Category Archives: 55+ Resident Profiles

Denver’s Skyestone Chooses Winners for its “Greater Than Your Age” 55+ National Marketing Campaign

Skyestone Denver has recognized the importance of acknowledging 55+ seniors as a national marketing campaign for a new 55+ retirement community in Broomfield. As a result, they have selected five exceptional active adults, as winners of a national marketing contest, who defy their age and make every day count. These exceptional adults range from passionate outdoor recreational enthusiasts to fashionista bloggers and they show us how they make every day count.

Types of Rentals for Active Seniors

Many 55+ seniors prefer the less demanding task of renting homes because they do not wish to spend all their savings on the purchase of a home. Some 55+ seniors are just not interested in making a long-term investment that goes with buying a home. Whatever your preference, there are four categories of renting that you should be aware of. These are short-term rentals, long-term rentals, weekend getaways and rent-before-you-buy. If you are interested in renting a home, you will be benefited by understanding what these four categories entail.

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee Featuring Realtor – Dave DeVos

The serene, natural beauty of the Cumberland Plateau, 2000+ feet above sea level bordered by 200,000 acres of state owned wilderness, has earned Fairfield Glade a place among the top retirement destinations in America. We’re off the beaten path in the wooded hills just off I-40, but within a short drive to Nashville, Knoxville or Chattanooga and about midway between Florida and the Great Lakes.

RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE – by Ciji Ware

There comes a moment when you pass the half-century mark that is hard to pinpoint or even predict, but you know intuitively when it has occurred. It’s a flash of recognition, an instant when you realize something important has changed and that it is time for a change. Your old life just doesn’t fit anymore.

As a practical matter, however, those poised on the brink of making a significant shift in lifestyle often have a daunting task facing them. People who have made the decision to sell the family home to embrace a new way of life in an active adult community must immediately begin to cull through a lifetime of possessions.

The good news is that with the proper approach and a few simple skills, solutions exist to every problem and a few “rightsizing” concepts can go a long way in guiding your decision-making about what to keep and what to toss.

Begin by asking yourself a few simple questions about each item or groups of items you’re trying to sort through:

  • Do I love it?
  • Do I use it now?
  • Is it beautiful?
  • Is it valuable?
  • Is it useful in and of itself?
  • Is it sentimental?

In my own experience moving out of a roomy house in Beverly Hills that we’d lived in for twenty-two years into 1275 square feet overlooking San Francisco Bay, a particular possession became a “keeper”only if I could answer “yes” to at least two of those questions.

If you’d like to test out this theory, pick a drawer in your house that’s packed with possessions of all sorts—say a catch-all kitchen drawer. Then try the following:

  • Look at your watch and note the time.
  • Dump the contents of the drawer on a flat surface, say the kitchen table.
  • On another close-by surface put sticky notes: KEEP;TRASH;GIVE-AWAY; RECYCLE;DONATE; and DON’T HAVE A CLUE
  • Gather like-with-like in piles: all the screwdrivers; matchboxes; rubber bands; take-out menus, etc. placed in separate piles.
  • Of each item or groups of items, ask the questions listed above.
  • Discard the obviously useless junk in a trash bag.
  • Put only the solid “keepers” back in the drawer in an orderly, logical fashion, grouping like-with-like—i.e. all the matchboxes together.
  • Put what’s left in the appropriate piles with the sticky notes; then into shopping bags which you immediately remove to the car to give away, recycle, or donate,
  • Note the time

For the DON’T HAVE A CLUE PILE, put the contents in another shopping bag until you come up with a solution for the “puzzlers”—decisions that usually seem clear in just a day or two. The entire process of “rightsizing” that drawer probably took no longer than half an hour, but the little thrill of pleasure you’ll get each time you open that drawer is just a hint of the wonderful feeling of liberation you’ll enjoy when you rightsize your life and free yourself from possessions that may have been weighing you down far too long.

I promise you: a new and delicious kind of emancipation is just around the corner!

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