This was a seminar to help seniors determine whether they should stay in their home or sell. If you have any questions about downsizing or aging in place, feel free to reach out to me.
California home sales retreat in June, but 2019 housing market outlook revised upward, C.A.R. reports
- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 389,690 in June on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 4.2 percent from May and down 5.1 percent from June 2018.
- June’s statewide median home price was $611,420, virtually unchanged from May and up 1.4 percent from June 2018.
- Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 5.9 percent in June.
- C.A.R.’s 2019 California housing market forecast was revised upward to 385,460 single-family home sales and a median price of $593,000.
Seniors are at risk for heat stroke during hot weather
Seniors need to be more careful of overheating and heat stroke because their bodies can’t adjust to high temperatures as well as younger bodies can.
And older adults are more likely to be dehydrated, which increases their risk.
In fact, 36% of heat-related deaths in the U.S. were among people over age 65, according to a CDC report.
To keep seniors safe and comfortable, we’ve rounded up 10 practical, senior-friendly ways to help them stay cool indoors.
Seniors with limited mobility can still enjoy a variety of activities
Many older adults lose mobility due to conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or injuries from falls. When that happens, activities and hobbies they used to enjoy might now be too difficult.
But loss of mobility doesn’t mean the end of good times. There are many ways to have fun without needing to move around too much.
We rounded up 9 wonderful activities for seniors with limited mobility.
You’re sure to find things that suit your older adult’s interests as well as activities that can be enjoyed with a group.
Lower interest rates perk up May home sales as median price reaches another high
- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 406,960 in May on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 2.6 percent from April and down 0.6 percent from May 2018.
- May’s statewide median home price was $611,190, up 1.4 percent from April and up 1.7 percent from May 2018.
- Sales of condominiums/townhomes were down 1.3 percent from a year ago in May, while the median price remained at $470,000.
- Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 6 percent in May.
Home modifications help seniors live safely and independently
Home repairs and modifications help seniors live in their homes for as long as possible.
Making your older adult’s home safer and more accessible reduces fall risk, prevents accidents, and increases independence.
In addition, home updates can reduce energy usage, which lowers utility bills.
The good news is that there are many financial assistance programs available to help people get needed home modifications.
We found 7 organizations that offer home repair assistance for seniors. Contact them directly to get necessary updates that will improve your older adult’s safety and quality of life.
Make 4th of July activities fun for seniors
When older adults are included in group celebrations like 4th of July festivities, they feel more connected with family and friends and more engaged in life.
But some traditional activities might not be well-suited for seniors.
Fortunately, there are many creative ways to adapt Independence Day activities to meet your older adult’s needs.
We’ve rounded up more than a dozen ideas for adapting traditional 4th of July activities for seniors so they can join the fun while staying comfortable and calm.
6 activities for seniors who enjoy going out
Many seniors still enjoy traditional celebrations like going to a relative or friend’s house for a lively barbecue. Others love to see live fireworks in the evening.
6 ways to make festive outings senior-friendly
Limit direct sun exposure by seating them in a cool and shady spot.
Bring a light jacket or blanket to keep them warm at night.
Bring their favorite beverages and frequently encourage them to drink so they’ll stay hydrated.
Take regular bathroom breaks to increase comfort and reduce or eliminate the chance of an accident.
California home sales stumble into spring home buying season as median price sets another record
- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 396,760 in April on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 0.1 percent from March and down 4.8 percent from April 2018.
- April’s statewide median home price was $602,920, up 6.5 percent from March and up 3.2 percent from April 2018.
- Sales of condominiums/townhomes were down 3.8 percent from a year ago in April, while the median price was $470,000.
- Year-to-date sales were down 7.3 percent in April.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with quality time together
Spending quality time with the important woman (or women) in your life is a wonderful and thoughtful way to celebrate Mother’s Day.
To help you plan something special, we rounded up 15 fun Mother’s Day activities for seniors.
Elder Law Attorneys help Seniors and Caregivers.
Elder law is a specialized legal area that’s focused on seniors and their families.
Elder Law Attorneys often concentrate on issues like figuring out how to pay for long-term care, Medicaid spend down, drafting Powers of Attorney, or estate planning.
Having important legal documents in place allows you to provide the best care for your older adult, both now and toward the end of life.
That’s why it’s so important to find an expert lawyer you can trust.
We explain how to find an elder law attorney and share 5 tips for choosing one that’s reputable and experienced.
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