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May
2017

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How to Use Wearable Technology to Maximize Your Health

On 18, May 2017 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Ron Greenwald

It is an amazing time to be alive! Technology has made it possible to maximize our health in so many ways, and people of all ages are benefitting from simple solutions such as wearable technology. If you want to enjoy your retirement lifestyle, then you need to ensure that you are protecting your health with these at-home tools.

Wearable technology is designed to improve our lives by providing details about our health throughout the day. The best thing that you can do to take control of your health is to invest in a smartwatch or FitBit that you can use on a daily basis. Here are a few ways that these tools can boost your health:

Increase Physical Activity

Measuring your physical activity is a great way to see how much you are moving throughout the day. Many people set a goal, such as 10,000 steps per day or 30 minutes of exercise. Wearing a smartwatch or fitness band will automatically track this information. So, you can look at the reports to see if you met your goal. Boosting physical activity helps with weight loss and it also decreases the risk of many diseases.

Monitor Sleeping Patterns

Choosing to wear your fitness tracker at night can be a good way to monitor your sleeping patterns. These devices provide information about the number of hours of sleep achieved, as well as how many restless moments occurred during the night. If you see that you are having problems with your sleep patterns, then you can talk to your doctor to learn more about medications or treatments to improve your sleep. Improving sleep is an important way to decrease stress levels and optimize immune function.

Alert Caregivers

Some of these devices are designed to alert family members or caregivers if something goes wrong. For example, heart monitors can send information about irregular patterns. Or, an alert can be sent if someone falls. As a result, people can maintain independence and reduce the risk of health complications related to injuries.

Technology and other modern day amenities can also be incorporated into your retirement home to optimize your lifestyle. If you are looking for the best home to enjoy your retirement, then you need to talk to our team here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors: (844) 782-9674

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11

May
2017

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Ready to Move? How to Pick a Senior Community

On 11, May 2017 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Ron Greenwald

When it is time to move, it is a big decision to pick a location that will support your lifestyle. If you are interested in “rightsizing” your home and you want to move to an area with other fun, like-minded people, then you might consider the benefits of moving to a senior community.

Before you make a move, there are several factors that need to be considered. These things can help you pick the best community to meet your needs. We interviewed David and Trudy to hear some of their suggestions that helped them to make this move:

Improving Social Life and Activities

One big motivating factor to move is because friends or family moved away to different locations. If you want to be more social and enjoy fun activities on a regular basis, then a community can be a great option to consider.

Selling a single-family home and moving to a senior community means that you can step away from the responsibilities of caring for a home. Instead, you can spend that time doing the things that you enjoy.

Simple, Fun Retirement Lifestyle

Take a moment to consider all of the daily activities that require your time and attention. Are you tired of spending your free time cooking, cleaning the kitchen, managing the garden, and keeping up with the maintenance tasks around the house? A community makes it possible to step away from these tasks so that you can enjoy your retirement lifestyle to the fullest extent.

Many people find that moving to a retirement community gives them the opportunity to relax and live a gentle lifestyle, and have more fun at the same time.

Comparing Communities

Keep in mind that retirement communities aren’t all created equal. Some of them offer nicer living conditions and better amenities. So, you should take some time to compare the options that are in the area. For David and Trudy, their preferences were focused on a large apartment, good food, and convenient access.

Are you considering the benefits of moving to a community? Talk to us at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors to learn more about how you can maximize your retirement lifestyle: (844) 782-9674

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16

Feb
2017

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5 Technology Tools to Improve the Quality of Your Retirement

On 16, Feb 2017 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Have you maximized the use of technology to improve your lifestyle? Retirement is the time when you can enjoy the golden years of your life, and there are many tools that can be used to help around the house. If you like to keep up with the tech industry, then you will love some of these gadgets:

1. Voice Activated In-Home Assistant

Amazon’s Alexa system and other speakers are easy to control with the spoken word. If your hands are busy with your favorite hobby, then you can adjust the playlist by giving a verbal command. This in-home assistant can provide information, manage shopping lists, and even set a timer for your dinner that is in the oven.

