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B.A.B.E.S is Making a Big Impact in San Diego’s Alzheimer’s Community

On 25, May 2017 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Ron Greenwald

Are you familiar with the Alzheimer’s research efforts that are happening here in San Diego? We interviewed Jamie Tyrone, the founder for B.A.B.E.S, which stands for Beating Alzheimer’s By Embracing Science. Jamie founded this organization after she found out that she had a 91% genetic risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. This genetic status is only found in about 2% of the population worldwide. After Jaime had found out, she realized that she had a choice to feel down about the potential risk of Alzheimer’s in the future, or she could find meaning in the situation to help other people.

What is B.A.B.E.S?

The B.A.B.E.S organization is designed to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research, as well as spread awareness about the importance of research for this disease. Jamie’s goal is to capture the energy of women in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Research efforts for Alzheimer’s disease should happen before the diagnosis. Doctors can do scanning and testing in healthy individuals as well as people with a genetic risk of the disease, and then use this information to help people who have been diagnosed.

Alzheimer’s Research in San Diego

San Diego is a hotbed of research, making it a great location for people who want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. So, there are many opportunities for people who are both diagnosed and undiagnosed who want to be involved in the research efforts.

Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, being a participant in the research is not only altruistic, but it is also an opportunity to increase the likelihood of a cure. If you or a family member is diagnosed in the future, then a cure could help to restore your family.

Getting Involved

Are you interested in how you can get involved in this effort? Contact Jamie with questions that you have about the organization and research opportunities in the area. You can visit her website at https://alzbabes.org to learn about the ways that you can participate.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we are working hard to connect the community. If you are considering a move or looking for the right retirement lifestyle, then we are here to help. Talk to us to learn more about the housing choices that will be right for your preferred lifestyle: (844) 782-9674

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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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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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What Do You Need to Know about Propositions 60 & 90?

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Did you know that buying a home for retirement could potentially be beneficial for your tax filing? In the state of California, Propositions 60 & 90 were written to help aging adults with tax benefits when they move to a new residence.

Keep in mind that these tax benefits are only available one time for each household, and they apply to families moving to a new or existing home that is equal or lesser value than their current home. If a claim is filed, then it is possible to transfer the trended base value to your new property.

Qualifications for 60/90?

Proposition 60 and Proposition 90 offer similar benefits, but 60 is designed for moves within the same county and 90 is for inter-county moves. To qualify, your current home and new home need to be your principal residence and both need to meet the requirements for the Homeowner’s Exemption. Also, the counties involved must allow this tax benefit to transfer.

Also, the replacement property needs to be built or purchased within two years of the sale of the original property. Either you or your spouse needs to be over the age of 55 to qualify.

Eligibility is only available one time. Once you or your spouse has received this tax relief, then you will never be able to file for it again.

Types of Homes that Qualify

All types of replacement homes can qualify, including single family residences, community apartments, planned developments, condos, mobile homes, and a living unit within a larger structure. “Equal or lesser value” of the replacement property is defined by these guidelines:

  • If the purchase or construction occurs before the sale of the original property, then the new property needs to be 100% or less than the value of the original property
  • If the purchase or construction occurs within the first year, then it needs to be 105% or less compared to the value of the original property
  • If the transaction happens in the second year, then it needs to be 110% or less compared to the value of the original property

Keep in mind that these guidelines are based on market value, not necessarily the purchase price or sale price. An assessor will determine the value of each property to ensure that these requirements are met.

Are you interested in learning more about how you can benefit from propositions 60 & 90? Call Greenwald &Gerke Realtors. We are here to help: (844) 782-9674

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