Love Your Neighbour?

You may think you’re alone in your quiet, or maybe not so quiet, battles with a neighbour. As it turns out, you are not alone. All too often few who share walls or property lines, emerge unscathed from a negative neighbourly experience. 

There are many that say that they are happy with their neighbours and, they too, make efforts to be a good conscientious neighbour themselves. However if you do you find yourself in a situation with a difficult neighbour, it can be very stressful to know how to deal with it.

Or perhaps, as it can happen without us knowing, it is ourselves that are doing something to drive our neighbours nuts. Maybe we sometimes are not so neighbourly and we don’t even realize it.

Did you know . . .

It turns out that baby boomers (born 1945-64) were found to be more outspoken as neighbours when compared to GenXers (born in 1965-79), or Millennials (born 1980-95).

Twenty-three percent of millennials and 28 percent of GenXers reported getting into either a verbal or physical altercation with a neighbour. Baby boomers? Thirty-three percent have had such a confrontations. 

A survey between each of the 3 generations were respondents to rate some common neighbourly irritants. Baby boomers rated each one as more annoying than younger generations did. Among the three groups, for example, baby boomers were the most bothered by neighbours who didn’t properly care for their property. 

Here are everyone’s top 8 neighbourly annoyances: 

  • Frequently intrude on the privacy of others
  • Be loud or noisy
  • Refuse to pick up after their pet
  • Park in a space that isn’t theirs
  • Leave children unsupervised
  • Call the police on another neighbour
  • Leave notes on a neighbour’s door instead of speaking face to face

Here are two major points to consider for the best chances of having happy neighbours:

1. Be the neighbour you want to have.

Be mindful and respectful of your neighbours space, property, and privacy, and of the noise your activities create & when.

2. Be kind. Be friendly. A smile goes a long way. Get to know your neighbours names & let them know yours.

Here is more information procured by with plenty of additional neighbourly information including a survey and helpful insights.

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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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