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Aging in Style with Lori Williams is a positive and uplifting podcast with the goal of inspiring people of all ages to live their best life.

Hosted by senior living expert Lori Williams, this show provides education and resources on all aspects of senior living. You will meet inspirational seniors, who are aging with grace and making the most of their senior years. Be ready to change your bias about age, reinvent yourself, and live a more meaningful life!

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Aging in Style with Lori Williams is a positive and uplifting podcast with the goal of inspiring people of all ages to live their best life.

Hosted by senior living expert Lori Williams, this show provides education and resources on all aspects of senior living. You will meet inspirational seniors, who are aging with grace and making the most of their senior years. Be ready to change your bias about age, reinvent yourself, and live a more meaningful life!

    029. Ready to downsize? Hear about the service that'll help you sort, sell, pack and move it!

    029. Ready to downsize? Hear about the service that'll help you sort, sell, pack and move it!

    If you’re moving out of your house of 30 years, where do you even begin? Donna Rae lifts the veil of the professional packing, moving and liquidation service as the franchise owner of Caring Transitions in North Dallas. With 200 offices across the U.S., the business partners with seniors and their families to declutter, pack, move, and settle into their new home. Many seniors benefit from such a service especially as they downsize into smaller homes and senior living communities.

    Donna shares her top tips for approaching a move and simple ways to get started - even if it’s intimidating. Her team’s strategy even works with seniors who have decades’ worth of belongings. She’ll also explain why it’s important to work with people who understand all aspects of the business and have strong knowledge of the senior population and this stage of life.

    Topics discussed in this episode:
    - Tips for downsizing and decluttering
    - Packing and moving seniors
    - Online auctions and estate sales
    - Moving into a senior community
    - Packing service for seniors
    - Liquidating belongings: Donating, gifting and selling

    Takeaways from this episode:
    · Start grouping your belongings into 4 categories: keep, donate, gift, and recycle. Use different types of bags / packing for each, like a trash bag for donations and a tote for gifts.
    · Floor planning helps with layout and visualizing the new space. Measuring furniture will help give a greater idea of what will fit into this layout.
    · A good moving service will help empower seniors to make decisions about their furnishings and what to leave behind while advising on what’s critical.
    · Caring Transitions will “mirror” a home setup, so they’ll recreate portions of the space to make it feel like home for when you move in (like a nightstand setup).
    · It’s important to communicate with adult children during the process, especially if the packing service finds legal documents or hidden cash (which is common with seniors with memory loss).
    · Check pockets and furniture to make sure there’s no important items hidden away.
    · With COVID-19, online estate sales are an increasingly popular way to help liquidate belongings from the comfort of home.
    · In-home consultations (free) are a great way to determine how much the service will cost and to tailor individual needs.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Online Auctions/ Caring Transitions Bids:
    https://ctbids.com/
    Caring Transitions Brochure and next steps:
    https://2c62c2be-18b3-4bab-b584-5c844cba4b48.usrfiles.com/ugd/2c62c2_7721ea8ebfde434e8ffe37d4027ba022.pdf

    Learn more about Caring Transitions:
    https://www.caringtransitions.com/home/fbclid/iwar1rvfazs2yxudguvcemblsski4x9u0pj3mx7enn5-wzxkhsaim1bjlkjda

    To suggest a topic, be a guest or to support the podcast please email Lori@Loriwilliams-seniorservices.com
    For more senior resources and to sign up to the newsletter please visit:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoriWilliamsSeniorServices/
    https://www.instagram.com/theloriwilliams/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/theloriwilliams/
    https://loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/

    • 26 min
    028. The impact of COVID-19 on Seniors' Mental Health

    028. The impact of COVID-19 on Seniors' Mental Health

    Mental health is just as important as physical health (if not more)! Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted mental health, particularly in the senior community. Add the “winter blues” and it becomes more necessary than ever for seniors to prioritize their mental well-being. That’s why senior services expert Lori Williams has invited Heidi McBain, a marriage and family therapist, to share her top tips for alleviating anxiety and depression during this tough time.

    Takeaways from this episode:
    - We’ve all lost a lot during COVID-19, from family time and recreation to the lives of loved ones. It’s important to recognize this as grief and realize we’re all experiencing this together.
    - Start with the basics: Check that you’re tending to your diet, hydration, physical activity, and other basic needs – and be sure to get fresh air when you can.
    - Journaling is a helpful practice for processing grief. It can be easier to make mental connections when you put pen to paper.
    - Try meditating! There are many apps that can help you focus on breathing and living in the moment instead of letting your mind wander to frantic or dark places.
    - Connect with people virtually or pick up the phone, and be sure to honestly share how you’re doing nowadays. Many people can relate with how you’re feeling.

