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Loving Your Indianapolis Senior Like You Love Your Puppy

Last week I wrote about my new puppy Bogart and the many ways in which he and the Indianapolis senior adults that I work with have shown me the importance of a simple enjoyment of life.
After contemplating that article, I realized that Bogart is also quite similar in an entirely different set of ways to many of the aging adults whose lives I help reorganize through downsizing and moving to new homes.
Although Bogart and seniors are on different ends of the age spectrum, he demands an extraordinary amount of attention, perhaps the same level of attention that grown - or boomer - children often find themselves devoting to an aging family member. While that need for attention can at times be overwhelming, he - like a loved one - is a cherished member of the family and it is vital that we show seniors the same sort of respect and adoration that we may heap on a pet.
Both have a need for love, but not the sort of love that can be smothering. While a restless puppy will happily spend some time in your lap cuddling, at some point he begins to demand his independence and a chance to play on his own or even sneak outdoors for a rendezvous with the squirrels.
We need to allow seniors that same sort of independence. The well-adjusted seniors I've worked with as a senior move manager in Indiana appreciate attention and love, but they also need the opportunity to assert their independence and, as long as physically and mentally feasible, journey outside their homes and continue their lives while enjoying their pursuits and pleasures.
Far too often, I've seen worried family members try to shut down mom and dad's independence. Although in advanced stages of physical and mental decline that may be necessary, such control is often not warranted.
What an aging loved one typically needs more than anything is reassurance from family members and friends that although the senior may require more help than he or she has needed in the past, there still is a vibrant and happy life waiting for them around the corner.    
That's a point that I always try and share as I work as a senior move organizer to reorganize, downsize or move an Indianapolis senior into a new home: life continues and each stage is simply a new chapter. 
I'm thrilled that everyday I enjoy the honor of working to help senior citizens in this capacity.
Thank you, Bogart, for yet another reminder. 

What I've Learned About Life from a Puppy & Indianapolis Seniors

When I brought my new puppy into my home this past week I was filled with the same sort of energy and happiness that she exudes. Puppies have a way of doing that with the energy and joyful enthusiasm they happily share with all.
It struck me that the puppy shared some of the same traits as many of the adult seniors I've worked with as a senior move manager in Indianapolis with Yellow Tag Household Sales. Although the physical energy of some seniors may be on the wane, I've had the pleasure of coming across many seniors who are still filled with a sharp, joyful enthusiasm for life.
As I've helped them plan their move to a new home and organized their belongings, sometimes downsizing and prioritizing the items they wished to take with them into a smaller space, those adult seniors have shared with me so much about their lives and the happiness with which they've lived it. I've heard about the children, grandchildren, careers, hobbies, vacations and the simple pleasures that have made their lives worthwhile. 
It seems as though the happiest seniors I've helped move are those best able to enjoy those simple pleasures. Just as though my puppy loves nothing more than chasing a ball and snuggling on my lap, I've learned that life is also about the simple joy of playing ball with the kids or reading a good book to the grandchildren. And oh yes, morning coffee on the porch and a nice evening dip in the hot tub helps too!
You might think that some of the seniors I've helped move into a new home in the Indiana area would be distraught and perhaps a little angry over the fact that a chapter was closing in their lives. But one of the coolest things I've seen as a senior move organizer is the positive attitude that so many have exhibited, often to the point of being excited about the opportunity to try something new and explore a fresh segment of their lives.
And that attitude reminds me of my puppy: always sniffing about, exploring, and ready to try something new that just might be fun! Perhaps that's an attitude we all should approach more often, be we puppies, young adults or seniors.

Questions Adult Children and Their Parents Should Be Discussing

Pre-planning is the key to the mature citizens life planning stages. Adult children, what events and life planning care should you be discussing with your parents?

1. If the parent is wanting to downsize from the family home, where would they move to? Closer to one of the silblings? How do the parent(s) decide which location? What's best for them?

2. How do the siblings decide who's going to be in charge of Mom or Dad's medical and finanices?

3. Our parents already have a will? Does the will tell us everything we need to know? What's missing? What other issues does our family need to consider for care for our parents?

4. If Mom or Dad need caregivers or live in assisted living, how will they pay for it? Who will manage their funds? Who will decide where they go and what care do they need?

5. If our parents don't have the funds to have caregivers in the home what are the other choices? How will the adult children pay for it? What is fair ?

6. How will my siblings resolve disagreements with Mom and Dad's care, finances, where to live, what they need, liquidating their household items, downsizing, moving, and so much more?  Where can siblings go for help or resources?

The answers to the above questions are different for every family. If you haven't had a conversation with your parents start sooner rather than later.

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.