5 Takeaways for Homeowners from Our Interview on Torchlight's Eldercare Illuminated

Posted by Amy Ford on Dec 9, 2020 10:00:00 AM

For many of us in 2020, our homes have never seemed more like protective fortresses. Even in our protection, however, far too many of us are still feeling the financial impact of this unprecedented time. If you’re one of the 1 in 3 Americans who’ve found difficulty covering usual household needs this year, this should come as no surprise.

Thankfully, your home can protect you from more than just the elements – in fact, it’s an incredible asset. Homesharing is a great way to earn passive income while also benefitting from social connection with a compatible housemate.

When I spoke to the Torchlight team on their Eldercare Illuminated podcast, I kept the impacts of the pandemic in mind. Beyond the finances, there’s a lot to gain from homesharing for those of us nearing retirement or caring for a loved one. Let’s take a look at five discussion points from the interview that felt most pressing for today. We were only able to cover a portion of the podcast topics in this blog, but please click here if you’d like to listen to this special episode of Eldercare Illuminated in its entirety.

 

Silver Linings: A COVID-19 Resource Library

Posted by Silvernest Team on Apr 7, 2020 1:52:28 PM

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 9: Start Homesharing for the Cash. Stay for the Company.

Posted by Silvernest Team on Aug 20, 2019 3:19:03 PM

According to a January 2019 survey conducted by GOBankingRates.com, roughly 50% of Americans 55+ have saved less than $100,000 for retirement. Nearly 33% have saved less than $10,000. These are alarming statistics, to be sure. 

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 8: Who Are You Calling “Old?” How Today’s 50+ Women Are Redefining Their Experience

Posted by Silvernest Team on Aug 20, 2019 3:17:46 PM

“We don’t deny our age. We deny the cultural scripts about what it means to be an older person.” That’s Mary Pipher, clinical psychologist and best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia, Another Country and her newest book, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age.

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 7: In the Workplace, the “Wisdom of Elders” Means More Than Many Realize

Posted by Silvernest Team on Aug 20, 2019 3:16:07 PM

Experienced professionals have much to offer employers and volunteer organizations—and it’s not just “been there, done that.” It’s about deeper insight, more profound intuition, emotional intelligence and more. 

 

Chip Conley is the founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV) and later, Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy. In his latest act, he’s an author and founder of Modern Elder Academy, the world's first midlife wisdom school. In the latest episode of Share Your Story, Silvernest CEO Wendi Burkhardt and co-host Patricia Raskin spoke with Chip about how the work world is starting to more fully appreciate the value of having elders on staff. 

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 6: Why Connection and Community Matter More as Life Goes On

Posted by Silvernest Team on Aug 20, 2019 3:14:53 PM

Many Americans face loneliness and isolation every day. Adult children may live across the country. Friends and neighbors have moved or passed on. It’s hard for fiercely independent people to reach out for support and senior services—especially if they don’t even know those support networks and services exist. 

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 5: What Generation Gap? How Intergenerational Connections Help Everybody

Posted by Silvernest Team on Aug 20, 2019 3:12:57 PM

Maybe you identify as a Baby Boomer. You might have kids in Gen X. That young person at the coffee shop is Gen Y. Don’t you sometimes think all of these generational labels just serve to keep people apart? 

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 4: Tips for Decluttering and Downsizing with Matt Paxton

Posted by Silvernest Team on Jul 17, 2019 10:49:48 AM

Homesharing is increasingly popular among aging adults looking for some help around the house as well as extra income. Many seniors find that this new way of living also includes a wonderful new friendship. But first you may be wondering how to prepare your house for homesharing—where to start, how to really make space for another person, etc. 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 3: Maintaining Friendships as We Age with Joy Loverde

Posted by Emily Reynolds on May 23, 2019 9:15:33 AM

For a multitude of reasons, our friend circles tend to shrink throughout our adult lives, particularly in the later years. At the same time, we know social and community connections are critical contributors to our health and happiness. Senior industry expert and author Joy Loverde joins us for a conversation about why—and how—to make and keep new friends as we age.

 

Share Your Story Podcast Episode 2: Housing Solutions with Barry Habib

Posted by Emily Reynolds on Apr 30, 2019 12:21:34 PM

We are in the age of the Silver Wave, with 4 million Americans turning 65 every year and living longer than ever. These seniors (and those approaching senior status) are grappling with unprecedented housing questions: Should I stay in my house or sell it? Should I downsize? How can I age in place? Can I afford to stay in my home? Can I afford not to?