- Keep Their Memory Alive
The journey from your parents’ first signs of decline to the day their house is finally emptied may be long and difficult, filled with more stress and sorrow than you deserve. Now that the casseroles are finished, the cards are read, and the relatives have returned home, what can you do to keep their memory alive? Here are several ways you and your family can honor your parents and enjoy them forever:
- How a Simple Word Can Take Us Back…
Just as music can take us back to different times in our lives, so can words.
Last week, I walked into my favorite nail salon to get a mani/pedi, and sitting there waiting was an elderly woman and her middle-aged daughter. I’m guessing that the woman was mid-80s and the daughter late 50s or early 60s. As I was “soaking,” I overheard the mom say to the daughter, “When we leave here, I want to go to Macy’s and get a housecoat.”
- A Lifetime of Perfectly Good Red Rubber Bands
Early on in my career, I worked with a client, Mrs. Jones, who was responsible for teaching me a very valuable lesson when working with the senior population. This single experience gave me a clear understanding of the importance of helping older clients with not only the physical aspects of a later-life move, but also the psychological preparation for this transition, and what makes the downsizing process the hardest part of any move.
- The Value of Ethical Wills
A great deal has recently been written about ethical wills. You may first want to know what they are.
Ethical wills are also called “love letters” or “legacy letters,” which may give you a hint. These letters are nonlegal documents that pass along family stories, life lessons, and anything else someone wishes to be remembered for. These come from the heart, not from the trust fund or bank account.