Season of Storms

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Season of Storms

Season of Storms The year 2020 has felt like nothing but storms and unusual phenomenon – CoVid, economic uncertainty, civil unrest, Blue Moon, Red Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Murder Hornets and Sahara sandstorms in the Midwest… and a few weeks ago Quincy, IL (where Golden Bridges is based) had a downpour of rain that flooded streets and basements.But lest we forget, we have been through storms before. Facebook reminds me that five years ago our city lost hundreds of trees in a 70mph straight line windstorm…. And we recovered. We got help from volunteers around the country who came with their chainsaws and chippers to help us clean up. We had an active tree planting campaign to Replace the Canopy and today they are growing strong.Three months into pandemic lockdown, partial business openings, drive-by birthday parties and wedding postponements, we are learning to live with the 2020 new normal. During this time of uncertainty and division,you can be a voice for calm in your household. Halfway through the year, it’s time to establish those routines that will enable you to weather any storms that come along in the second half of the year. Back to School will be coming soon, but do any of us know what that will mean? Cloth facemasks? Face shields? No papers to turn in – assignments on an electronic tablet? Zoom classroom? More home schooling? You can plan now to create a set up for your needs, whether that’s a sanitation station for after school or a dedicated space for distance learning.For those working from home will that be over by fall, or will it go past the holiday season? Have you set up the perfect office space, or did you just put your laptop on a bunch of books on top of the coffee table so that it was high enough to capture your face for Zoom meetings? Are you jealous of all those people with the perfect living room, collection of books, children and pets acting like angels in the background?Golden Bridges provides solutions for those in transition. We are all facing “stormy weather” in the form of these 2020 transitions. Need help getting your dining room back after going back to work? Or do you need to hang onto that green screen studio a little longer – but want it gone in time for Thanksgiving dinner? Now is the perfect time to tackle those spaces.It’s your move. Golden Bridges can help! Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Put your house on a diet

Posted by on Jun 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Put your house on a diet

Put your house on a diet How many of us have tried dieting during COVID-19? Maybe you have made some intentional changes to your eating habits, using only fresh ingredients and natural foods. Or perhaps, you have added an exercise routine.Now it’s time to put your house on a diet. During the past few months at home you may have sampled some trendy or crash diets in your house. Is it possible that you went all Marie Kondo on your sock drawer? Or, have you minimalized your kitchen utensils? Did you do the 50-hangers closet purge?If you are like me – on Facebook more than once a day – you’ve seen pictures of your friends’ piles of clothes or decorative items they are either selling or donating to a local charity. But is there a better way? According to the ‘Nesting Place’, there are five things people with tidy homes don’t do:Tidy people don’t act like a slob all day, and then get their house tidy in one fell swoop. Tidy people don’t run out of cleaning supplies. Tidy people don’t let the sun go down on their filth. Tidy people don’t store things on the floor. Tidy people don’t over decorate. CLICK HERE to read more. So, if you accept the comparison that a “tidy” house is like a “fit” body, these tips are similar to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. But what if it’s too late for that? Finding motivation to get your house tidy is a very personal journey, but here is an article with ten “tricks” that I thought just might work for me: Play music – I enjoy classical music, so using a streaming service on TV or Alexa or Spotify I would ask it to play either by composer or genre. For you, it might be rock and roll or even heavy metal to get you going! Set a timer – it doesn’t have to be a long time – twenty minutes can get you through picking up one room! Put just one thing back in its rightful place.  Reward yourself – wine perhaps? Do one small task a day. Have a friend come over to help. (and bring wine?) Acknowledge your weakness. Try a new cleaning product. Use a trigger. The article will help with some suggestions on this. CLICK HERE Invite visitors. This one definitely motivates me. Plan a party, or even coffee with a friend, and you will automatically get into a cleaning mood to show your house at its best!And… if you get stuck, or need some EXTRA help, you can call us at Golden Bridges! Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Spring Cleaning