2. Camera Security Systems

By leveraging your smartphone and strategically placing cameras, you can keep an eye on your home when you are away on vacation. A security camera can be positioned to show who is on the front porch when the doorbell rings. Or, set up cameras inside so that you can monitor the activities of the housekeeping crew during the day.

3. Floodlight Security

Another great option is a floodlight cam, which triggers the camera when the motion-sensor floodlight is activated. This system can be setup with facial recognition, a built-in alarm, night vision, and two-way audio. If you are notified on your app that the camera has been triggered, then you can zoom in and choose to sound the alarm or manually flash the lights to scare intruders away. Everything can be controlled on your smartphone from any location with a good internet connection.

4. Smart Watches

Do you love staying connected with your kids and grandkids, but you don’t like using your smartphone all the time? Invest in a smart watch which will allow you to manage phone calls, text messages, and other apps on your wrist.

5. Medication Dispenser

It is common for people of all ages to take medication for various health conditions, such as acid reducers, blood pressure management, and more. If you find it a hassle to remember the dosages, then consider the benefits of a medication management tool. Program the tool once, then load the machine with your medicine. The machine is coded to deliver the pills at the right time, giving you a quick reminder.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we specialize in real estate services for retired adults. Contact us today if you want to buy a home that will help you maximize the use of technology in your life: (844) 782-9674

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02

Feb
2017

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Fun Retirement Activities to Add a Spark for Valentine’s Day

On 02, Feb 2017 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you planned something fun to share with that special someone? Retirement is a great time to enjoy these holidays to the fullest because you have a flexible schedule and the resources to make it a great experience.

If you are looking to add a spark for Valentine’s Day, consider these options:

Hire a Chef

Instead of fighting the crowds at a busy restaurant, consider hiring a chef for the night. This person can come to your home to prepare a gourmet candlelight meal to share with your sweetheart. Most personal chefs will bring the ingredients that are needed for the meal. Additionally, they will plan the menu to match any dietary restrictions that you might be worried about.

Valentine’s Day can be one of the busiest days of the year for the nice restaurants in the area. Luckily, you don’t have to go out to enjoy a romantic meal together.

Plan a Vacation

How does it sound to run away to a warm beach for the week? Destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii allow you to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather all year long. Or, you might consider a weekend away in wine country. A getaway is a perfect way to step away from daily activities and feel the spark in your relationship. Talk to a travel agent to see if there are any Valentine’s packages available.

Try a New Hobby

Is there an activity that you have wanted to try? Use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to gift the items that will be needed for your new hobby. For example, if you want to spend more time on the golf greens together, then consider purchasing new golf clubs as Valentine’s gifts. Planning an activity together is a great way to build strong memories.

At Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we want to help you maximize your retirement lifestyle. Contact our team to learn more about how our real estate services can be used during this stage in your life. We are here to help: (844) 782-9674

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08

Dec
2016

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3 Ways to Maximize Life Satisfaction during Retirement

On 08, Dec 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Are you considering or near that decision to retire from the work force?   Today’s retiree is active, vibrant, engaged, and looking to give back.   The early retirement years is the time to put the pedal to the metal in terms of increasing your mental and physical activities.  Here are a few ways that you can improve your circumstances and maximize life satisfaction during your golden years:

1. Spend More Time with the People that You Love

Now that you don’t have to worry about work, it is the perfect opportunity to spend time with the people that you love. Take trips to visit your grandchildren, plan Sunday dinners with the nearby family members and friends, and look for ways that you can connect with each person in your family. Strong family relationships and deep friendships will bring a deeper sense of satisfaction into your life.

2. Pick Multiple New Activities

Are you getting out to enjoy the beautiful world? Find a hobby that helps you maintain an active lifestyle. Consider options like pickleball (the latest craze sweeping the nation), traveling, cycling, or any other sports activities that you have always wanted to try. If you enjoy artwork or crafts, check the local craft store to find out if they offer sewing, knitting, or flower arrangement classes. Even something as simple as getting out of the house to walk the dog each night can be an effective way to keep your blood pumping and boost your mind.