    Topics from this episode:
    · Depression / anxiety in seniors
    · COVID-19 and mental health
    · Mental and emotional wellbeing
    · Connecting virtually with family
    · Journaling practice
    · Anxiety tips for seniors
    · The benefits of meditation
    · Processing COVID-19 grief

    To learn more about Heidi McBain please visit:
    https://heidimcbain.com/

    To suggest a topic, be a guest or to support the podcast please email Lori@Loriwilliams-seniorservices.com
    For more senior resources and to sign up to the newsletter please visit:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoriWilliamsSeniorServices/
    https://www.instagram.com/theloriwilliams/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/theloriwilliams/
    https://loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/

    • 22 min
    027. Kicking off 2021 with 10 Resolutions / Goals for Seniors

    027. Kicking off 2021 with 10 Resolutions / Goals for Seniors

    Finding purpose is vital at any age - especially for seniors. So setting a New Year’s resolution is just as much for them as anyone. While there’s no age limit on setting goals, there are certain ones that may come in handy for those in their older age. Plus, as the pandemic continues, resolutions for staying happy and healthy are as important as ever.

    In the first episode of 2021, Lori shares tips for being successful with creating new goals, as well as 10 New Year’s resolution ideas for seniors who need inspiration.

    Topics from this episode:
    - Setting goals as a senior
    - New Year’s resolutions
    - Organization for seniors
    - Elder law attorney
    - Medication tips for seniors
    - Staying healthy as a senior
    - Tips for reaching goals
    - Finding joy and purpose

    Takeaways from this episode:
    · Goals are more attainable when you keep yourself accountable with realistic expectations, a vision board, and an accountability partner.
    · Plan to become organized, whether you meet with an elder law attorney for will planning, schedule medical and dental appointments, or make a list of all medications for easy reference.
    · Stay healthy, both mentally and physically: It’s always a good idea to continue learning and find ways that you can be active (in a way that makes sense for you).
    · Make sure your home is decluttered and fall-proof. Falling and breaking something is one of the quickest ways to lose independence.
    · Embrace technology to find joy, whether it’s to watch a new movie or connect with friends and family.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Episode about fall prevention with Jackie Archer:
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/792ce4fd/020-a-conversation-about-fall-prevention-with-expert-jacque-archer

    How seniors can start Estate and Will planning to make conversations easier:
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/798b9aed/017-aging-estate-planning-and-wills-tips-to-make-difficult-conversations-easier

    How to find purpose at any age:
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/78660b2c/019-letting-age-define-you-how-the-40-population-is-shifting-perspectives

    To suggest a topic, be a guest or to support the podcast please email Lori@Loriwilliams-seniorservices.com
    For more senior resources and to sign up to the newsletter please visit:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoriWilliamsSeniorServices/
    https://www.instagram.com/theloriwilliams/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/theloriwilliams/
    https://loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/

    • 14 min
    026. Tips on Touring Senior Communities

    026. Tips on Touring Senior Communities

    Have you visited a parent over the holidays and realized they would benefit from senior living? Maybe they need more socialization and prepared meals, so independent living would be a good option - or maybe they need assisted living for even more help. No matter which senior community you’re leaning toward, Senior Living Expert Lori Williams has 8 tips for you to keep in mind when it comes to touring and “interviewing” your (or your loved ones') prospective home.

    It’s not fun to move more than you have to. It’s also important that you feel cared for and enjoy where you’ll be spending most of your time. That’s why it’s good to have a game plan. There are many factors to consider, like whether to use a local senior placement service, the community’s COVID-19 strategy, and more. When you take these questions into account, you can take the stress out of the moving process and confidently make an informed decision about your new home.

    Topics from this episode:
    · Touring senior living communities
    · Tips for choosing the right senior living
    · Senior living placement services
    · Senior living communities and COVID-19
    · Questions to ask when touring senior residences

    Takeaways from this episode:
    · It’s important to have a local senior placement service so they’re familiar with the options in the area. Plus, they may have contacts for realtors, moving services and more.
    · Choosing precisely the right senior housing for your needs can help you use funds more effectively. Be sure to find an option for your budget too.
    · It’s okay to bring your seniors to look at their living options if they’re not suffering from dementia and if the process isn’t overwhelming.
    · Ask any and all questions you have, and make sure to check what certain words or services are if you don’t understand them.
    · Don’t be afraid to interact with staff during your visit, from the activities director to the chef -and even current residents.
    · Take plenty of notes and follow up with your senior placement advisor after your visit.
    · Go with your gut and be sure to go wherever feels best.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Tips on Touring Senior Communities PDF:
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/post/tips-on-touring-senior-communities-with-checklist

    005. Senior Housing 101
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/78876793/005-senior-housing-101

    021. 7 Red Flags to look for During Holiday Visits with Senior Family Members
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/78dafab1/021-7-red-flags-to-look-for-during-holiday-visits-with-senior-family-members

    023. How Senior Living is adapting to COVID-19
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/77ce3524/023-how-senior-living-is-adapting-to-covid-19

    025. Activities in Senior Living - it’s not what you think!
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/78cc0ade/025-activities-in-senior-living-its-not-what-you-think

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    • 25 min
    025. Activities in Senior Living - it’s not what you think!