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning

“Spring Cleaning started as a way to clean away Winter’s mess. In those days, homes were heated by fires, and doors were kept shut tight to keep the warm air in. This, of course, led to soot and grime accumulating during the cold months.” This statement was published by The Cleaning Authority in March, 2017. CLICK HERE to read more.So, why do we still do it today? I don’t know about you, but my home has a clean and efficient heating system. The filters are replaced on a timely basis, and the only soot and grime accumulated is in my fireplace chimney (yes, it is cleaned regularly too). So, do I really need to spend time “spring cleaning”?Well, some would say that “cleaning can also give a sense of satisfaction that will put you in a good mood.” That someone would be Martha Stewart, and you can find the checklist that puts her in a good mood at this site.But, if your spring cleaning doesn’t allow enough time for wiping down all the walls and ceilings, re-sealing the grout in all your tiled areas, polishing metal door and window hardware… whew, I’m exhausted!… you might want to just take a few tips from the Merry Maids checklist:          ● Flip the mattress          ● Changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors          ● Wash bathmat, shower liner and shower curtain          ● Check expiration date on fire extinguisherThe key to success here is to set an amount of time to work on it — say 20 minutes — and work through the checklist over a period of time. CLICK HERE for an additional checklist.Spring Cleaning in the age of COVIDBut, this spring brings us a new challenge and a new level for cleaning and sanitation. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. “This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks,” according to their website. If surfaces are dirty, the site says, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. CLICK HERE to read more. AdventHealth is one of the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care providers and health systems in the nation, serving more than five million patients. Their website publishes a list that includes all of the above but adds a reminder to also disinfect kids’ toys. CLICK HERE to read the full article. And for those who don’t have the same dexterity they did when they first started housekeeping – i.e. my generation of Baby Boomers, consider the tips in this article which include using dusters with extended handles, a dustpan that stands by itself, and a vacuum cleaner with a retractable cord. Or – the best piece of advice – enlist your grandkids (who are home and looking for things to do) to help with the heavy lifting.However you choose to accomplish your spring cleaning this year, don’t skip the most importantstep… Sit back, relax, and enjoy a rewarding beverage when it’s all over!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Food Insecurity Among Seniors “Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options.” These are the opening sentences of the April 2020 article from the Aging in Place website. (Note that these statistics published in 2019 actually reflect the numbers from 2017.)https://www.aginginplace.org/the-facts-behind-senior-hunger/The article goes on to say that senior hunger issues lead to $130B in resulting healthcare expenses to treat conditions that might be prevented with proper nutrition and food abundance.During this COVID-19 pandemic we are learning new skills to cope with everyday challenges. Food purveyors are looking for new and better ways to meet their customers’ needs. For some, online shopping and pick up seem like just the latest gadget. It’s been embraced mostly by young working mothers who want to save the time they would have spent shopping. For seniors who may have transportation or mobility issues, these services are a helpful way to assure that their cupboards do not go bare. If your parents are in need of the service discuss it with them. If they could be served by Meals on Wheels, help them make the call and complete the application process.Unfortunately, food Insecurity is not just a senior issue, especially now. Today I saw that a food bank in San Antonio had a line of 10,000 cars waiting for donations. They expect more tomorrow. In fact, cars were already in line at 9pm. No doubt there were seniors in that line. Previous statistics have been shattered by our current pandemic and unemployment problem.In April, Golden Bridges typically starts our food drive in conjunction with the National Association of Senior Move Managers. We team up with the non-profit MOVE FOR HUNGER organization who collect and distribute non- perishable food items for donation to local food pantries across the United States and Canada. https://moveforhunger.org/For us that means making plans to march in the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce annual Dogwood Parade. Due to the standing orders to #stayhome the parade has been postponed to October. There may not be dogwoods in bloom, but you can be assured we will be pushing those grocery carts and collecting your contributions for Quincy’s pantries. Or, if you are moved to make a more timely donation, contact Horizons, GPS Ministries, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels and the United Way to learn how you can make a difference today.Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Collecting Dust