3. Focus on Your Health

The quality of your health matters and many retirees become more aware of their health because of small aches and pains that start to creep in. If you want to enjoy health and vitality, then you need to make an effort to improve daily habits that impact your health. Plan healthy meals, exercise several times a week and make it a point to keep yourself mentally active each day.  To assist in your interactions with the medical profession, we strongly encourage you to think long and hard about adding a medical advocate to your team of professionals.

At Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we offer real estate services for active retirees. We know that it is important to have a home that will support your retirement lifestyle, and our team is here to help. Contact us to learn more about the best retirement living to match your preferences: (844) 782-9674

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26

Oct
2016

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Retirement Communities Offer Top-Notch Social Opportunities

On 26, Oct 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Research has found that socialization is essential for healthy aging, and many mature adults are taking this principle to heart. Travel among retired adults has increased by 70% since 2004, and people are looking for ways to maximize their lifestyle during their golden years.

Are you looking for a way to boost social interactions and find common friends to share hobbies and weekly activities? Retirement communities are a great option for people who want to maintain social interaction and an active lifestyle.

The Evolution of Retirement Communities

Some people hesitate when they hear the term “retirement community,” because they think of white walls and boring Bingo games. But, the industry has drastically changed in recent years. Retirement communities are now focused on mature adults who are looking to maintain a fun, active schedule. These communities offer the friendship and support that many people are looking for at this time in their lives.

These age-restricted communities often have a minimum age of 55 years old for the residents. The neighborhood creates an environment where mature adults can maintain independence and enjoy amazing benefits provided with their housing.

Engaging Retirement Community Activities

What activities are available in these housing developments? The possibilities are endless, and many communities are looking for ways to improve their amenities. These are some of the common benefits that are offered:

  • Walking Trails
  • Swimming Pools
  • Golf Course
  • Clubhouse
  • Social Events
  • Computer Labs
  • Hobby Centers
  • Tennis Courts
  • Other Recreational Spaces

When you choose the right community, access to these features is included in the homeowner’s association fees. By living in the neighborhood, you can enjoy these fun activities every day of the week. These activities offer great opportunities to connect with other mature adults in the area.

Are you interested in learning more about “rightsizing” your home by moving into an active lifestyle retirement community? It is essential that you work with a real estate team that understands your individual needs. Here at Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we offer real estate services for mature adults. Contact us to find out more about the unique services that are available for you: (844) 782-9674

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15

Sep
2016

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Conveniences to Consider During Retirement

On 15, Sep 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

We live in an on-demand world, which means that there are many convenient product and services available at our fingertips. It is estimated that $370 billion in online sales will happen in 2017, and these numbers are growing on an annual basis. Are you taking advantage of online shopping, professional services, and other daily life conveniences that are offered?  First, ALWAYS remember to V.E.T…. VERIFY, EXAMINE, & THINK about all products and services before jumping on the bandwagon.

Making Life Easier for Mature Adults

You may have just retired or be retired and you are busier than ever enjoying life and engaging in worthwhile projects at home and in your community. You are making a conscious decision to not have to do the daily chores of life.  Whether it is cooking for one, household maintenance, paying bills, managing the mounds of paperwork living continues to pile on us, you may be looking for ways to shuttle these necessities on to others.

You may rather spend your time volunteering at a local homeless shelter, mentoring a young child, or assisting a senior. You can save time and money by using online services, such as drop-shipping for online purchases.  Those items are delivered directly to your doorstep.

Grocery stores often provide delivery services, or you can choose a curbside pickup. Simply enter your shopping order online, and the store employees will find the items and load the bags, so that you don’t even have to walk into the store.

Maintaining Independence

One of the biggest issues in today’s complex world is the paperwork….bill paying, staying on top of the deadlines, and making those phone calls to get a right answer.  There are professionals who are ethical, bonded, and trustworthy that can remove that burden from your daily life that will empower you to a higher degree of self realization.

