The Simple Solution to Managing High Blood Pressure

We all know high blood pressure is dangerous and can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. However, complications like the flu and the 2020 pandemic can complicate hypertension and pose an even greater threat to your health. In fact, there is a very simple way to diminish your risk and reduce hypertension.

The Simple Solution to High Blood Pressure

You may already be practicing some of the good habits that are necessary to fight the potentially deadly condition of high blood pressure. These practices include:

  • Eating a vitamin-rich diet
  • Exercising 30-40 minutes a day
  • Eating lean proteins

However, now research demonstrates that there is a simpler way to reduce your risk of hypertension that doesn’t require extra time on the treadmill or a strict diet. In fact, it is as simple as sitting or standing. 

Simply stretching for 30 minutes a day has proven to be more beneficial than walking for lowering your blood pressure. The study tracked the blood pressure of two groups of individuals over 40 with high blood pressure. One group walked briskly for 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week. The other group did a regiment of 21 stretching exercises for the same amount of time. At the end of the 8-week study, stretching proved to have a greater reduction in blood pressure measurements than the brisk walkers. 

The main message here being that stretching is not only good for a warm-up but also for improving cardiovascular health. This is because when you stretch your muscles you also stretch the blood vessels in your stretched limbs. The stretching of these vessels reduces stiffness over time, which is one of the contributing factors to high blood pressure. Stretching increases blood flow and therefore reduces pressure.

Should you choose to add stretching to your cardio routine, you could easily add 10-15 minutes per day where you stretch large muscles. These large muscles include quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles. Hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds, 2-3 times with 15 seconds of a rest period in between.

You are better off using stretches to enhance your routine than replacing your cardiovascular exercise completely. This is because using both will yield greater overall muscle health.

Looking for some other new secrets to living a healthy lifestyle? With this FREE A-Z guide on Living and Aging the Way You Want you can learn the ABCs of aging successfully. Download your PDF and start living the lifestyle you want.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

Benefits of Paying a Continuing Care Retirement Community Entrance Fee

If you are unfamiliar with Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), the entrance fee may come as a bit of a shock. Some people think this is a steep price to pay without fully understanding what you are getting from it. Well, that’s why we’re here. We want you to understand what the entrance fee gets you so you can make an informed decision about paying an entrance fee vs. renting.

What the Entrance Fee Does

Not for profit

Concord Reserve is a not-for-profit Senior Living Community.  The residents do not own the property and therefore do not need to maintain it, pay taxes or carry insurance on the property.  The entrance fee program is designed to assure lifetime residency in our community.  By financially prequalifying all of our residents and requiring the payment of an entrance fee, we are able to assure them that they can live here for the rest of their lives through all levels of care.  The entrance fees are partially refundable.  The remaining entrance fee is refundable to the resident or their estate after they leave the community.  Monthly fees are paid throughout residency and typically increase in the range of 2-3% per year. 

A Full Continuum of Care

The entrance fee ensures your access to the complete continuum of care. As opposed to many communities that offer monthly rental charges, at a CCRC you can move through the continuum to ensure you age on your terms regardless of the turns your health may take. By paying the entrance fee what is purchased is a contract for services detailed in the community’s Residency Agreement.  Briefly, it’s access to the continuum of care:

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Memory Support
  • Nursing care
  • Inpatient and/or outpatient therapy

Why Pay an Entrance Fee Instead of Renting

It comes as no surprise that when you consider the costs of a rental community compared to an entrance fee community, which will likely cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, your knee-jerk reaction is to assume the rental community will be the less expensive option. And though this may prove to be the case, in reality, some cases may prove to be less expensive than a rental community.

The main reason the difference in cost may not be as drastic as it might first appear is that you are not just calculating your costs today but rather for a lifetime. For example, let’s say you are currently comparing communities. One a rental, one a CCRC. Right out the gate, the rental community might pull ahead due to the $300,000 entrance fee.

