Where’s Home Sweet Home? Probably Where You Are

Americans stayed put in record low numbers from 2005 until 2010, according to a new Census Bureau study. Only 35.4 percent of people moved during the period, the lowest rate ever recorded by the Census Current Population Survey, and 4.1 percent lower than during the previous five-year period. Older Americans, who generally relocate less often than younger adults, followed the trend. Less than 14 percent of people 65 and older moved – compared with more than 18 percent from 2000 …

Mom and Dad Moving In: Plan B

In my last post I shared what happened to me when I let my ‘caring for the caregiver‘ habits slide … back pain stopped me cold.  It happened at a critical time during my parents’ move from their senior living apartment back into the house with me. As I mentioned then, it forced me to go with Plan B, which usually involves: changing dates, asking for help, and spending more money. It turned out that adjusting my parents’ move date …

When the Caregiver Doesn’t Take Care of Herself

It’s a subtle thing. It happens bit by bit…it creeps up and then one time too many of lifting the wheelchair into the trunk and-BAM! -it smacks me flat, usually at the most inopportune time.That’s what happened to me last week when my back screamed, “Stop!”  I have a history of back problems, but my back hasn’t flared up this badly in about 10 years. The timing couldn’t be worse.  We are packing up my parents’ senior living apartment and …

The Goyers: Opting for Multigenerational Living

I’ve had a strange obsession with watching The Waltons the past few months. I find myself DVRing every episode on three different channels. I watch 4 episodes a day. For some reason, I’ve been oddly attracted to their TV-land multigenerational family living and the connection to my childhood (when The Waltons was in its prime.) Now I know why. In the beginning of September my parents and I will be moving in together, forming our own version of 21st century …