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Free Seminars Educate Seniors and Their Families on Steps for Downsizing

Just the thought of a downsizing move can cause fear, worry and stress for seniors and their families.  To assist with this daunting task, Senior Downsizing Experts Ingrid and John Sullivan have put together a free "Downsizing Made Easy" seminar.  The first two seminars of 2016 are scheduled for:

Thursday, January 14 at 1:00 pm at Chateau on Wildbriar Lake, 1515 Hard Rock Rd. in Irving.
Tuesday, January 19 at 2:00 pm at Greenfield Residences, 1100 E. Arbrook in Arlington.

The hour-and-a-half presentation covers a wide variety of topics including:

  • Factors to consider before making a move
  • Tips on communicating with family and friends
  • Guidance on hiring various professionals related to the moving process
  • Strategies for dealing with possessions
  • An overview of the current real estate market
  • A look at senior living options in the DFW area

The Sullivans urge attendees to consider all of these factors and look at all of the options available.  The seminar will include suggestions for creating a plan that allows for a new chapter of life requiring less maintenance and allowing for more freedom and fun.  "Careful planning and sound advice are crucial to a successful move," says Ingrid.

Featured guest speakers will include specialists in Title and Escrow, Packing and Moving, Home Repair, and Estate Sales.  To reserve your spot for one of the free, thought-provoking, goal-setting seminars, call (817) 635-1043 or visit www.DallasFortWorthSeniorLiving.com/events.

About Senior Downsizing Experts:   Ingrid and John Sullivan of Keller Williams Arlington have more than 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry.  They have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute. The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

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Senior Downsizing Experts has launched a new website devoted to serving the needs of mature adults in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

 

DallasFortWorthSeniorLiving.com will provide information on housing options for those 55 plus as well as tips for health and safety, aging-in-place, recreation and entertainment and other news relevant to Metroplex seniors.  The site will also feature a directory of senior living communities in the area and a list of resources for mature adults and their families.  In addition, there is a section of free downloads which includes newsletters, e-books, and directories.

 

The site is designed to work on desktop computer browsers as well as tablets and smartphones.  "We wanted to make sure that the site was mobile-friendly and accessible no matter what type of device our guests are using.  The mobile site even allows visitors to call us with one touch from their smartphone," says John Sullivan.

 

"We are very excited for the launch of this new site," says Ingrid Sullivan.  "Our intent is to have a 'one stop shop,' if you will, for anything that boomers and seniors might need.  We will also be providing resources for the children of aging parents who so often are tasked with helping their parents with life decisions as they age.  We are proud of all of the hard work we have done to develop this rich senior living resource."

 

About Senior Downsizing Experts:  

The  Sullivan & Sullivan Team of Keller Williams Arlington have made it their mission to help older adults navigate the obstacles they face as they begin thinking about downsizing and selling their home.   The Sullivans have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute.   The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

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Equipping, Empowering, and Educating Families to Better Manage Late-Life Moves

 

Arlington, TX:  As the population ages, thousands of Dallas-Fort Worth families are faced with the challenges of assisting aging parents with relocating into more manageable or supportive housing.

 

To assist DFW caregivers and families to better deal with the complexities involved in late-life moves, Ingrid and John Sullivan of Senior Downsizing Experts are partnering with Greenfield Residences of Arlington to provide the free seminar “Moving Mom and Dad: 5 Common Mistakes Adult Children of Aging Parents Make and How to Avoid Them.” The casual and interactive educational forum will take place on December 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Greenfield Residences located at 1100 E. Arbrook in Arlington.

 

The seminar will include a presentation of the five most common mistakes adult children of aging parents make when moving mom and dad, including solutions and strategies for avoiding such pitfalls. Topics include effective conversation starters, locating local supportive housing options, finding and hiring qualified service providers, and insuring adequate documentation for assisting transitioning aging parents.