    025. Activities in Senior Living - it’s not what you think!

    “A cruise ship on land” is how some people describe independent living, and this week’s guest is like the cruise ship director. As a resident experience coordinator, Rhonda Bedrick manages all activities at Pinewood Hills retirement community. She helps seniors live their best lives by coming up with experiences ranging from exercise classes to field trips. Rhonda shares what activities to expect and how they have the power to enhance seniors’ lives with regular socialization and exploration.

    Life has changed a bit for those in senior living due to COVID-19. Despite the challenges, Rhonda and her team have been creative in adapting to the situation and engaging residents. Thanks to their efforts, seniors have been able to stay active, continue to explore new hobbies and activities, and safely connect with other seniors - just a few of the benefits that independent living offers.

    Takeaways from this episode:
    -Seniors with physical limitations can still participate in activities and are encouraged to adapt according to their needs.
    -Wellness checks are seamlessly built into the independent living experience with socialization as a regular part of everyday life.
    -Activities often center on physical and mental wellness, with games that help seniors stay active and cognitively sharp.
    -Many activities help seniors learn new skills and try new things.
    -Before COVID-19, many activities involved meeting seniors at other senior living communities and taking field trips to local attractions.
    -Ambassadors from within the retirement community can welcome new residents and help them feel more included as they navigate their new home.
    -Finding activities to do outside (on patios), like putting on a parade, helps seniors feel cared for during the pandemic.
    -Finding strength, purpose, and belonging are key to having a sense of fulfillment as a senior.

    Topics discussed:
    -Independent living
    -Retirement communities
    -Retirement community activities
    -Senior living activities
    -Staying active
    -Finding purpose
    -Staying connected
    -Senior recreation
    -Helping seniors during COVID-19

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Pinewood Hills:
    https://www.holidayseniorliving.com/senior-apartments/texas/pinewood-hills-flower-mound
    https://www.facebook.com/PinewoodHillsRetirementCommunity
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhonda-bedrick/

    Finding Purpose at any age (episode 14):
    https://www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/episode/78a00db4/014-finding-your-purpose-at-any-age

    To suggest a topic, be a guest or to support the podcast please email: Lori@Loriwilliams-seniorservices.com
    For more senior resources and to sign up to the newsletter please visit:
    www.Loriwilliams-seniorservices.com
    https://www.facebook.com/LoriWilliamsSeniorServices/
    https://www.instagram.com/theloriwilliams/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/theloriwilliams/
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    • 50 min
    024. Ms. Texas Senior America shares why mindset and finding purpose are the keys to successful aging

    024. Ms. Texas Senior America shares why mindset and finding purpose are the keys to successful aging

    “We are what we think we are.” These words especially ring true for Joyce Brown, the reigning champion of the Ms. Texas Senior America pageant. When she was 59 years old, she found herself in a negative headspace and knew she had to make some life changes. She was determined to not let her age negatively influence her - and to make her sixties her best decade yet.

    Joyce shares her story about shifting her mindset and making lifestyle changes so that her sixties wouldn’t define her. She conquered her fears, pushed herself out of her comfort zone, and found herself starting a new chapter of life as a pageant queen.

    Takeaways from this episode:
    - Mindset is everything! It’s the only thing standing between you and your success.
    - Don’t believe in failure. You can learn from whatever it is you’ve done, apply those lessons, and grow from it.
    - Senior pageants are a great way to get seniors back out in the world and demonstrate how much they have to offer. It gives visibility and opportunities to do work in the community.
    - You’re still valuable no matter your age.
    - Many seniors still practice tap dancing and baton twirling. You simply have to be willing to get outside your comfort zone to enjoy hobbies and grow your skills.

    Topics in this episode:
    - Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant
    - Fitness / getting active
    - Lifestyle change
    - Mindset change
    - Senior pageant
    - Getting outside your comfort zone
    - Finding purpose in your old age

    To learn more about Ms. Texas Senior America:
    https://www.mstexassenioramerica.com/?fbclid=IwAR25t1fcy3l79Bcvkg5ls-nZHIsJO6dPzBkTk1QHyueOPxc61hpDQpbTbLI
    https://www.facebook.com/mstexassenioramerica/

    To suggest a topic, be a guest or to support the podcast please email Lori@Loriwilliams-seniorservices.com

    For more senior resources and to sign up to the newsletter please visit:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoriWilliamsSeniorServices/
    https://www.instagram.com/theloriwilliams/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/theloriwilliams/
    https://loriwilliams-seniorservices.com/aging-in-style-podcast/

    • 18 min

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flomosr ,

Excellent

So informative. I appreciate Lori’s enthusiasm and true love of seniors. This is about ALL seniors at all stages of over 55. Thanks!

Lootie68 ,

Answered all my questions

This show is excellent and packed with helpful information.

KatDidIt ,

Who knew?

Who knew that learning about aging could be so informative and interesting? And fun! Lori’s loving spirit shines brightly in this podcast as she speaks with passionate and knowledgeable guests. They add humor and provide examples that we can all relate to.

The info Lori shares here is current, accurate, and an invaluable resource for all of us who are dealing with aging family members or making decisions for ourselves as we get older. I highly recommend this podcast..it’s time well spent. Thank you, Lori, for all you do to help seniors and their families.

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