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Following, from the Home Instead Senior Care® network and Vickie Dellaquila, certified professional organizer and author of Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash, are 10 reasons seniors can't or won't give up their stuff and what to do about it.
The Sentimental Attachment The beloved prom dress represents the history and memories of the event; it's not the dress itself. Save only a piece of the dress to make a quilt or display in a shadow box. Scrapbooking and converting photos to DVDs are other ways to save treasured keepsakes without all the extra mess.
The Sense Of Loyalty Older adults who've received gifts from family and friends may be reluctant to part with them. Encourage your loved one to give unused gifts back to the giver or grandchildren.
The Need To Conserve Seniors are the original green people. Appeal to a senior's desire to help others. "You went through the Great Depression, now it's time for you to let go and help someone else." Counter a senior's inclination to conserve by appealing to their desire to give back.
The Fatigue A home with a lifetime of memories can easily become too much for an older adult to handle. Help seniors manage clutter by establishing online bill paying. Also, get your senior off junk mail lists, which can put them at risk for identity theft, and buy them a shredder.
The Change In Health Seniors who have suffered a brain trauma or stroke, who are wheelchair bound or who are experiencing dementia may no longer be able to manage household duties, which could contribute to clutter. If you see a health change, encourage your senior to visit his or her doctor and consider a professional organizer and caregiver to help your loved one.
The Fear Seniors often fear what will happen if they give up their stuff, like the older adult who saved three generations of bank statements. Use logic and information to help seniors understand it's O.K. to let go.
The Dream of the Future Those clothes in the closet don't fit anymore, but your loved one is sure that some day she'll lose enough weight to get into them. Ask seniors to fill a box with clothing they don't wear much and make a list of the items in the box. Agree that if they have not gone back to the box in six months to wear the item, they will donate that to charity.
The problem is that the zinc used for galvanizing the threaded water pipes doesn’t get along very well with the copper. If you make a direct connection, these two materials will interact in a chemical reaction that will corrode the joint and eventually cause it to start leaking.
To safely connect copper and galvanized steel, you have two options. Since brass doesn’t react with either the copper or the zinc, one method is to make sure you have a threaded female end on both the copper and the steel pipes, and then connect the two by simply inserting a short threaded brass nipple between them.
s will get a kick out of this clever bus conversion spearheaded by two enterprising Israeli women.
On a mission to create an attractive and affordable alternative means of housing, psychotherapist Tally Saul and ecological pond-water treatment specialist Hagit Morevski salvaged a decommissioned city bus from a local scrapyard and transformed it into a tricked-out micro-dwelling-on-wheels that boasts all the comforts of home, including flush toilets, air conditioning and modern decor.