 

“As a DFW Realtor specializing in the 55+ real estate market, it is my goal to insure that older adults and their families are adequately equipped and aware of all the senior living options and resources available to them. Adult children often find themselves making hard decisions, while trying to navigate in uncharted territory. Through seminars like this one, I hope to provide helpful insights and useful information about the relocation and real estate processes, so families can focus on what is most important – their mature loved ones,” says Ingrid.  “Late life moves, especially those involving complex medical situations, can be overwhelming, but fortunately there are people who can help. Families don’t have to carry all the burden.”

 

To register for the free seminar, please call (817) 635-1043 or visit www.dallasfortworthseniorliving.com/events.

 

About Senior Downsizing Experts:  Ingrid and John Sullivan have more than 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry.  They have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute.   The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

 

About Greenfield Residences of Arlington:  Greenfield Residences of Arlington is an independent living community offering comfortable senior living in a warm, friendly, and active community. The community offers private apartments in a variety of floor plans and a  wide range of amenities and services designed to make retirement more enjoyable and fulfilling.  From the beautifully landscaped grounds, to the warm and inviting suites, to the friendly and helpful staff, residents find life at Greenfield is extraordinary.

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A home that doesn't fit into the current financial situation or physical abilities of a mature adult can create unneeded stress and lead to depression and other health-related problems.   While downsizing may be the best solution to alleviate these stressors and help seniors live the happiest and healthiest life, knowing how to get started and what to do with all of the "stuff" can stop the process before it even gets started.

To help Dallas/Fort Worth seniors and their families to better deal with the complexities involved in late-life moves, Senior Downsizing Experts Ingrid and John Sullivan have put together a casual and interactive workshop entitled  “Downsizing Made Easy."   The next free event will be presented at Brookdale Arlington (formerly Town Village) at 1250 W. Pioneer Parkway on Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. 

The hour-and-a-half presentation covers a wide variety of topics including: 

  • Factors to consider before making a move
  • Senior living options in the DFW area
  • Questions for touring senior living communities
  • Tips for hiring various professionals related to the moving process
  • Guidance on estate sales  
  • An overview of the current real estate market 

The Sullivans urge attendees to look at all of the options available for a new chapter of life that requires less maintenance and allows for more freedom and fun.   

"In many cases home ownership proves to be a financial burden and a source of isolation for seniors.  While remaining in the home may have been a goal earlier in life, by the time home ownership starts to feel unmanageable, the prospect of evaluating other options and actually moving, can be completely overwhelming," says Ingrid.  “As a DFW Realtor specializing in the 55+ real estate market, it is my goal to insure that older adults and their families are adequately equipped and aware of all the senior living options and resources available to them.  This part of my job is a great joy. Seniors and their families often don't know which way to turn when making these important decisions and we are happy to be here to help." 

For more information, or to register for the free seminar, please visit www.SeniorDownsizingExperts.com or call 817-635-1043.

 

About The Sullivans:  

The  Sullivan & Sullivan Team of Keller Williams Arlington have made it their mission to help older adults navigate the obstacles they face as they begin thinking about downsizing and selling their home.   The Sullivans have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute.   The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

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Attention to a Client’s Legacy Proves Critical to Success within the Seniors Market

 (Arlington, TX - September 14, 2015) – Even though the National Association of REALTORS® studies indicate that one out of every four home sellers this year will be over the age of 65, the seniors real estate market sorely lacks the attention that it warrants. In the midst of a massive demographic shift, the real estate industry remains largely focused on first-time buyers, move-up buyers, luxury home buyers and investors.

In a step toward closing that gap, the Seniors Real Estate Institute’s First Annual Legacy Conference, scheduled for Oct. 7-8, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas, represents the first-ever nationwide event designed to empower REALTORS® who serve seniors with a greater passion, purpose and plan for growing their businesses, while providing an often unmet need within families and communities.