However, in most cases, the entrance fee is 90% refundable upon moving out or expiration. This means you can still leave it to your heirs. Also, let’s say that the rental community is charging a higher monthly fee than the CCRC. Over time, that cost will add up.

Lastly, and most importantly, let’s say you get sick. Most people want to live long lives. An average of 92 years, to be precise. Yet, according to one study, people are 5 times more likely to be afraid of being a burden to their families than dying itself. On average, women need 3.7 years of long-term care and men will need roughly 2.2. This alone can make a CCRC worth it because you can move through the continuum of care even if you should exhaust your resources. The average cost of nursing care can range from $54,000 to $95,000 per year.

With all the senior living options today, researching each of them can be exhausting. To help, we have created your FREE Continuing Care Retirement Community Guide to get you started.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

6 Reasons Retirees Should Consider A Continuing Care Retirement Community

With all the retirement options out there today, retirees are looking for more than just a home to retire in. They want communities with favorable amenities packages. When shopping for your new home, consider what Concord Reserve has to offer as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). With apartment living on the rise, now is the time to find your new home.

Amenities for Retirees

Low or No-Maintenance Homes

Nobody wants to work toward retirement for years only to spend it busy keeping up with the maintenance of a large, empty house. Many American retirees are looking for the perfect retirement community with compact but comfortable homes with low to no maintenance.

High-End Homes

Deciding to downsize and move to an active senior community does not mean anyone wants to sacrifice home quality. Many Americans want their home in retirement to have the same luxury features as their old home. 

Convenient Locations

Every day, more and more retirees want to live an active lifestyle with close friends and busy environments. This means living close to museums, cultural events, and restaurants to live the vibrant life they’ve always dreamed of. Essentially, seniors today are looking for the best of both worlds; an age-restricted community in close proximity to an active city center. 

A Sense of Community

As alluded to above, when seniors move to a new lifestyle community, they want to stay socially active. They want to live in a place where they can feel connected to their neighbors and seek the kind of environment that fosters a true community. This includes spaces for community members to gather, an ability to have a voice in the community, and opportunities to connect with neighbors. These types of amenities allow community members the opportunity to socialize or attend events which fosters a closer sense of community among retirees.

Public Classes

Just because retirees aren’t working anymore doesn’t mean they don’t want to have anything to do. A great way to stay busy — and sharp — is to continue learning and trying new things. Many retirees are looking for a more active lifestyle and want to be challenged mentally. Active adults want community classes so they can continue to be intellectually or artistically challenged and continue to learn new things as they age. 

Walking Paths

In a quest to maintain good health to age well, staying active is one of the best ways to maintain good health. But sometimes, the gym can get a little boring. That’s why it’s so nice to have outdoor walking paths. In fact, they are increasingly considered a “must-have” for retirement communities.

Thinking of living a stress-free lifestyle? Check out what a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) has to offer with our FREE Guide!

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

7 Simple Hacks to Keep Your Space Decluttered and Tidy

Decluttering is a huge aspiration for anyone, but especially seniors who are thinking about downsizing. If you are looking to begin your decluttering journey, check out this article on how to start decluttering. But how do you stay decluttered when things are constantly coming into your home and cluttering things up? When this keeps happening, your clutter situation may become overwhelming again. It is just as important to learn how to stay decluttered as it is to declutter in the first place. 

Tips for Keeping Your Spaces Decluttered

Never Leave a Room Empty-Handed

Try to remember, whenever you leave a room it is an opportunity to do a little tidying up. Whenever you leave a room, take a moment to look around and see if there is anything that could be organized better. Or better yet, look for things that don’t belong like cups or papers.

So, keep in mind the next time you get up to grab a glass of water or go to the bathroom, remember to pick up a few things and put them in their proper places. This will save you a trip in the long run and help you keep your spaces nice and clean.

Have a Designated Place for Your Papers

That’s right, the dreaded collection of papers on counters, coffee tables, and end tables is coming to a stop. Whether it’s letters, bills, or fliers, it helps to have a designated place where all your papers go,  especially the ones that require immediate attention. There is an exception for important documents like birth certificates and the like, which should go in a locked safe or drawer. 

