According to Pew Research Center, 12% of U.S. parents are also caring for an adult. Dubbed The Sandwich Generation, these Americans are dealing with the parental pressures of raising children while helping an aging parent or other loved one. Now compound that pressure with living and working in SF Bay Area.
One of my passions as a Realtor is to help individuals and their families create the lifestyle they crave. That help goes beyond finding the perfect home. It means finding the right resources — using my extensive professional network — to solve all kinds of problems. Caring for an aging loved one is a part of life. And I wanted to share some of my experience and resources to help those prepare for and handle life’s transitions.
Maturing Real Estate Needs
As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I’m specially trained to help maturing Americans. They have unique needs when selling, buying, relocating or refinancing real estate. When it comes to life-changing decisions, seniors need an educated Realtor that knows how to provide the best options and present the information in a professional and compassionate way. Seniors often need:
- A no-pressure approach
- A variety of housing alternatives
- Community resources to maintain quality of life
When working with seniors, there are multiple choices such as:
- Aging in place with additional support from family members or professional providers
- Downsizing to smaller home/condo that reduces expenses and upkeep
- Moving to a senior community
As you research your options, let me help. I have the resources and contacts that can make your journey an easier one.
End Of Life
Most of us get very uncomfortable when contemplating mortality. Six out of ten U.S. adults don’t have a will. If you own real estate, having an estate plan is doubly important. Facing our fears and having the hard conversations is step one. Here are several resources to help you:
In Being Mortal, practicing surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, reveals eye-opening research and stories from his own patients and family. He examines the medical profession, its limitations and failures, as life draws to a close. Gawande’s book can provide perspective on what happens to the human body as we age, the need for dependence, how to provide assistance, as well as having the hard conversations and the courage to let go.
Peggy Flynn, Executive Director of The Good Death Institute, wrote a book entitled The Caregiving Zone. Flynn is a writer, caregiver, spiritual director and geriatric care consultant with forty years of caregiving and “evening of life” experience. She encourages us to think about illness and death as incontrovertible realities that can be anticipated and made less burdensome. “Death is hard, but it doesn’t have to be hideous.” Her book helps individuals and families take charge of the inevitable. You can hear Peggy interviewed on 20 Minutes with Bronwyn.
Lastly, the Bay Area has several organizations dedicated to helping people through end of life experience. The Family Caregiver Alliance is an amazing resource for research, education, and support groups. Pathways offers grief counseling, hospice care, and strategies to cope with chronic illness.
When You Need a Real Estate Guide
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, you need an experienced guide in this complex and fast-paced real estate market. I’ve helped hundreds of individuals just like you successfully negotiate the most important financial transaction you’ll ever make. Contact me today to get started.