This winter brought huge disappointment for Buffalo’s winter folk– sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and snowman-making were a rarity in the region. In anticipation for a much better winter next year, here is a link to the nation’s top ten ski homes. The homes are stunning and rustic, perfectly warm for freezing winter days. They feature all of the traditional amenities of ski lodges, with a few twists– virtual golf rooms, huge home theaters, locker rooms, and indoor pools. Of course, nothing can beat the view– most of these homes are situated atop mountains with sweeping views of the valleys below. If you have a few millions laying around, perhaps you can treat yourself to a winter paradise.
Over the past decade, rural communities across the nation have been losing population. Experts accredit this loss to the recession and a dwindling number of manufacturing jobs in these communities. With fewer factory jobs in rural America, fewer people are moving to places outside of cities– despite the fact that almost 75% of our country’s land mass is considered rural. Another factor to this decline is what is called natural decrease, a phenomenon where the death rate is higher than the birth rate: the Wall Street Journal reports that 36% of rural counties could attribute population stagnation to natural decrease. For some counties in the midwest, however, natural gas and oil discoveries have helped keep the rural communities intact.
Recently, we’ve published a few articles in the Buffalo News that have to do with “aging in place:” the idea that seniors are staying in their homes and trying to stay active. It was just announced Tuesday that Buffalo will host the National Veterans Golden Age games, the only Olympic-like games for seniors. The goal of the games is to keep seniors active, engaged, and social– and to respect war veterans. The event is expected to bring in some 2,500 visitors to Western New York, including 800 senior athletes. Those visitors are expected to generate some $2 million dollars in revenue for the region.
Buffalo plans to utilize the up-and-coming waterfront for the games, and also is looking to show off its own contributions to veterans rights. The Buffalo community boasts the formation of the first veterans court in the country, which helped veterans with troubles such as dependency on drugs and alcohol, homelessness, and law.
The announcement helps remind seniors to stay active in their passions and community. For anyone interested in more information, it can be found here.
Imagine if building a house was as easy (or difficult?) as putting together a puzzle. That’s exactly what Pennsylvanian entrepreneur Charlie Kamps is doing by offering buyers “eco-friendly kit homes” which come pre-cut and ready for assembly. These homes allow buyers the opportunity to cut costs associated with building a home in the traditional way: what’s better, these homes will be delivered by FedEx. Kamps’ company, the American Sustainability Initiantive (AmeriSus) hopes that the poor economy will help drive up business for kit homes. AmeriSus helps build the pre-cut home, and offers buyers the opportunity to save up to 70% on energy costs– the company already has over fifty homes under contract. Still, AmeriSus is young, and it’s still hard to say whether this idea will stick.
By the year 2030, the population of Americans over 65 will increase by eighty percent, and these seniors will account for twenty percent of the nation’s population. With the number of seniors rising, a number of new start-up companies are sprouting up across the country to address their needs.
Among these companies, a few specialize in moving seniors from their adult homes into specialized senior communities or into the homes of family—known as Senior Move Managers. As their children are spread out across the country, these companies help independent seniors a great deal by developing a strategic plan for the move. These plans aren’t just about packing up and moving furniture. Instead, these Move Managers help to also organize the lifetime’s worth of possessions and set up their sale or donation; help develop a floor plan for the senior’s future home; arranging moving companies and move-in days; and helping to sell the senior’s home.
Senior Move Managers are essential because they provide seniors with an organized and tactful way of moving to another life adventure. Moving from one’s adult home can be very emotional, and downsizing one’s possessions can seem impossible. Having Move Managers (provided by NASMM or NAPO) allows seniors to move on and out more effectively while also providing them with services before and after the move.
Senior Move Managers help move seniors all over the country, including Alice, a widow from Upstate New York. After her husband’s death, it was hard for Alice to maintain their large, four bedroom home. The home also was impractical for her—with her children scattered across the states and the house holding memories, it became a very lonely place for her. She decided to join her sister in Florida, but the move itself turned into a problem. Without her children close by, how could she move? Enter the Senior Move Managers, who helped her not only sell her home, but organize her many beloved possessions. Throughout her life, Alice collected teapots but found that taking her collection to Florida was impractical. She kept her three favorite pots and parted with the others, though not completely. Instead, her Move Managers came in with an innovative solution for her. They took pictures of her 71 remaining teapots, placed them into a beautiful color poster, and framed it: now Alice’s new Florida home has a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork inspired by her old collection. Indeed, the Move Managers made sure that Alice didn’t have to leave everything behind.
Move managers are professional and organized for seniors who are moving into the next stages of their lives. These managers provide seniors with resources before, during, and after a move, helping to create a sense of comfort at an overwhelming time. They also care for the seniors and want to make them feel at home, something displayed by Alice’s story. For seniors overwhelmed by a move out of their homes, Move Managers provide a great sense of relief.