Make sure that at least once a week you go through this pile of papers and address the things that need to be addressed and get rid of the rest. This will help keep your areas clear of paper clutter.

One in One Out

When you’ve decluttered your home, you typically make room for the stuff you have. This means, when you get something new, you haven’t made space for it. If you practice one item in, one item out, it will help you with this space management problem.

Buy a new pair of pants? Time to donate another. This prevents the build-up of too much stuff which eventually leads to clutter.

10 Minute Tidy

That’s right, take 10 minutes every day to tidy up. Set a time each day, whenever is the most convenient, and get in the habit of tidying up at that time every day. A little bit each day can really help you stay on top of your clutter. 

If It Will Only Take a Minute, Do it Now

Don’t put off to tomorrow what can be done right now and if it only takes a moment, why bother waiting? If you are taking a shower, be sure to put your clothes and towel in the laundry. If a dish needs to be rinsed, do it now rather than wait. It will make your life easier in the long run.

Make the Bed

This can be a total life change if you never made it a regular practice before. It influences your mindset for the day as well as starting the morning with tidying up. It’s a win-win. Besides, it’s impossible for your space to look neat with an unmade bed.

Half is Better Than None

Sometimes you are in a serious hurry and don’t have time to tidy up. Think of the times you were running late and left dirty clothes on the floor or didn’t have time to clean breakfast dishes. In these situations, doing a little is better than none at all. 

Next time this happens, instead of just dashing out the door without trying to clean, attempt to clean a little. Getting in the habit of not letting little messes slide is a great way to train yourself to keep the clutter to a minimum. 

Stay Decluttered

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3 Common Fears About Retirement and How to Manage Them

You are far from alone if fears about retirement are stressing you out. A recent study demonstrated that 95% of participants had at least one fear about retirement. The three most common fears are outlined below along with how you can manage them.

To learn how to save money in retirement, read this article.

Fears About Retirement

Outliving Savings

This should come as no surprise as the number one fear about retirement. Today, nearly 25% of Americans will live to 90 and many people are worried they haven’t saved enough for retirement. Building a large nest egg to last for three decades is a tall order. That’s why, among other options, one way to manage this fear is to push back your age of retirement. This gives you more time to save while also diminishing your retirement costs. Another benefit of waiting to retire, if you wait until you are 70, you receive delayed retirement credit from Social Security.

Social Security Will Cease to Exist

There are few federal programs more important than Social Security. Half of retirees in America depend on Social Security for half of their income, while another 25% rely on Social Security for roughly 90% of their retirement budget. The idea of Social Security running out is a fear for many in America. While Social Security is certainly in a little bit of trouble, it’s not going anywhere any time soon. This is because Social Security benefits increase at a greater rate than levels of inflation. Additionally, retirement security draws bipartisan support politically, so much so that the 2019 Security Act was passed.

Health Care Costs

Long-term care can easily cost large sums of money in the hundreds and thousands of dollars. These large amounts are enough to throw a wrench in any well-made savings plan. What’s more, is there is no way to know whether or not you will need it. However, there are a few ways you can protect yourself against the financial costs of long-term health care. 

The first way to protect yourself is to reduce the odds of needing long-term care by taking care of yourself as you age. Staying active and eating right is an advantage in preventative care. 

Another option for you is to purchase long-term care insurance. Though these can be expensive, they still give you a regular monthly cost you can plan for instead of the unknown expenses that come with sudden medical expenses.

Looking for some other new secrets to living a healthy lifestyle? With this FREE A-Z guide on Living and Aging the Way You Want you can learn the ABCs of aging successfully. Download your PDF and start living the lifestyle you want.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

3 Design Tips for Decluttering Your Home

You can easily change the look of your space by how you style it. The design and flow of each room can change how it looks, functions, and feels. With the right design, you can create a more relaxing and welcoming space. Little changes can also help you make the best of a small environment and showcase the best features of your décor. Fortunately, you don’t need to embark on an all-out renovation to enhance your home. When it comes to decluttering your home, there are a few décor advantages.

