Ready or not she is headed south y'all!
Believe to or not, I had a really fun day helping family with a project to get a condo ready to sell…
Ready or not she is headed south y'all!
May brought another milestone for my education that included a Certificate of Study in Understanding the Needs of Aging CD Clients. I truly love working with my senior clients and learning more ways to serve them better.
I am very excited to announce an event that will be taking place on the North Side. It is a seminar series on April 9 & 16, 2014, called Transitions. They are Living and Planning Seminars for Active Seniors. Each of the dates will feature three sessions designed to get seniors actively involved in planning their futures. Maybe it would be helpful to listen to see if you are on the right track. Are you ready? Or maybe you have no idea where to start and need some ideas or help finding resources? No matter where you are in the process of planning, these sessions have something to offer everyone.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you there!
I am really excited to announce that I have become a Premium Subscriber to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. This organization provides ongoing education opportunities to professionals working with clients with chronic disorganization. Everyone from organizers to psychologists and social workers can benefit from their resources. They offer may levels of certification that I look forward to working through. I am currently working on my Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization.
Last night, I participated in my first class: How to Access Hoarding at Home Before it Threatens an Elder's Right to Age in Place. It was presented by Kristin P. Bergfeld, a 26 year veteran of the industry. She shared her philosophies of client care and compassion that aligned so equally with my own and reminded me of why I chose this path. The class was very informative as well as a refresher on some levels and I look forward to putting some of her ideas into practice with my own clients.
If you would like to learn more about the organization, see the website below or feel free to email me.
As I sit at my computer pondering topics for an upcoming presentation, I start thinking about gifts. We live in a very consumer driven society and soon we will be seeing Christmas decorations creeping into the stores (Halloween has been there since July!?!) Most of us love receiving gifts. It is exciting, shiny, and new. There is the anticipation of gifts, opening of gifts, enjoying the gifts and on and on... But what makes a gift special? Often when we make use of gifts, let's say candles as an example, we remember the person who gave them to us and hopefully this brings with it happy thoughts and we are getting joy not only from the gift, but also the memory. Well fast forward 20, 30, 40 years and our houses are bursting with gifts, which seem to never end (not to sound ungrateful), and we are in need of? Speaking for myself: Nothing.
As I work with clients who have limited space (and prepare to talk to a group of them on Friday), I think that gifts are one thing that could make a great difference in our clutter accumulation. I think gift exchanges are wonderful. Limit the number of gifts you give and receive and make those more special or useful. Now I have you thinking. Useful? Well, I know that I do not want a toaster from my husband for a holiday (and so does he!) But what about consumables? Maybe fine chocolates, wine, movie tickets, or gift certificates for restaurants or the theater?
Also, if you are downsizing and have special pieces that you want people to have, consider giving those items as gifts while you are able to see them enjoy them. Call me crazy but I think we may be on to something ;-)
SAIL is a great organization for seniors in the Madison area and we are proud to be associated with them as a vendor ("Downsizing Made Easier" p.1) Here is the most recent newsletter...can you believe July is here so soon!
I was recently asked about Medicare documents...
What to keep and for how long?
First let me say that I am not a Medicare professional and I will not tell a client what to keep and what to toss. As with any type of documentation, the client is ultimately the one who will have the say. I can tell you that I called Medicare myself to ask a few questions and here is what they told me over the phone. For the record, I did have to wait on hold for a few minutes to get a person, but he was extremely patient and helpful. If you have any questions, please call them at 1-800-MEDICARE. Have you Medicare number handy to speed up the process!
On a related note, I learned that you should not carry your Medicare card in your wallet. Medicare numbers are also Social Security Numbers and you need to protect it accordingly. Once you are on the program, most of your doctors will have copies of the documents you need and you should not need to show them the card every time. (This tip was from Shawn at the Office of Privacy Protection: http://datcp.wi.gov/Consumer/Office_of_Privacy_Protection/index.aspx )
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