Holidays and the Long-Distance Caregiver: Tips for Packing Your Parachute

Posted by Lori Bitter on Apr 30, 2019 12:59:07 PM

This is my third go-round with being the long-distance sibling and I’ve learned quite a bit. Frankly, I made every mistake you could possibly make. And I know most of the experts!  So here are my personal tips on how to navigate the waters when you visit. Some of these may seem silly, but with family members – particularly your siblings – little things can turn into big issues really quickly.

Homesharing Harmony: Designing a Shared Home

Posted by Sarah Oswald on Apr 30, 2019 12:56:07 PM

Beginnings of a homesharing experience are important. They hold the potential to form a solid foundation for a great relationship. It’s important to treat your new housemate relationship with tenderness and care, while also setting the tone for the future you’d like to create. In other words, start off on the right foot in order to lay the tracks for a successful and sustainable living situation!

Homesharing Harmony: Move-In Day

Posted by Sarah Oswald on Apr 30, 2019 12:55:30 PM

Great relationships are built on solid foundations. This is especially true when it comes to homesharing. Do you want a great housemate? Start by being a great housemate!

 

There is no better time to make your intentions known than on move-in day. If you are welcoming someone into your home, take a moment to consider the combination of uncertainty and excitement that person is likely feeling. Creating a space that invites warmth and connection will go a long way toward ensuring a smooth transition. Here are some tips for making the most of move-in day.

 

Four Benefits of Companionship: More Than Just Friends

Posted by Lisa Smith on Jan 2, 2019 12:36:32 PM

We hear in the news and during conversations with friends about companionship and how important it is in our older years. Sure, it's great to have conversations with your new housemate or friend over morning breakfast, but what else does companionship do?    

 

Keys for Connected Living

Posted by Sue Ronnenkamp on Dec 18, 2018 11:56:56 AM

 

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The following is an excerpt from a series called "Rethinking Aging" from speaker, writer, and aging specialist, Sue Ronnenkamp. Sue recently facilitated our Community Kickoff Event in Westminster and Arvada, CO, and used this as a handout for the attendees.

Homesharing for Veterans: Companionship Is Half the Battle

Posted by Lisa Smith on Nov 8, 2018 4:35:41 PM

When military members serve their country, they have a brigade, a battalion, a shipmate, a battle buddy and many other forms of community and connection. But after they hang up their beret or Kevlar, they have a different battle to fight: loneliness.  

Envisioning Your Ideal Housemate: Must-Haves vs. Can't-Live-Withs

Posted by Annamarie Pluhar on Jul 30, 2018 2:07:25 PM

Friend of Silvernest Annamarie Pluhar has been homesharing for twenty years and now helps housemates with expert tips and advice through her website, www.sharinghousing.com. Below are her tips for determining what you want in a housemate and identifying the characteristics that will make or break the relationship. 

 

Finding Freedom in Lifelong Friendships

Posted by Sarah Oswald on Jun 29, 2018 12:47:35 PM

Have you ever caught up with a friend after years of being apart, but everything falls into place and it’s as though no time had passed between you? Nothing feels better than the love and understanding of an old friend. The nature of our friendships is really interesting because we often prioritize them after our romantic partners, parents and children. We tend to them when we have the time. We have times of year—holidays and celebrations—that bring family together in an organized way. But the time we spend with our friends is completely voluntary.

 

Five Ways to Bond with Your Over-50 Roommate

Posted by Silvernest Team on Jun 1, 2018 3:31:42 PM

The term “roommate” has a significantly different meaning in your 50s than it did in your 20s. But no matter how your tastes or needs may change, sharing your space with someone may still bring a lot of benefits to your life. From helping with a mortgage or supplementary income, to providing companionship during changing times, having a roommate past 50 is becoming a growing trend, and for good reason.

 

Hope for Family Caregivers Who Give So Much

Posted by Carol Marak on Apr 9, 2018 1:52:56 PM

The Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act offers some help for family caregivers.