Design Tips for Decluttering Your Home

Declutter

First thing’s first, you must start decluttering your home. When your tabletops, shelves, and workspaces are covered in “stuff”, it’s time to start decluttering your environment. Clutter can take over and overshadow the design of the room. By decluttering on a regular basis, you can transform your living space to feel larger, cleaner, and brighter. 

Of course, to declutter effectively, you’ll need to make sure you are doing it correctly. Here are our 5 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home.

Add Textures

When you really want to upgrade your interior designs without full-blown remodeling your entire living space, adding more texture is a perfect way to achieve a more dynamic design. Throws, rugs, cushions, pillows, and blankets are all cost-effective ways to add textures to your home. Adding different textures like patterns or faux-fur can make a remarkable difference in the way a room feels. 

Use different fabrics to create the illusion of space, like hanging curtains above the window to the floor adds the illusion of height to a room. Another industry trick is to place an area rug under furniture in such a way that it extends outward which can make a space look and feel bigger.

Let There Be Light

Adding light sources, especially natural light, can transform any environment from gloomy to glorious. You’ll want to start by allowing as much sunlight as possible to enter your small space. Choose sheer fabrics instead of blackout curtains to hang from windows which allow lots of light to enter the room. This is especially important in small living areas, kitchens, and dining rooms, to help brighten your home. 

Additionally, you are unlikely to be bothered by early morning sunlight in these particular areas. Another way to add more light to a space is by using reflective surfaces like glass vases and decorative mirrors. 

Wondering what a CCRC has to offer in your golden years? Learn about aging on your terms with your FREE Continuing Care Retirement Community Guide.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

Protect Your Bones with Tai Chi Benefits

Tai chi is a gentle form of exercise that can help reduce your stress, improve mood, and keep your heart healthy. But most importantly, it can also benefit your bones. This is great news, considering one out of four adults over 65 will experience a fall. Of those who fall, one in five will experience a broken bone. However, people who do tai chi reduce their fall risk by 20-40%, depending on how often they practice. So, if you want to stay upright and protect your bones, tai chi benefits may be your solution. 

Protect Bones with Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi is an ancient martial art that practices sequences of slow, graceful movements that promote both relaxation and fitness. While it can be practiced by people of all ages, it is a great way for older adults to grow their core strength and improve their balance. The reason tai chi is great for staying upright is that it addresses several risk factors, such as:

  • Weak muscles
  • Sensory deficits
  • Slower reaction times
  • Loss of focus
  • Fear of falling

Bone Building Potential

Not only can tai chi keep you upright, but there is a possibility that tai chi can help in making your bones stronger. Some studies show that tai chi benefits may expand to preventing the common bone loss that occurs with age. That’s right, tai chi for osteoporosis might be possible.  

Commonly, menopausal women see a steep reduction in the density of their bones. This is due to the reduction in estrogen that happens in menopause. The resulting loss of bone mass results in a thinning of the bones in a process called osteopenia. If the condition continues, your bones become brittle and prone to easy fractures. This condition is called osteoporosis. 

However, tai chi is a weight-bearing exercise and slows the rate of bone loss. Weight-bearing exercises are the best for your bones. These exercises force you to move against gravity to strengthen bones. Other exercises such as swimming, biking, and hiking, can help build and maintain strong muscles, but do nothing for your bones.

Tai chi promotes bone growth and has shown to improve the early stages of osteopenia, however, the evidence is still limited.

