Divide Possessions Without Dividing the Family

Vintage photo of a mom cooking over stove

Mom’s Saucepan, Dad’s Shoe Trees

How can adult children divide their parents’ possessions without dividing the family?

I was lucky when I was dismantling my mother’s New Jersey apartment. My sister lived in San Francisco at the time and knew shipping anything to her would be prohibitively expensive. My brother and his wife felt they had enough stuff of their own and didn’t want more. So I could take what I wanted without the risk of fracturing family relationships over an old plate or pot or knickknack.

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Severe Allergy Season Predicted–Know the Adverse Effects of Taking Allergy Medication

Know the adverse effects of taking allergy medications

Due to all the wet weather we experienced this winter, NJ poison experts at NJPIES are expecting this spring to be one of the worst allergy seasons in history. Allergy sufferers know the symptoms—sneezing, watery itchy eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, etc. This has led sufferers to go to their local pharmacies/supermarkets to seek medication to relieve the discomfort associated with allergies. NJ Poison experts encourage consumers of all ages, young and old alike, to exercise caution when taking allergy medications. There is a common misconception that non-prescription (over-the-counter/OTC) medications are not dangerous because they are sold without a prescription. Such medications may, in fact, produce serious side effects, which may cause harm to those taking them.

Adverse Effects of Allergy Medications

The poison experts want to raise awareness about the potential effects from OTC and prescription allergy medications. Adverse effects range from agitation to drowsiness and/or stomach upset to liver damage.

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Women’s Caregiver Retreat

2014 Women's Caregiver Retreat

2014 Women’s Caregiver Retreat

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, the Family Support Center of NJ, NJ Department of Health, American Heart Association, and American Stroke Association present the 10th Annual Women’s Caregiver Retreat.

The event will include dynamic speakers, health screenings, exhibitors, relaxation techniques, a cooking demo, a healthy lunch, yoga, zumba, and more. It will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center in Mercerville, NJ.

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Save Money and Support SAGE Eldercare

Shop online to support SAGE EldercareWhether you’re planning to see a Broadway show, send personalized gifts or cards, donate a vehicle, or use a search engine, you can support SAGE Eldercare (#celebrateSAGE) when you purchase items or use the services from the following websites.

Here’s where you can get these types of items and support SAGE at the same time:

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. Once you select SAGE Eldercare as your charity, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to SAGE. Go to AmazonSmile to get started! [Read more...]

Thoughts on Moving Mom and Lessons Learned

Moving Mom to Nursing HomeOn the scale of life stressors, moving is right up there. And moving someone else and her stuff might even be more stressful than moving your own.

I speak from experience. In the past three years, I’ve moved my mother and her belongings twice. First I had to clear everything out of her two-bedroom apartment (where she had lived for 30 years—and had the accumulation to prove it) to relocate her to a one-bedroom assisted-living apartment. I sold, donated, and threw out astounding amounts of household goods.

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House for Sale: 2209 Princeton Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ

2209 Princeton Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ2209 Princeton Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ


This charming ranch home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The entry hall with coat closet leads into the bright, spacious living room, featuring a triple window. The sunny double window in the eat-in kitchen creates the perfect spot for your table. Down the hall, three bedrooms and updated bath offer a nice separation of public and private spaces. Downstairs a full, dry basement houses the utility area, laundry, spacious storage, and currently an exercise area. It is the perfect opportunity for equity-building build-outs. [Read more...]

Luxury Home for Sale: 202 Golf Edge Westfield NJ

House for Sale 202 Golf Edge Westfield NJ

UPDATE: Contract Pending

House for Sale: 202 Golf Edge Drive, Westfield, NJ


6 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths

First Floor

Center hall Colonial with arched, paneled entry door. Two-story foyer with chandelier, two coat closets, and medallion inlay in hardwood floor.

Large living room (15 x 13) has a bay window, gas fireplace, French door to solarium, and it opens to the great room and foyer.

Formal dining room (15 x 13) has a bay window, chandelier, recessed lights, and opens to foyer and kitchen.

Kitchen (19 x 17) has a hardwood floor, cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, tumbled tile backsplash, large island with Tiffany chandeliers above island, eating area, stainless steel Viking appliances, hooded Broan exhaust fan over stove, oversized stainless steel sink, pantry, and it opens to great room with French doors to patio/outside entertaining area.
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Activities to Do With Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer’s Dementia

Book on Activities for Alzheimer's DementiaAuthor Judith A. Levy, EdM, OTR, recently released the book Activities to Do with Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer’s Dementia. In the book, she draws from her past work experience as an occupational therapist and her current role as a child of a parent with Alzheimer’s dementia, to provide a selection of user-friendly activities that can help maintain a parent’s self-care skills, mobility, and socialization. She claims these tasks will encourage success and feelings of self-worth and offer imaginative ways to interact with someone with Alzheimer’s dementia.

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Westfield Historical Society Photo Contest

Budding Tree in Westfield NJ

It’s New Jersey’s 350th anniversary in 2014. To honor this event, the Westfield Historical Society is sponsoring a photo content for Westfield residents. To participate, snap high-resolution photos of “fascinating and beautiful” things about our state. (Photos must be taken in 2014.) You can submit photos in the following five categories:

  1. Nature
  2. People
  3. Events
  4. Building & Monuments
  5. NJ Miscellaneous

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Luxury Home for Sale: 255 Munsee Way, Westfield NJ

House for Sale: 255 Munsee Way Westfield NJ 07090$2,250,000

255 Munsee Way, Westfield, NJ

4 bedrooms, 6.5 baths

Recognized for its stately mansions set along tree-lined streets, the Indian Forest section of Westfield recalls an earlier age when grace and elegance were proud architectural hallmarks. Here, a 1939 Georgian Colonial of whitewashed brick capped by a slate roof – one of the original jewels in this most desired town and neighborhood – displays high levels of grandeur as well as a warm, welcoming spirit. The splendor of this wonderfully restored home is enhanced by the professionally landscaped setting and a natural pond-style swimming pool and spa for leisure and recreation.

Exquisite craftsmanship and luxury appointments abound in this incomparable residence, a stunning profusion of charm, sophistication and modern technology. A spacious, sunlit floor plan creates a memorable backdrop for entertaining in generously scaled rooms featuring elaborate moldings and a plethora of one-of-a-kind details.

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