Leaving Your Long-Time Home? How Will You Handle the Transition?

June 10, 2024
Hosted by Ron Roel

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Episode Description

It’s a frequent scenario for older couples or surviving spouses: They find themselves unable to manage the home they’ve lived in for years and realize that, regrettably—but inevitably—it’s time to move on. Sometimes the decision comes suddenly; other times it develops gradually. But when the time comes, homeowners often find themselves overwhelmed with the myriad tasks required to make the move. In today’s episode, we meet Diana Zagariello and Rachel Rohn of Caring Transitions, Senior Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists who provide an broad array of services to seniors experiencing these stressful and emotional circumstances. Diana and Rachel will explain how they help families develop a transition plan to declutter their homes, downsize, organize the move, and perhaps conduct estate sales and design functional floor plans for their new residences. Each plan is different, but they all require empathy and patience, often coordinating services with real estate agents, movers, attorneys, estate planners and other professionals. Ultimately, Diana and Rachel’s goal is to create a streamlined support system, taking care of the details so that people in transition can take care of their loved ones—and themselves.

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Ron Roel

I’m a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, the last two decades focusing on the blend of diverse life skills I call successful aging.

I have written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures, discovering along the way that the path to aging well also requires an unexpected entrepreneurial vision. I spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers. I created Roelresources.com, a website offering practical advice and inspirational essays for people ages 40 and above. I have been a volunteer and consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles, advocating for seniors, and developing action plans for the AARP Age-Friendly Communities initiative.

I am active in programs and organizations that support seniors, such as the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. I have developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years. I regularly collaborate with many professionals who provide services and support for older Americans, and I am completing a book for caregivers on Long Island, “The Caregiving Navigator/How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself,” scheduled for publication in early 2021.

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