Give It a Try

Interested in tai chi? Ask your onsite exercise professional about classes offered and how you can take advantage of tai chi benefits. Here are some other benefits you could reap from practicing tai chi:

  • Relieves stress
  • Improves leg strength
  • Promotes deep breathing
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improves balance
  • Helps in recovery from strokes and heart attacks

Looking for some other new secrets to living a healthy lifestyle? With this FREE A-Z guide on Living and Aging the Way You Want you can learn the ABCs of aging successfully. Download your PDF and start living the lifestyle you want.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

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The Improved World of Technology and Senior Socialization

It’s not uncommon for seniors to become easily overwhelmed with their attempts to keep up with the changes in technology. Even though having to stay current with the latest and greatest tech may be a pain, technology can really help seniors feel more connected to the rest of the world. There are many ways the tech world can influence senior life. Here is how technology and senior socialization are intertwined.

Technology and Senior Socialization

Senior Isolation

Social isolation in older adults is a serious problem that affects many people in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 25% of adults aged 65 and older feel lonely and are considered to be socially isolated. This puts older adults at a higher risk for certain health complications.

Health Risks of Isolation

There are many health risks of loneliness and social isolation, such as:

  • Social isolation increases the risk of premature death, akin to complications like smoking or obesity.
  • Isolation was associated with a 50% increase in dementia.
  • Poor social relationships are associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% higher risk of stroke.
  • Senior loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Loneliness in seniors can increase the likelihood of death due to heart failure by 400%.

Fortunately, technology is helping seniors counteract these negative effects.

Seniors in Rural Areas

The advances in technology, over even just the last few years, play a transformative role in the fight against social isolation among older adults. This is especially true in rural communities. Rural communities often lack infrastructure for technology and can hinder one from taking advantage of what the digital world has to offer. Additionally, the number of senior Americans living in rural areas is expected to increase from 8.6 million to 14.6 million. And more than half of those will experience social isolation which leads to loneliness.

Roughly, 1 in 5 seniors live in rural areas, making this an obstacle for this particular demographic. Though many older adults in rural areas can’t take advantage of the digital benefits of technology, things like telehealth make it possible for seniors in rural areas to talk to a doctor on the phone for non-emergency visits alleviating the need to travel to a physician’s office. This is why it is so important for seniors to stay involved with technological developments. Here is how you can take action:

  • Stay Informed: Whether asking your grandkids or reading the news, stay up to date on the daily advances of technology.
  • Stay Connected: Find new ways to stay connected to your family and friends (see Staying Connected in the next section).

Staying Connected

With the advent of cellphones, email, and social media it is easier than ever to stay connected. Additionally, platforms like Zoom and Facetime are also seeing a major bump in use from an older demographic. In fact, 69% of older adults use social media apps. In light of the negative effects of loneliness and the benefits of connectivity, consider the following apps to help you stay connected to your loved ones:

Apps

  • Skype: This is one of the most popular apps for video chatting. It’s free and downloadable to a mobile device, laptop, or desktop.
  • FaceTime: This is an iPhone-specific app and can only be used by iPhone users. FaceTime is free and used for video calls. Additionally, you can have group calls and leave messages.
  • Marco Polo: A relatively new addition to the digital world, this app is similar to texting but with video. Users can record a video and send it to a contact. That person can then watch it and respond with their own video. It allows users the benefit of video without the time constraint to be free at the same time. It is free and easy to download.
  • Facebook Messenger: Available through Facebook, this app allows users to chat, send video, or make an audio call. It is free and available in most app stores.
  • WhatsApp: This is another messaging service that enables users to send audio, text, video messages, and share images. 

You’ve learned about technology and senior socialization. Want to learn about staying connected? Check out our article about connecting to the next generation.

Looking for some other new secrets to living a healthy lifestyle? With this FREE A-Z guide on Living and Aging the Way You Want you can learn the ABCs of aging successfully. Download your PDF and start living the lifestyle you want.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

5 of the Best Rules to Downsizing in Retirement

By now, we all know downsizing in retirement can be extremely beneficial. However, do you know the best rules to live by as you begin your downsizing journey? 

Rules to Downsizing in Retirement

Start Now

If you are thinking of downsizing in retirement, start now. It can be a long and emotional process and the sooner you start the better off you will be. You can start small with a single drawer, but start today. You can set a 15-minute timer to go through your stuff bit by bit. Even if you’re not planning to move for some time, it’s still a good idea to start purging your stuff on a regular basis. You can follow the KonMari method and only keep the items that spark joy. 

