White House Conference on Aging

You don’t have to travel anywhere to participate in the White House Conference on Aging (www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/) on July 13, 2015. And you don’t have to be a senior to participate or to benefit.

One aim of the conference is getting people of all ages to consider healthy aging and ways to ensure that people across all generations enjoy longer, better lives.

Click on the links to learn about the conference topics, which will include retirement security (www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/blog/policy/post/retirement-security), healthy aging (www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/blog/policy/post/healthy-aging-policy-brief), long-term services and supports (www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/blog/policy/post/long-term-services-and-supports), and elder justice (www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/blog/policy/post/elder-justice-policy-brief).

According to the White House, the event is an effort “to listen, learn, and share with older adults, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field on how to best address the changing landscape of aging in the coming decade.”

Here are several ways to participate:

Live streaming: Watch the event at whitehouse.gov/live

In addition, you can share your opinions and your story.

  • Interviews: Download the StoryCorps app (https://storycorps.me) and interview an older adult. Then upload the conversation to have it archived in the Library of Congress. You can share your story on social media by using the #WHCOA hashtag.

Let the purging begin

Turns out your millennial children don’t want your formal dining room set, your fine bone china, or the anitques you’ve been collecting.

They’re also not too attached to mementos-yours or their own childhood trophies, scrapbooks, and artwork.

See: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-millennials-nix-parents-treasures-20150328-story.html#page=1

Many millennials are living compact urban lives, they have their own aesthetic sensibility, and they’re cataloging their memories digitally.

Do your kids a favor.  Let the purge begin!

Housing Data

How not to interpret January’s housing data

After eight long years, America’s housing market is finally back on track. People are buying and selling houses at a healthy clip. The number of housing construction permits has risen by 8.1 percent over the past year; housing sales are up 3.2 percent over the same period. Best of all, the median existing-home price was nearly $200,000 in January—more than 6 percent higher than this time in 2014. Quite simply, the housing market is healthier than it has been at any point in recent memory.



January is the month when talk turns to resolutions, and magazines and newspapers give readers tips and resources.

So here it-is:

Decluttering the home ranks right up there with diets and health on New Years resolution lists.

This online resource (www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/declutter.html) can help you in your quest for the Zen living environment.

The site offers that classic approach of setting a timer and suggesting that you deal with stuff in a given space for a set amount of time.

Somehow its methods do the trick for some chronically disorganized folks.

For one, the site provides a calendar of daily to-dos and how-tos for the year.

So, for instance, during January there’s a mission each week – kitchen counters, kitchen cabinets and drawers, pantry, and refrigerator and freezer.

Each day of the week is devoted to an activity associated with that mission, whether that entails purging the junk drawer or making an inventory of the freezer and pantry.

If your kitchen spaces are in good shape, you can skip ahead to other months and find help with dealing with dining rooms, bedrooms and paper clutter.

Especially if you’re preparing your house for sale this spring or later in the year, this daily decluttering strategy will get your spaces in shape slowly and steadily and without panic.

You can sign up to get weekly reminders or join the Declutter 365 Facebook Group for daily reminders; you can find tips on specific problem areas – the dresser, the nightstand or the bathroom counter; and you can print out monthly calendars, as well as check lists, inventory sheets, and password organizer forms.