Our team at Greenwald & Gerke Realtors is here to help you find a home that will allow you to maintain independence during retirement. We offer real estate services for aging adults, and we invite you to contact us anytime to learn more about the services that are available: (844) 782-9674

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01

Sep
2016

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Luxury Retirement Communities: Enjoy Your Life in Style

On 01, Sep 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

The term “retirement community” may still paint those negative connotations among mature adults and their adult children. People make a very false assumption that their independence and life pleasures will fall short by moving to a senior community. The truth may be 180 degrees from one’s perception.  The enrichment and services offered in many retirement communities have drastically been re-invented  to meet today’s needs and demands by their residents.   We understand you love your home of 40, 50+ years, but your quality of life may be drastically improved when moving to a community that focuses on socialization, life enrichment and award winning food menus.

Go Visit the Retirement Communities of Today –

Many retirement communities have revamped their services and image, creating a space that is designed to offer luxury accommodations. Many offer a “staycation” package.  You deserve to live in a place that offers all the comforts that you desire.

Modern retirement communities include features such as day spas, five-star dining establishments, golf courses, and luxury finishes in each room. Professional interior decorators are brought in to provide the finishing touches. You can enjoy everything that you had in your home, just on a smaller scale. These residences often include large bedrooms, full kitchens, granite countertops, designer fixtures and more.

Rightsize Your Home to Upgrade Your Lifestyle

When you decide to rightsize, it doesn’t mean that you are downgrading your lifestyle. The truth is that many people find that their life is more carefree and happier when they choose one of these resort-style retirement communities. They offer home care services and all of the amenities that you can dream up. Many locations even allow you to upgrade your residence in any way that you desire, including custom closets, repainting, adding new flooring, or changing the color scheme in the living space.

At Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we want to help you find the perfect residence for your retirement years. Our team offers high-quality real estate services for mature adults, and we are here to help you find the right retirement community to match your active lifestyle. For more information about the services that we offer, we invite you to contact us right away. We are here to help with anything that you need: (844) 782-9674

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21

Jul
2016

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Tips to Maximize your Retirement Lifestyle

On 21, Jul 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

It is a liberating feeling to finally reach retirement age! What do you plan to do with your days now that you have so much time available? Instead of getting stuck in the rut of having a boring retirement routine, look for ways that you can spice up your life and enjoy the luxury of a nice retirement lifestyle. Here are a few options that you might consider:

See the World

Since you are no longer tied down by a job, it is the perfect time to pack your bags and explore the globe. Mark things off your bucket list and enjoy the places that you have always wanted to visit. Plan time to see family, and enjoy some of the beautiful parts of the planet where we live.

Find a Cause and Get Involved

Look around to find a charitable organization that connects with your passions or interests, and donate to the cause. Get deeply involved in the organization and you will find more meaning in your daily activities. Charitable outreach and giving back to your favorite cause is a great way to maximize one’s retirement.

Find Local Activities

You don’t have to leave home to enjoy fun activities. Look for local centers that offer day activities, exercise classes, book clubs, cooking classes, and anything else that sparks your interest. These local activities can give you the option to pick up a new hobby, and they are a great way to socialize with other retired individuals.

Enjoy Your Hobbies

Do you feel a rush when the wind is blowing through your hair while you ride down a trail on your bicycle? Or maybe your preference is to spend time with friends on the golfing green? Consider your favorite hobbies and look for ways to maximize your time doing the things that you love. You might even set aside a specific time each week for these types of activities.

Try a New Restaurant

Explore local eateries and try new types of food. It is easy to get stuck in a rut and always visit the same restaurant. Instead of being a “regular” at the diner down the street, consider the advantages of testing out highly rated restaurants in your city or the neighboring areas.

At Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we know that retirement is a great time to live the life that you have always dreamed about. We want to help with your retirement lifestyle by making it easy to find the home that best matches your needs during this time in life. Contact us to learn more about the real estate services that are available: (844) 782-9674

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