Stop Acquiring “Stuff”

If you are downsizing, or even thinking about it, now is not the time to acquire more “stuff.” That doesn’t mean you can’t ever get new things, just that you should be cognizant of the items you are bringing into your home. The rule should be, for every one thing you bring into your house, you should get rid of another.

Live Below Your Means

This means you should spend money on what you need, not what you can afford. Keep in mind that downsizing is just as much a financial decision as it is a convenience. Let’s say, for example, you want a new car but your old car runs fine. Not only does it run fine, but it is paid off. If you are looking to downsize, now may not be the best time to add another expense if you don’t need it. Just because you can afford a new car payment doesn’t mean you should jump at the opportunity.

Get As Much Pleasure Out of Saving

We’ve all given in to an impulse buy we didn’t need. But what is going on psychologically when we spend money? It turns out that spending on little impulse buys is caused by something called delayed reward discounting. This is when your brain automatically decides on a small, immediate reward over larger, long-term rewards you have to wait for. Learning to fight against this phenomenon is essential to forming good spending habits.

However, it is possible to gain pleasure from saving. The opposite of delayed reward discounting is the pain of paying. With this phenomenon, we tend to feel pain or guilt when we pay for things in cash. So, one way to save money is to start paying for your groceries in cash. Not only does this keep you on a budget, but also diminishes your desire to spend on impulse buys.

Don’t Over Save for the Next Generation

Many people like to save many of their possessions to pass them on to the next generation, either their children or grandchildren. However, this doesn’t always go according to plan. Often, people save items for their children or grandchildren only to find out that they have little to no interest in keeping the items. This can be especially true of grandchildren. After all, how interested is your ten-year-old granddaughter going to be in your fancy china set? Not to mention that millennials, zennials, the children of many retirement-age individuals, almost certainly don’t want more stuff.

Ready to begin downsizing? Here is the best FREE starter’s guide to beginning your downsizing journey. Click the icon below to download your FREE copy to Unlock the Power to Declutter: The Definitive Guide on How to Start.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.

How to Save Money Through Downsizing

Retirement is all about doing what you enjoy and downsizing is often the first step in that journey. And the longer you wait, the harder it may become. When it comes to downsizing your belongings, where do you start? As it turns out, there are some items that make for common downsizing obstacles. So here is our list of what you can downsize to save money:

Save Money Through Downsizing

Your Home

Downsizing from your home can result in loads of savings every year and can reduce your yearly expenses. The savings come from reduced property tax, insurance, maintenance, and utilities.

Your Debt

On average, Americans carry $6,194 in credit card debt. If you downsize your home, you can put some of your monthly savings toward paying off your debt and pay less interest going forward.

Clothes

With the rise of “fast fashion” online, people today are buying more clothes than ever. The  average person is ditching about 81 pounds of clothing every year as of 2020. Due to this fact, it’s clear that closets all over America have room to shrink and stay that way. Though, donating would be far more beneficial than simply throwing clothes away.

Storage Units

If you are paying money each month for a storage unit, it might be time to go through them and see if you really need those items. After all, you won’t have more room to use them if you downsize anyway. Now is the time to think about condensing those items or even getting rid of them all together. 

Exercise Equipment

Exercise equipment can go unused for long periods of time while taking up a lot of space in your home. Programs, like SilverSneakrs, provide Medicare enrollees free access to over 15,000 fitness facilities nationwide.

Sell Collectables and Kitchenware

If you have a large collection of collectibles, or lots of kitchen gadgets that you haven’t used in the last year you can make a little money by selling them. 

Ready to begin downsizing? Here is the best FREE starter’s guide to beginning your downsizing journey. Click the icon below to download your FREE copy to Unlock the Power to Declutter: The Definitive Guide on How to Start.

Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio, independent living apartments, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090.