Realities of Ageing in Place

Ageing and its challenges are often discussed in clinical ways and sometimes in ways that feel a bit abstract.

“Gray Area” is a podcast that you can listen to for free online, and is produced by students at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism that focuses on growing old in New York. 

Podcasts by “Gray Area” places you squarely in the day-to-day realities of different folks dealing with the challenges of ageing. 

An episode called “The Little Old Lady Stays Put” focuses on Jackie Herships, a 70-something South Orange, N.J., woman who is finding ways around the Ageing-in-place obstacles that every senior eventually faces.  

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Renting out rooms in her house solves some of the isolation and loneliness issues. It also brings in some extra cash, in addition someone is around to shovel snow and help her in an emergency. 

She’s one of the lucky seniors who is lucid, mobile, and lives in a relatively age-friendly spot. She’s been able to stay active and connected and involved with her community.  

Yet she’s keenly aware of the hurdles ahead. 

Like so many seniors, she regularly debates whether to stay in her house or go. She explores her living options, including local independent living facilities, a move to Florida, or an intergenerational community in New York. 

There are four free podcasts to explore and listen to which are very interesting here:

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Walkability Drives Seniors’ Housing Decisions

Though a desire for walkable neighbourhoods is most associated with the millennial generation, walkability and good public transit also are high on boomers’ and seniors’ wish-lists. 

Though things like quality of care services, affordability, and a facility’s cleanliness topped people’s must-have lists, walkability and access to transit were also tremendously important to survey respondents. 

Among consumers considering their housing options, walkability was described as mandatory or very important to those seeking senior apartments (53%), independent living (38%), and assisted living (26%). Public transit options were also crucial to these groups.

As you look at your retirement housing options, especially if you’re a boomer with no physical limitations today, consider the longer term—a time when you may have difficulty getting around and you may no longer have access to a car.

Roam around a prospective neighbourhood to assess your options for getting around. 

Some questions to consider: 

  • What places are within a 10-minute walk of your prospective home? Could you reach all the necessities of daily life–the grocery store, parks, hair salons, banks, and so forth—on foot or by public transit? 
  • Are sidewalks and paths accessible, safe, and well-lighted? 
  • Could you maneuver those sidewalks with a walker or a wheelchair? 
  • Are crosswalks well marked and do you have enough time to get across the street? 
  • Are there places to sit and rest? Are there water fountains and public restrooms? 

Here is the local scores for Langley and major cities in BC:

Walkability Score for Langley BC:

List of BC Cities Walkability/Transit Scores:

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4 Reasons to Work with an Exclusive Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

If you are over the age of 50 and considering buying or selling a home, there are many reasons to choose a senior real estate specialist like Rosemary Papp

You’ve probably heard the saying, “all real estate is local”. It’s a truism that refers to the unique qualities of neighbourhoods and properties—and the importance of working with a real estate professional who intimately understands a local market.

The same claim can be made for real estate clients. Everyone who buys or sells property has unique needs. This is especially true for later-in-life real estate transactions, which may include distinct challenges (floor plans that accommodate aging in place, estate planning considerations, special financing requirements, etc.).

If you’re a buyer or seller over the age of 50—or are assisting someone who is—there are several reasons to choose a senior real estate specialist who has a special focus and the experience to help you:

  1. THEY MADE THE CHOICE An agent who has earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) designation, and only works with seniors, made this choice because they enjoy working with mature adults and helping people “of a certain age” navigate life’s transitions. Many of them have either made similar transitions themselves, or have helped parents and relatives. There’s a reason they chose this focus for their business, and it’s all about helping people.

  2. THEY’LL OFFER OPTIONS Newly retired? Empty nester? Widow/widower? Any of these transitions can precipitate a huge change in lifestyle, with many adjustments and decisions—only one of which is where to live. A senior specialist will listen to your concerns and share potential solutions and resources to help make your decisions. By focusing only on seniors, they already understand which properties come closest to meeting your needs—and where to find many other valuable resources.

  3. THEY ARE EMPATHETIC An exclusive senior specialist understands that major life changes are never easy, but they don’t shy away from the difficult topics or the difficult emotions that often accompany these decisions. They know your priorities change when your life changes. They’ll help you find solutions to make a smoother transition.

  4. THEY ARE ENGAGED These agents don’t just talk about senior issues, they get involved, whether it’s volunteering or developing relationships with senior-centric agencies and individuals. They’re able to help people who are 50+ throughout their community—not just their clients. (And they’ll remain a resource long after your business relationship is over.) Helping people is their passion!


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