With the event venue just minutes from the DFW airport, the Legacy Conference is drawing real estate agents from around the United States. “A significant percentage of attendees have already achieved the prestigious Certified Senior Housing Professional® (CSHP®) designation from the Seniors Real Estate Institute, and are well-known within their local markets as the go-to expert on seniors housing,” observed Nikki Buckelew,  Founder and CEO of the Seniors Real Estate Institute. “We are also thrilled at the number of registrants who have just begun to explore this market,” Buckelew added. 

“Real estate agents like Ingrid Sullivan who have sought out the training to serve seniors at a high level are not only uniquely skilled as professionals, they are also exceptional human beings,” Buckelew emphasized. “The opportunity to be in the presence of their energy and eagerness to share, combined with business and sales training, the latest research, insights, expert panels and masterminding, promises to be as life-changing as it is career building.”

Buckelew cited the following members of the SREI First Annual Legacy Conference Advisory Team for their critical contributions to the educational content, as well as for their contagious spirit of camaraderie and professional support that will add to the power the conference itself:

  • Ryan Cook, First Class Realty Group, Easton, Mass.
  • Cyndi Cummings, Keller Williams Realty, Lakeway Texas
  • Michelle Moon, Keller Williams Realty and Victory Life Coach, Orlando, Fla.
  • Elaine Scheelk, Reece Nichols Real Estate and Director of Marketing for Lifespace Communities, Kansas City, Kans.
  • Ingrid Sullivan, Keller Williams Realty, Arlington, Texas
  • Lisa Parrett Treadwell, Keller Williams Realty, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Mark Wilkinson, Life Coach and Team Leader, Keller Williams Platinum, Oklahoma City, Okla.

For more information or to register for the SREI First Annual Legacy Conference, go to http://www.sreilegacyconference.com.

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Certified Senior Housing Professional® (CSHP®) and Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Ingrid Sullivan has worn many hats while in the real estate industry.  Over the last 20+ years she has been a consultant and friend to many Top Producing real estate agents all over the country, coaching them on the latest technology skills and marketing programs.  As an agent she has worked with both buyers and sellers of all age groups and housing interests but has found that working with seniors is her real passion. She and her husband, John, known as Senior Downsizing Experts, make up one of the top teams at Keller Williams Arlington.

Ingrid also serves on the Arlington board of realtors as Vice Chair of the MLS committee and as President of the board of directors at her church.

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Seminar Educates Seniors and their Families on Options for Downsizing

As the population ages, more and more seniors and their caregiver families are faced with the challenges of “downsizing" -- a move for the elder from a larger family home into a smaller home, apartment, or senior living community.

To help Dallas-Fort Worth seniors and their families accomplish this life transition with the most ease, Senior Downsizing Experts, Ingrid and John Sullivan, have put together a free seminar entitled  “Downsizing Made Easy."  The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26 at 10:00am at The Summit located at 2975 Esplanade in Grand Prairie.

"In many cases home ownership proves to be a financial burden and a source of isolation for seniors.  While remaining in the home may have been a goal earlier in life, by the time home ownership starts to feel unmanageable, the prospect of evaluating other options and actually moving, can feel completely overwhelming," says Ingrid.

That is exactly the reason that the Sullivans have stepped into the role of DFW's top advocates for a proactive, positive approach to where and how to spend one's later years.  For more than six years, the Sullivans have made it their mission to help older adults navigate the obstacles they face as they begin thinking about downsizing and selling their home.  

In the last few years, homeowners over 65 accounted for about 25% of all homes sold, and that figure is on the rise.  As such, the Sullivans are urging seniors to evaluate their options and make decisions about late-in-life housing arrangements well before they get to the point that decisions have to be made for them.  "It's never too early to become informed, " Ingrid emphasizes.

During their hour-and-a-half presentation, the Sullivans present a framework for getting started on a plan, and urge attendees to look at all of the options available for a new chapter of life that require less maintenance and allow for more freedom and fun.   Guest speakers will include specialists in Title and Escrow, Packing and Moving, Home Repair and Estate Sales.

