The Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Kitchen

The following is post No. 5 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started. 2. Finding the Experts. 3. The Entryway. 4. The Bathroom. Kitchens work differently for different people. That’s why I ask my clients questions like, “Do you do more stove-top cooking or baking?” “How …

Remodeling a Bathroom for Aging in Place

“Is this the house we’ll retire in?” Crystal and Chris K. frequently asked one another about their home in Silver Spring, Md. The question was important because the answer would determine if they’d remodel or sell their house. If they stayed, some home renovations would be needed in order to successfully age in place. If they eventually moved, a home renovation wouldn’t be all that worthwhile. When Chris and Crystal ultimately made the decision to remain in their current home, …

Lessons to Learn from 2013’s Top Scams

As kids, we were taught to share, be polite and trust authority. Based on 2013’s top scams, as chosen by the Better Business Bureau, doing the opposite seems better advice to protect yourself. Don’t share your personal information – online or in response to unsolicited telephone calls or text messages. Don’t worry about being rude to those who request it: hanging up the phone is better than losing money or identity theft. Don’t trust claims in unsolicited emails and telephone calls that it’s really …

‘Possession Paralysis': Why Is It So Hard To Part With … Stuff?

Are the majority of older adults hoarders? Not quite. Yet many do feel burdened by the amount of stuff they own, and it can be a major hindrance when it comes to downsizing.

Putting the Joy Back Into Cooking

I think I was born to cook. Ever since I was young, I’ve enjoyed cooking for friends and family. I even catered my own wedding reception for 80 when I was too young to know better. A large 3-tiered lime coconut wedding cake was the piece de resistance. But over the years the joy of cooking became more like the drudgery of cooking due to aching feet and nagging back aches. Hours of standing on an unforgiving stone floor and …

Help For All Those With Kitchen Envy

I’ll admit it: I have kitchen envy. Each time I’m at a friend’s house I take mental pictures of their kitchen — or sometimes I ask if I can snap a couple — because I love everyone else’s kitchen but mine. (I have friends with excellent taste, it seems.)  I pour through DIY sites and am always pinning photos onto to “My Dream Kitchen” board in Pinterest. While aesthetics are OK to hassle over, safety, to me, is far more …