Grandma’s Nuts

I love being around older folks who’ve experienced life in a different way than I have. There’s so much to learn from them. What I have found in my work with seniors is their ability to just tell it like they see it. They are at a point in their lives where they’re way past being politically correct and have a certain honesty about them that can’t be found in folks my own age.

One of the most rewarding parts of my business is working with seniors. In fact, MOST of my clients are much older than me. For my clients who are my grandparents’ age, I take extra care to help them feel safe in their decisions and keep them well-informed about the process of (most of the time) selling the home they’ve lived in for most of their lives.

In honor of my favorite senior friends and clients, here’s a little story called “Grandma’s Nuts”, sent by my Aunt Linda in Florida:

Donny is out with his friend and stops by his grandmother’s house for a visit. There’s a bowl of peanuts on the coffee table. So Donny and his friend start snacking on them. When they’re ready to leave, his friend says, “Nice to meet you, ma’am and thank you for the peanuts.”  Then Grandma says, “You’re welcome. Eat all you want…ever since I lost my dentures, all I can do is suck the chocolate off ’em.”

Love it! This week on Tuesday January 24th at 11 a.m., I’ll be serving as a Panelist at the Acacia Creek Retirement Community at 34400 Mission Blvd. in Union City, CA. My topic is “In This Market Should I Sell My Home?” Seating is limited, so if you or someone you know is interested in attending, please call 510-441-3740 and ask for Mary Jane Hodges or email her at

Put Her in a Home!

Often I joke that if my Mother doesn’t behave, I’ll put her in a home when she gets old. An “old folks” home!

But really, that could be a reward for sassy behavior! There are a ton of “retirement” communities for active adults sprouting up all over the nation. Many of them are resort-type communities with lots of activities for their residents. The retirement age is widely understood to be 55, but tell me, how many 55-year olds feel or even appear “old”? Not many that we know.

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How many of us have a renewed interest in what to do with our aging parents because this holiday season has just passed? My mom seems to be getting a bit more out of her mind than usual. She actually behaved this year on Christmas Day when we gathered the family together at our home. It made me think that someone is seriously worng!

I freely write this online because Mom refuses to learn how to use the internet. “Old” is a state of mind. The constant quest to learn more in life is what ages us…

Question: What do you do if your parents never planned for their retirement?

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