“As a DFW Realtor who specializes in helping senior citizens and their families with their real estate needs, this part of my job is a great joy. Seniors and their families often don't know which way to turn when making these important decisions and we are happy to be here to help,” says Ingrid.

To reserve your spot for the seminar, call (817) 635-1043 or visit www.SeniorDownsizingExperts.com.

About Senior Downsizing Experts:  

Ingrid and John Sullivan have more than 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry.  They have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute.   The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

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New Seminar seeks to equip, empower and educate adult children of aging parents

Those in the position of helping elder family members navigate housing choices face a weighty set of decisions and responsibilities. While every move represents a unique set of circumstances, late-life transitions can pose distinct, and often unexpected, challenges.

As real estate professionals specializing in the older adult market, Senior Downsizing Experts, Ingrid & John Sullivan, have helped hundreds of mature homeowners, families, and caregivers with the home sale and purchase process – many involving saying goodbye to long-time family residences.  In this new seminar, the Sullivans present an overview of the five most common mistakes adult children of aging parents make when assisting with late-life moves and introduce proven solutions for avoiding these mistakes.  The goal is to help attendees with the necessary information to proceed with confidence and courage in their role.

Topics covered will include ways to:

  • Communicate more effectively.
  • Create a plan of action for future care needs.
  • Locate suitable senior living options.
  • Simplify the relocation process.
  • Find and hire the right support when needed.

"Moving Mom & Dad" will be presented at The Chateau on Wildbriar Lake located at 1515 Hard Rock Road in Irving on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00am.  To reserve your spot, please call (817) 635-1043 or visit www.seniordownsizingexperts.com.

About Senior Downsizing Experts:  Ingrid and John Sullivan have more than 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry.  They have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute.   The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

About The Chateau on Wildbriar Lake:  A Senior Independent Living Community for age 62 and better, The Chateau on Wildbriar Lake offers  a luxurious and peaceful environment and  includes features and amenities that allow residents free time to concentrate on what’s important--enjoying life! Strategically located in the heart of the Metroplex, the community is surrounded by shopping and dining opportunities and all the area’s venues of choice are conveniently within reach. For more information on the community, visit www.chateauonwildbriarlake.com.  

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Arlington is one of the best places in the Metroplex to spend Independence Day weekend.  Not only do they host one of the biggest and best July 4th parades in the country, there are also several places to enjoy family fun and fireworks.  Here are a few fun Fourth of July activities in Arlington:

Light Up Arlington – This annual event in downtown Arlington includes food trucks, activities for kids, free musical entertainment, and fireworks. Festivities begin at 6pm onFriday, July 3rd with a fireworks show at 9:45 pm.  To get the scoop, visitwww.lightuparlington.com.

Arlington 4th of July Parade – Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2015, this year should be the biggest and best parade to date.  The parade begins at 9am on Saturday, July 4thin the downtown Arlington/UTA area but you’ll want to arrive plenty early to stake out a spot.  Free parking is available at UTA.  For all of the details and a parade route map, visit www.arlington4th.org.

Rally Day at AT&T Stadium – After the parade, consider heading to the home of the Dallas Cowboys.  Tour the stadium, see the Superbowl tropies, participate in on-field activities and meet the cheerleaders and former Dallas Cowboys players.  You can also have your photo taken with the Cowboys mascot, Rowdy.  Festivities run from noon to 6pm on Saturday, July 4th.  Tickets are $14.50 – $27.50 and can be purchased online by visiting http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/rallyday/.

Fireworks at Globe Life Park – What’s more American than spending the 4th at a baseball game with the family?  Catch the Rangers game against the Angels on Saturday, July 4th then enjoy a fireworks show following the game.  For tickets and complete details, visit www.texasrangers.com.

July 4th Fest at Six Flags – Six Flags is always a great way to spend some fun time with your family.  From Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th, enjoy early ride times with your season pass or by bringing a Coke can.  Spend the day at the park and stick around after the sun goes down for a fireworks and laser show beginning around 9:45 pm each night.  For tickets and all the details, visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas.