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Collecting Dust

Collecting Dust We Americans love our collections. Ask most anyone you know and they will admit to collecting something, either now or at some point in the past. According to Google, these are the ten most popular:Comic Books. …Coins and Currency. …Classic Cars. …Trading Cards. …Dolls and Toys. …Stamps. …Wine. …Fine Art and Jewelry. Fine art and jewelry are lumped together because they are both highly personal collectibles.And if you find those dull and ordinary, here are some of the most exotic collections:Toenail clippingsBelly button fluffABC gumballDaleks (yes, I had to look it up too)Airline barf bags‘Do Not Disturb’ hotel signsThere’s even one man who collects autographs. Not so unusual you say? It is if you ask celebrities to write your name! Paul Schmelzer has done it over 70 times.You really must read the article to learn how they justify these collections! CLICK HERE to read. Some people choose to invest by collecting items that will increase in value. Of those, the best is fine art followed by rare coins, jewelry and gems, and thoroughbred horses. But face it – most of us are not in that league.We once did a downsizing presentation for a small audience in Macomb. When we asked them what would be the hardest to let go we got one of the most common answers: dishes. Assuming the attendee meant fine china, I asked why it was so special. Before she could speak, the friend sitting next to her said that it was because she had been collecting them for so long. She added that her friend was especially proud of the fact that she had twelve matching salad bowls… (drumroll please)… 16oz Cool Whip containers.For those of you who thought your collection of Thomas Kinkade, Roseville Pottery, or Coca-Cola memorabilia would take care of you in retirement, here is a link that will surely disappoint.So what do you have in multiple quantities collecting dust? If you are ready to downsize – and ready to get rid of it, who ya gonna call? Golden Bridges!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Seniors and Pets

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seniors and Pets

Seniors and Pets Up front, I am not a pet owner. Sure, I had pets when I was a kid. My kids had pets growing up. But when I no longer had my children living with me I was relieved to leave pet ownership behind. So, when it came time to write this month’s blog, I was not really excited.I started my research with the premise that pets aren’t for every senior. I googled the topic why not to have a pet in your senior years. Of course, what I found was that most articles suggest it is a good idea.However, there were some caveats. AgingInPlace.org had this to say.“For those seniors who want a dog, there are many reasons to be wary of jumping into pet adoption too quickly. The lack of mobility and inability to drive to and from the vet, groomer, or pet store worries them. The initial costs are usually high. They also worry that if and when there comes a point when they can no longer care for the dog, that the dog might be taken to a shelter and eventually euthanized. Many seniors feel like their worsening health condition is a burden, and a pet might possibly add to that.”But, they also listed six good reasons for seniors to care for pets. Some of the obvious:CompanionshipExerciseCalmnessPurposeSecuritySocializationWhile most of these truly are no brainers, they are good reasons for a senior to become a pet owner even if for the first time. CLICK HERE for more information. That is not to say that all of the research was positive. This article at mercola.com lists some of the potential hazards of pet ownership, especially for seniors in poor health caring for aging pets.“Caring for an aging animal can take an emotional toll; in one survey of pet owners, there was greater burden, stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as poorer quality of life, in owners of pets with chronic or terminal disease.”Now, let’s look at the practical issues of pet ownership. If or when a senior needs to move to a location with a higher level of care, it is not always possible to take their pet. But, according to nextavenue.org, 75% of for-profit senior living facilities do allow pet owners to bring their pet with them. CLICK HERE to read more on finding pet friendly retirement communities. Here are some things to keep in mind if you choose to take your pet along for the move.Is there enough room?What types of pets are allowed?Are veterinary services available?Is there a pet deposit, or monthly fees associated with pet ownership?In the long run, to have or have not is always up to you. Weigh the benefits as well as the costs, and make the right decision for you and your lifestyle. And if you decide that it is right for you, after55.com recommends the following… small dog breeds for seniors include:Shih TzuPugCavalier King Charles SpanielBoston TerrierMiniature SchnauzerPoodleMalteseBologneseYorkshire TerrierPekingeseAs always, your local humane society or animal shelter is happy to help!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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