5 Tips for House Hunters Looking for an Accessible Home

by Patrick Young from ableusa.info

Looking for an accessible home when you are living with a disability or health issue can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure of how to get started. When I began my search five years ago, I was ill-prepared and only really knew that I needed something to fit my budget; the rest was a learning experience.

Fortunately, finding an accessible home that meets all your needs doesn’t have to be stressful. If you sit down and map out a plan before you get started, you’ll have won half the battle already! Whether you need a living space that gives you plenty of room to maneuver equipment or just one that makes life a little easier, it’s important to write down your must-haves and do some research to get familiar with price ranges in your area.

For some helpful tips on how to get started with your house-hunt, keep reading.

Think About Your Needs

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Boomers to Hit the Road in 2018

According to the 2018 AARP Travel Trends survey, this year will be a big year of travel for boomers. Many say they want to travel to relax and rejuvenate…and not bring work along on the trip.

Older Americans are almost twice as likely to feel free, both financially and otherwise, to travel in the coming year as they were a year ago. Nearly half say they have an urge to “get away from it all”.The average amount budgeted for travel in this population for next year is $6,400.00. About half plan to travel within the United States, with Florida and California listed as the top destinations. The other half want to go abroad, with Caribbean and European trips identified most often.

The majority of Boomers stay in hotels or motels once they’ve landed.The survey shows 62% choose this option over renting private homes because they prefer the amenities such as the concierge and room service. A cruise ship cabin is the second-most popular accommodation as cruises make up over one third of international travel. Cruise ships are also know to be wonderfully accessible and easy for those with mobility disabilities.

Will you be traveling in 2018? We would love to hear about your trips!


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Things We’ll Do Differently When We’re Old

By observing his parents’ behavior, a writer made a personal to-do list for aging

If we’re lucky, our parents’ actions can serve as inspiration for who we hope to become as we age. But for most people, there are at least one or two things — usually more — parents do that serve as cautionary tales.
Adult children of aging parents often find themselves hyperanalyzing the behaviors and choices of their mothers and fathers and using this information as motivation to do things a bit differently. That’s exactly the case for journalist Steven Petrow, who wrote about a list of things he will and won’t do as he ages in a recent New York Times article, “Things I’ll Do Differently When I’m Old.”

Soon after Petrow’s 50th birthday, he began keeping this list as he watched his parents become unwilling to acclimate to the realities of aging.

Petrow described his list as a “highly judgmental and super secret accounting of all the things [he] thought [his] parents were doing wrong.” He wrote that the entries directly reflected the frustration that came with seeing the price his parents paid for their stubbornness.

The Self-Awareness to Hand Over the Keys
One of Petrow’s aging to-dos is knowing when it’s time to give up driving. This is an issue that affects every older person who drives. As of 2012, there were about 30 million licensed drivers 65 and older, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a previous Next Avenue story, we recognized the difficulties people have in knowing how and when to have tough conversations about driving.

“Many family members or caregivers wonder what they should do if they think a loved one’s driving skills have diminished,” the story said. “And that’s the dilemma. Family members don’t know how to assess their loved one’s driving abilities. They dread approaching an older loved one to discuss whether he or she needs to modify his or her driving habits or even stop driving.”

After his mother ignored his qualms about her slew of fender benders, Petrow felt trapped and reported her to the D.M.V., which — after a driving test — revoked her license. To avoid this future shame, Petrow wrote on his list:

“If my driving capability is questioned, I will not reject the comment out of hand because I am afraid of losing my independence. I hope there will be self-driving cars by then. If nothing else works, I hope someone will turn me in.”

Accepting Dependence and Asking for Help
An underlying theme on Petrow’s list is having the bravery and humility to accept your aging self as you are and the will to adapt accordingly — a sentiment he wished his parents could embrace.

This includes using a walker when necessary (“I’ll use a walker rather than fall and break bones”), accepting incontinence (“I will choose the humiliation of wearing adult diapers over the humiliation of wetting my bed and having someone else clean the sheets”) and keeping up appearances if only to feel good — even if it requires asking for help (“If I can’t take care of my personal grooming any more, I will find help.”)

He addressed emotional goals as well:

“If I’m hurt or angry by what’s happening to me or my body, I will do my best not to take it out on those who are closest to me.”

“I will be kind.”

“I will apologize.”

A Nod to Self-Care
Lately at Next Avenue, we’ve been writing a lot about self-care: We have a self-care action plan and know the factors that tend to sabotage self-care practices.

Consider an exercise like Petrow’s list a practice in self-care. Not only is it a method of reflecting on your wants and needs, it’s also a step towards holding yourself accountable and working toward a better future for your aging self.

We can’t change other people — and it’s not our job to try — but we can observe what’s happening around us, and from that, pledge to make different, more informed choices.

source: nextavenue.org

Written by Grace Birnstengel December 15, 2017 read more

Rock the Wheel Makes Stylish Clothing for Wheel Chair Users

Rock the Wheel is a new startup that’s making custom-made clothing for wheel chair users, that’s both accessible and fashion-forward.

People without mobility issues are typically aware of the special accommodations wheel chair users require for work and school, but very few consider that those with mobile limitations require custom clothing that’s been designed to specifically meet their accommodation needs. Rock the Wheel aims to offer clothing that’s both custom-made and fashionable, providing the three million wheel chair users in the United States with a more stylish alternative.

The line boasts six wardrobe essentials that were designed to be mixed and matched for both work and leisure. The stylish garments include zippered jean jackets, work pants with hidden pockets and comfortable buttoned dress shirts.

Sources & Photo Credits: designboomrockthewheel

Article originally appeared in trendhunter.com by Ellen Smith November 15, 2017 read more

Best Ways to Help Fire Victims in Northern California

Fire crews are making headway in California, but they still have work to do. Since the onset of the fires, there’s been an outpouring of donations via money, volunteers and items. Organizations from all over continue to receive a “generous” amount of donations, according to Pam Nold, executive assistant at United Way of the Wine Country. Due to the large number of donated items, numerous organizations stress that financial assistance is the best way to help out at the moment.

Below is a list of major organiztions to which you can donate to help those impacted by the wildfires in Northern California:

Napa Valley Community Foundation
American Red Cross (The organization is also accepting monetary donations via phone by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999)
The Salvation Army

Evacuation centers across Sonoma County are accepting cash donations

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