Aging in place feels better when your interior design fits your lifestyle.
Most older adults want to be surrounded in comfort, safety and beauty. Fortunately, that’s exactly what interior design calls for these days.
Even better, you can incorporate new trends into your current décor – so you don’t have to face a full-on renovation, which can be more stressful. Or, if you’re handy and enjoy do-it-yourself projects, you can even update or rejuvenate items you have and transform spaces.
First step: Declutter
“Clutter can affect your brain’s ability to concentrate a…
Letting go is difficult, even when it’s with cherished belongings.
But as older adults age in place – and often need less or must declutter – they face the challenge of deciding what to do with heirlooms, hard-earned belongings and outright excess.
While handing cherished belongings on to family members was once the norm, it’s popularity dims. Why? Younger generations grew up with inexpensive access to anything they could want or need. They aren’t inclined to hang on to what older adults might regard as “good stuff.”
For many years I wondered why there was so much hype about the arrival of spring. I grew up in the tropics, where there is one season but four variations on it—stifling hot, very hot, hot, not so hot. Then I left my home to attend college in North America. I arrived at a time the residents called autumn, and before I was able to adapt to that season, along came the one they called winter. By March of the following year, I, too, was hyped, watching, praying, preparing for this season they called spring. For they promised me that in spring nature would get back all her hues…
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