Looking to move to Arlington?  We can help you find the perfect home.  Call us at (817) 330-9235 or visit www.sullivandfwhomes.com.

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Downsizing.  Just the thought can cause fear, worry and stress for seniors and their families.  To assist with this daunting task, Senior Downsizing Experts Ingrid and John Sullivan will conduct a free "Downsizing Made Easy" seminar at the Eunice Activity Center located at 1000 Eunice Street in Arlington on Wednesday, June 17 at 2:00 pm.

How do you know if it is time for you to downsize?  Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • Do you have too much house for your current lifestyle?
  • Does your home work with your current physical abilities?
  • Do you want to be closer to family, friends or doctors?
  • Do you need the equity from your current home in order to make a move?
  • Would a move improve your lifestyle?

The Sullivans urge attendees to consider all of these factors and look at all of the options available.  They will give suggestions for creating a plan that allows for a new chapter of life requiring less maintenance and allowing for more freedom and fun.  They stress that careful planning and sound advice are crucial to a successful move.

Featured guest speakers will include specialists in Title and Escrow, Packing and Moving, Home Repair and Estate Sales.  To reserve your spot for the free seminar, call (817) 635-1043 or visit www.SeniorDownsizingExperts.com.

About Senior Downsizing Experts:   

Ingrid and John Sullivan of Keller Williams Arlington have more than 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry.  They have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors.  Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute. The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be.   Their message to seniors and their families:  "You Are Not Alone."

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The rains have kept North Texans from enjoying the outdoors as much as we might have liked this spring.  With summer just around the corner, many of us will be venturing out for some sunshine and fresh air.  Here are 10 tips to keep seniors healthy and safe this summer:

  1. Stay Hydrated:  Try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. By the time you start to feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. The feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so seniors must consciously increase water intake during periods of prolonged physical activity. Avoid caffeinated drinks as they can contribute to dehydration. If you know you’ll be outside for a long period, plan ahead and pack water to take with you.
  2. Dress Appropriately.  Remember the 5 L’s – Layered, Loose, Lightweight, Light-colored, Long sleeves.  Layers allow you to go from the cooler mornings and evenings to the warmer part of the day.  Loose and  lightweight clothing allows your skin to breath better than tight fitting, heavier garments.  Light colors reflect the sun and are therefore cooler.  Long sleeves protect your skin from harmful UV rays.  A wide brimmed hat is also important for protecting your face, ears and neck.
  3. Protect Your Eyes.  Vision problems are common among seniors and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Glasses or sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays can help reduce the cumulative effect the sun can have on cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  4. Wear sunscreen.  Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Be sure to apply it 15-30 minutes before you will be exposed to the sun. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently – even if it says it is “waterproof”.
  5. Know the signs of heat stroke. Symptoms of hyperthermia, or heat stroke, include body temperature of 104+, confusion, disorientation, agitation, dry, flushed skin, headache, lethargy, nausea and vomiting, rapid pulse, and fainting. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
  6. Plan activities for morning or evening. Try to limit your outdoor activity to the times of day when the temperatures are lower and the sun isn’t beating down on you.
  7. Turn on your air conditioning. A closed up home without air conditioning can be a dangerous place in the heat of the summer.  Many seniors don’t want to run up their electric bill so they avoid running their air.  Consider spending the hottest part or the day with friends or family who have air conditioning or at a shopping mall, senior center, or movie theater. If you need assistance with your utility bills, there are many state and local programs that can help.  Check with your electric company or city government to find out what is available to you and what the requirements are.
  8. Check on Friends and Family. Get to know your neighbors so you can look out for one another.  Check on friends and relatives, especially those who do not have air conditioning. Plan outings together in places that have air conditioning.
  9. Know Your Medications: If you take daily medications, review the potential side effects. Some medications can increase sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you are unsure, call your doctor or pharmacist with any questions.
  10. Know Who to Call.  Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy to access area.  If you aren’t feeling well or need help, don’t be afraid to call for help.