller place, sometimes you find yourself either adding on a child or having one move out. Whatever the reason, you may realize that you’ve ended up with too much stuff. And the idea of going through it all to decide what should stay and what should go can be daunting. But to make an easier job of it, just take it one step at a time with the tips below:   ·         Clothes -...

Do you need a Healthcare Advocate?

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 10, 2016 at 10:56 AM
If you have a healthcare advocate in your family or group of friends, congratulations! You will receive higher quality care, and better understand what's happening when you fall ill. For those of you who don't have someone to help navigate the healthcare system, there are options!The use of healthcare advocates has been on the rise over the last few years and is recommended for higher quality care by the US Department of Health and Human Ser...

Critical Conversations About Inheritance: Can We Talk?

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 10, 2016 at 9:52 AM
by Marlene Stum, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Family Social ScienceEveryone seems to agree that family members need to talk about potential changes in health, inheritance, and estate planning issues before there is a crisis or someone is not able to communicate. But more often than not, spouses, aging parents/in-laws, siblings, and adult children too often fail to initiate these important conversations. Communicating and adva...

The Five Things We Can Learn From a 70-Year-Old Home Buyer

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 4, 2016 at 8:52 AM
Mature home buyers between the ages of 69-89 (the Silent Generation) make up only 10 percent of the recent home purchases in the United States according to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. What are the motivations of this age group to purchase real estate at this time in their life and what do they desire as home owners? SRES® conducted an interview with a 70-year-old&n...

Fly the W!

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 3, 2016 at 10:47 AM
Fans in downtown condos espressing utter joy at the Cubs Win last night, just seconds after the last out in the 10th inning. Congratulations to the amazing Cubs team, and to the best fans in the entire world!!#FlyTheW #Believe #cubs #LakeshoreEast #Aqua

Help a Senior and the Environment: Mulch a yard!

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 2, 2016 at 11:05 AM
Every year the DuPage Senior Citizen's Council invites the community to assist seniors in cleaning up their yard during Chore Days, during the first three weekends of November. Volunteers can help local seniors who are unable to rake leaves, plant flowers, trim bushes and bundle branches. It's a great opportunity for groups to enjoy the crisp weather and help the overwhelming number of seniors needing help maintaining their yards in the comm...

Six Tips to Keep Seniors Safe on Halloween

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on October 31, 2016 at 8:17 AM
Seniors can feel lots of stress at Halloween.  Being alone in the dark along with the large amounts of strangers coming to the door can be very intimidating.  When you add in scary masks the unknown is greatly magnified.  Follow these tips to ensure a FUN and SAFE evening.Stay inside while passing out candy- don’t invite anyone in!Make sure area is well lit- Use both inside and outside lights.  When you can see what is going o...

Communicating with Older Parents

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on October 26, 2016 at 12:49 PM
Often times family members hesitate to talk with their aging parents about common topics of concern such as changes to health, transportation, home care, legal and financial issues as well as retirement housing.    Geriatric professionals suggest it is much better to have these parent conversations sooner rather than later. It is often too late to make informed decisions or be sensitive to everyone’s point of view once a p...
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