Embracing Empowerment: Taking Control of Your Aging Journey

In a society that often glorifies youth and associates aging with decline and shame, it’s essential to challenge this narrative and recognize that by acknowledging our aging journey and being thoughtful about how we want to age is powerful. We often think of youth as a goal, which is ludicrous.  I am older now than when I woke up this morning and that is just a fact! Let’s start to address the elephant in the room and take control of our aging journey. To take control back and stay independent longer and more successfully we need to shift our thinking around READ MORE

What is a “Senior Move Manager”

If you have read the blog on “It’s Never to Early to Intentionally Declutter” then let me introduce you to a category of the aging industry called Senior Move Managers. No better person to explain what this amazing service can provide then a Senior Move Manager herself. Thank you to Jennie Alwood from “Here 2 Home” for her personal perspective on the role of a Senior Move Manager and why she finds value in the work that she does. What is a Senior Move Manager? Senior Move Manager’s (SMM) assist older people with the many many tasks needed to implement READ MORE

It’s Never too Early to Start Intentionally Decluttering

For many of us aging also means an accumulation of STUFF. Whether our long- term goal is to stay in our home or downsize it is never too early to start intentionally decluttering. My dad used to be visibly appalled when my siblings and I would say we didn’t want my grandmother’s pride and joy her cherry dining room set. We joked for many years about it until one day he starts using the pieces to make shelves and other things around his house. I loved walking into my parents’ home and seeing the cherry wood being used in a READ MORE

5 Questions to Ask to Have the Most Control of Your Aging Journey.

As a society we value youthfulness way more than the experience that comes with aging. Unfortunately, this mindset discourages us from having conversations regarding aging, which is direct cause of Ageism. Talking about aging is very important for everyone involved not just the aging loved one. Here are 5 questions you need to ask yourself that will help you have the most control of your aging journey. Who is my support system? Of course, children often fall into this role but there are situations when an adult child is not able to fill this role. You may need to look READ MORE

What help is out there to navigate the search for Senior Living

In the last 30 years senior living as an industry has exploded. Before 1981 the only option for care was the local “rest home”. Let’s be honest the memories of walking the halls to visit a family member in one of those “homes” is not a pleasant one. The culture of care for our elderly loved ones took on big changes in the 1980’s which resulted in an influx of companies joining the Assisted Living industry in the 1990’s. The industry continues to evolve with each generation and with that comes resources to help families find the best living options READ MORE

Choosing a Senior Living Community in 5 Steps

For some moving into a senior living community is the best option for a variety of reasons.  Those reasons can be found in a previous post, click the link to learn more  https://openlyaging.com/the-top-5-options-for-care-as-we-age/   But choosing a Senior Living community can feel very overwhelming so below are 5 steps to help you choose the best Senior Living option for you or your loved one.  Do your research.  Know your price point, general size of the community and preferred location.  Senior Living is very costly and it is shocking to most people when they first start looking.  Of course, the more money you READ MORE

The Top 5 Options For Care As We Age

Aging is something no one likes to talk about and most people are unsure what options are out there if they should start needing more help in their daily life. Below are the 5 most common care options with a breakdown of what you need to know from an insider about each.  Staying home– this is everyone’s ideal situation or so they think.  This option works well for families that have the means to support this or if their aging loved one doesn’t require a lot of social engagement for their mental health.   In order to stay home successfully READ MORE

5 Signs My Aging Parent Needs More Help

As our parents age it starts to present some unique challenges that we never think we are going to deal with until we are in the middle of it.  Of course, we are going to do all we can for our parents as they did it for us but there comes a time when we have to ask…”is this the best solution for everyone”? Here are 5 signs that it may be time to start exploring additional resources to help care for your aging parent. You are receiving more than 2 phone calls a day.  The phone calls could be READ MORE