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Small is Big for Affordable Third Chapter Living

By Reese Fayde / November 14, 2023 /

In recent blogs, I’ve discussed the problem of housing shortages and the impact on Baby Boomers looking to rightsize. In light of the current housing market, this week’s blog returns to familiar territory but with a twist. Some of my early columns looked at ADUs and other tiny house solutions, which are largely individual responses…

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Self Storage Units: A Help And A Hindrance

By Reese Fayde / March 20, 2023 /

Last November, I discussed decluttering as a pathway to downsizing and living your best Third Chapter life. In order to successfully downsize, many Baby Boomers turn to storage unit rentals, especially when they have a small window during which they are expected to move or finish decluttering their homes. Such units can cost anywhere from…

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Help With The To-Do-List

By Reese Fayde / December 21, 2022 /

It seems as though each year the list of tasks required to just manage your life gets longer. The pandemic pause had the silver lining of slower pace, fewer errands, and less responsibilities. Enough things are back to something resembling “normal” that to-do-lists are long and there once again are too many tedious tasks demanding…

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Confronting Living Alone

By Reese Fayde / December 12, 2022 /

“As Gen X and Boomers Age, They Confront Living Alone — More older Americans are living by themselves than ever before. That shift presents issues on housing, health care and personal finance.” This was a front page story in the Dec. 1 New York Times. What a discovery!  But in the paper that pledges All…

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Wanted: Trustworthy Sharemate!

By Reese Fayde / December 3, 2022 /

So you’ve done your homework, and you think you’re ready to rent out that spare room in your home. But how? Where are the reliable, trustworthy folks looking for a homeshare arrangement? Last week, I provided a fresh overview of homesharing, including methods for determining if it’s right for you. This week, I’ll delve into…

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Forging Our Own Path

By Reese Fayde / November 29, 2022 /

I’ve spent a lot of time in this blog talking about various aspects of shared housing, including an overview, social interaction benefits, boundaries, new and old types of shared housing and viable sharing housing alternatives. I’ve devoted serious attention to shared housing (and more on such related topics as co-housing and accessory dwelling units) because as…

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Generation Skipping: What’s Old is New!

By Reese Fayde / October 3, 2022 /

I’ve spent a lot of column inches in recent weeks discussing the many options available to Baby Boomers to enable aging in place. But there’s another solution that’s close to many seniors’ hearts — sharing your home with a grandchild. Think “grand-mates,” or adult grandchildren moving in with grandparents. It’s an arrangement worth checking out.…

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Accessory Dwelling Units: The Granny Flat Update

By Reese Fayde / August 25, 2022 /

This week’s blog begins a series on a particularly varied form of aging-in-place — accessory dwelling units (ADUs). While the term may sound like something the Conehead family from Saturday Night Live’s early days invented, ADUs are remarkably flexible living spaces that can be perfect for both creating additional income and staying in a beloved…

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Intergenerational Living: New Name for Old Way

By Reese Fayde / August 21, 2022 /

During the height of the pandemic, multiple generations in families often were forced to live together, to lean on each other and look to one another for safety, community, social activities, and assistance. Returning to a formerly familiar way of life that past generations knew well,  extended families in the pandemic lived together, shared responsibilities,…

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Co-Housing vs. Senior Co-Housing: I’m Confused, Are You?

By Reese Fayde / July 29, 2022 /

I thought that any kind of shared housing was all about sharing costs, but it’s also about finding community. Two SeniorLiving.org writers, Jeff Hoyt and Scott Witt, give us some insights on who should be looking at one particular kind of shared living, called co-housing: One of the primary concerns for the elderly is a…

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