It’s Never Too Late to Travel Light

It’s Never Too Late to Travel Light

Downsizing? Clothes you haven’t worn in years? Photos piled up in shoeboxes? Thinking about taking up that hobby again…someday?

Well, if the thought of downsizing has crossed your mind, perhaps it’s time to dig in. The FREE eBook, Traveling Light by Sue Ellen Addicott is a simple, yet profoundly cathartic exercise in getting rid of those things that simply don’t serve us any more.

Get the FREE eBook, Traveling Light by CLICKING HERE. Or go to

It’s Time To Talk About The Elephant In The Room

It’s Time To Talk About The Elephant In The Room

Advance care planning is an uncomfortable topic — one that most people avoid. That’s why Begin the Conversation was created. Begin the Conversation encourages you to talk about that “elephant in the room” and let your family and physicians know about your wishes long before those decisions are faced. It provides you with the tools to help you figure out what is important to you and how to live your best life possible.

Tidewell Hospice, your community partner for Begin the Conversation, invites you to attend a special information program about advance care planning. During the presentation we will discuss living wills and healthcare power of attorney and provide you with tips about starting the conversation.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: First Presbyterian Church
2050 Oak Street
Sarasota, FL

Please RSVP by November 14th to 941-955-8119


Senior Moves: 10 Tips from the National Stroke Association

Senior Moves: 10 Tips from the National Stroke Association

Senior Moves provides senior move management services in the Sarasota, Florida area. Often, we are hired when a member of the family has had a health crisis and there is an unexpected and rather urgent need to move. Senior Moves encourages planning ahead of time and it is a topic we discuss with people on a regular basis. Planning also reduces stress for everyone involved in a family member’s health and well being.

Studies show that up to 80% of strokes can be prevented by working closely with your healthcare provider and managing your risk factors. These 10 tips from the National Stroke Association can add more years to your life and more life to your years.

  1. Stay active. Increased physical activity will assist with weight loss, reduce your cholesterol levels, and keep your arteries clear of blockages.
  2. If you smoke, stop. Smoking doubles your risk for stroke by weakening blood vessels and increasing your blood pressure.
  3. Eat a healthy. Cutting back on saturated fats and increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, will help you lose weight, clear your blood vessels and put less strain on your circulatory system.
  4. Have your cholesterol level checked regularly. Becoming more aware of your cholesterol will help you understand your risk for stroke and the effect diet has on your levels.
  5. Limit alcohol use. Alcohol can raise your blood pressure and harden your arteries.
  6. Control your diabetes. Increased blood sugar can lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  7. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight will strain your circulatory system, increase your blood pressure, and put you at a higher risk for diabetes.
  8. Monitor your blood pressure. Be aware of your blood pressure and have it treated if it is too high. High blood pressure greatly increases your chances of having a stroke.
  9. Know your family history. If there is a history of stroke in your family, your chances of having one is higher.
  10. Talk to your health care provider. Your health care provider can help you map out an effective way to apply these prevention techniques to your daily life.
Closet Clutter Got You Down?

Closet Clutter Got You Down?

Most of us have 3 sets of clothing: those that fit, our “skinny “clothes, and our “fat” clothes. Then there’s the orphans: things we bought just because they were on sale, but don’t go with anything else in our closet, things that looked better on the hanger than on us, things that are out of style, things that need alteration, and our old favorites that are just too worn to wear now…

Start by discarding or donating anything you haven’t worn in over a year. If you’re not sure, try moving those items to another closet and see if you miss them. If you don’t, get rid of them.

If you haven’t lost enough weight to fit into your “skinny” clothes in over 6 months, it’s probably time to get rid of them. While you’re at it, get rid of your “fat” clothes or have them altered to fit. Hanging on to “fat” clothes will only make it easier to gain weight.

While you’re in there, set aside everything that needs dry cleaning, pressing, repairs or alterations. Look at each item and decide if you want to invest the time and/or money to deal with it. If the answer is no, get rid of it. If the answer is yes, do it right now. Don’t put it back in the closet until you take care of it.

Getting rid of clutter can be a truly cathartic experience and, once you get started, you will find it easier to move onto the next closet, shelf or drawer. If you need help, Senior Moves is there to assist you.

Combat Isolation and Depression

Combat Isolation and Depression

Twenty-eight percent of Americans over the age of 65 live alone so it is very important for seniors and caregivers to be aware of potential social isolation and depression.

Social integration, the opposite of social isolation, has been found to be generally beneficial to health across adulthood into old age” (Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, Research Review, March 2007). So, while it may seem that your grandmother is just playing Bingo, she is making valuable social connections that will help keep her mentally and physically healthy. Here are some tips on how to combat social isolation;

•   Volunteer your time. There are opportunities to volunteer everywhere. Contact schools, hospitals, libraries, soup kitchens, churches and local charities for available opportunities.
•   Find a hobby. Whether playing cards, scrapbooking, knitting, playing Bingo or fishing, make it a point to meet with friends regularly to enjoy a hobby together.
•   Schedule a regular weekly time to meet with friends. A morning cup of coffee, lunch, tea or sitting at the park, make an excuse to have a regular meeting with friends each week.
•   Schedule family time. Call your family regularly to touch base, laugh and share stories.
•   Attend church. Even if you haven’t before, now is a great time to get involved. Church will get you out of the house and may open more doors for volunteering, hobbies and friends.