Address Change Checklist

Even in this virtual world, we still have to update our address when we move. This printable list of possible address changes will keep you organized as you complete your move preparation.

Step 1: Buy Mail Forwarding by Canada Post product_mail_forwarding_img_lg

Purchase Mail Forwarding at least a month before moving. You can buy  4 months of forwarding for $67.55. Mail Forwarding ensures tax receipts, government forms, bank statements and bills don’t go astray right after you move.
You can even buy it for another person (including a deceased person)
. You can buy it in a post office or online. Find out more on Canada Post website.

Step 2: Use a Checklist

Keep track of the businesses and people you need to contact to update your address.

Open the Printable Address Change Checklist


Address Change Checklist

  • Family members
  • Bank(s) and other financial institutions
  • Credit card companies
  • CRA
  • Driver’s license/Health Services card
  • Pension providers: Government, military, private
  • Friends
  • Doctor(s)
  • Dentist(s)
  • Pharmacy and pharmacist
  • Optometrist
  • Lawyer(s)
  • Hospital
  • Alarm system company
  • Computer service
  • Magazines/newspapers (by mail)
  • Charities (because of tax receipts)
  • Funeral home (if pre-planned)
  • BCAA
  • Clubs/organizations
  • Timeshare company(ies)
  • Trustees
  • Power of attorney
  • Whoever holds your Will
  • Veterans Affairs
  • ICBC and private car insurance
  • House insurance
  • Telus, Shaw, BC Hydro, Oil, Gas
  • Volunteer groups
  • Health care plan(s) – i.e. Blue Cross
  • Health research program

Home Delivery:

  • Prescriptions
  • Newspaper
  • Meals
  • Groceries

Open the Printable Address Change Checklist

Visualize Your Way to a Successful Move Day

By Anney Ardiel, Certified Professional Consultant on Aging and owner of Act Together Moving Services

If you are struggling to face a coming move and dreading the future in your new home, visualization exercises can help you stop imagining the worst and start focusing on the outcome you desire: a smooth, stress-free move.

Why Visualization Can Help

moving-truckAlthough experts say one of the best ways to achieve what you want for a future outcome is to use visualization techniques, I rarely meet anyone who is visualizing in a positive way about moving. Most people shudder in horror and try not to think about it until absolutely forced into facing the reality of moving and especially downsizing.   

The amazing thing about visualization is that as we imagine the desired outcome mentally and savour it with all of our brain4senses, our brain begins to build neurological pathways towards those outcomes.  Visualization can lead to an outcome that reflects your mental images, whether they are positive or negative. 

Step One: Outcome Visualization
Why not take control of the outcome by creating positive images of the future you desire?

2013-01-18-16-01-23Find a quiet place to sit for a few minutes. Imagine yourself walking in the door to your new place. Imagine that your move went very smoothly and finished ahead of schedule so you feel hugely relieved. 

Now spend a few seconds on each though as you close your eyes and take calming breaths:

  • Smell how clean and fresh the air is in your new place
  • Hear pleasant music playing on your stereo and hear two friendly neighbours saying hello.
  • Feel your daughter’s/friend’s warm hug as she greets you to your new home.
  • Hear the love in her voice when she praises how well you managed, how lovely your furniture looks and how nicely everything fits.
  • Look around. Yes, she’s right! The place looks (fill in your desired outcome: elegant, cosy, spacious, warm, cool, tasteful, familiar, new, etc. ).
  • Sip the cup of tea she made in your organized kitchen. It’s just the way you like it, warm and soothing. Notice she had no trouble finding the tea bags, tea pot and mugs because everything is exactly where it should be.
  • Go lie down on your freshly made bed and take a nap, you deserve it!

These mental images will not appeal to everyone so you’ll have to create your own list of wonderful, motivating mental images to focus on during your visualization exercises. If you need help at first, ask a friend to sit with you and read you the list one at a time, pausing to give you time to visualize each mental image.

Step Two: Process Visualization

keepcalmchillout-72x150Once you have practiced the Outcome Visualization technique enough to have a very clear image of how you want your moving day to go, you can also use Process Visualization to help you stay focused and motivated through the tough pre-move work. This exercise helps you envision a future outcome where all the hard work of moving gets done on time, extremely well, the way you want it.

Imagine you are standing in the main room of your home, preparing for move day. You’ve still got lots of time to get all the move preparation done so you feel calm. Now spend a few seconds on each though as you close your eyes and take calming breaths:

  • See all the treasures and curios you’ve collected over the years on your travels and from loved ones. Let your eyes savour the bounty of your past.
  • Imagine yourself sitting down in your favorite comfortable chair, holding a pen and notepad. Feel the pen glide across the paper as you write down a list of the things you will take to your new place. At first it’s hard for you to make decisions but soon your list marches down the page.
  • Now imagine yourself picking up the phone and speaking to someone in your family or community. Hear yourself offering to give them an item (dining room table? Lawn mower?) you can’t keep yourself. You can hear in their voice how excited they are that you’ve offered them such a wonderful gift. Hear them ask you when can they come pick it up.
  • Pick up the floor plan for your new place that has your furniture drawn to scale and hold it in your hands.blueJay_v1.10.1 It’s marvelous how everything is going to fit so nicely with plenty of room to maneuver.
  • Walk into the other room and run your hand along the stacks of boxes that have been packed with books, clothes, pictures and all the household stuff you are keeping. Read the labels on each box. The stack of boxes is orderly and ready to move.
  • Hear the admiration your daughter’s/friend’s voice as she exclaims over all the hard work you’ve done. You thank her for all the help she gave you with sorting your clothes and running moving errands for you. Give her a big hug!
  • Take a deep breath and smell that wonderful odor of clean. How smart of you to hire a cleaning company so your move out cleaning is all taken care of by professionals.


Again, this list is a starting place for you. Customize your own list of images that evoke the best possible outcome so you counter every fear with positive images.

There Will Be Bumps on the Road

couple-smallRe-calibrate Regularly

As you encounter obstacles along the way such as negative people warning you about horrible moving disasters, or if you’re feeling down after a setback, re-calibrate your visualization by running through these exercises again. Feel free to add new images to your list as they occur to you.

Get Support

It’s also a good idea to share your vision of the desired outcomes you have for your move. If your friends share your vision then they will support you and encourage you to stay on track with your goals.

 

Moving With Dementia

Ting and I attended a very informative training this week put on by the Alzheimer Society. dementia_friendsWe found out the number of people who live with dementia in BC is over 70,000 and the risk for dementia doubles every five years after age 65.

Since our clientele is generally 75-105 years old, we need to recognize the signs of dementia and incorporate special techniques into our moving services to maximize the health and safety of our clients. We also need to use our experience and training to help family members avoid common pitfalls during the move.

about-promo-involveThe changes caused by moving from a familiar home to brand new surroundings can be terribly disorienting for anyone, much less for a person with memory loss and challenges with problem-solving.
If you’re facing this situation, this article from the Mayo Clinic offers great advice on how to prepare for a loved one’s move.

We wholeheartedly agree with all of the ideas in this article. Most importantly, when moving a person with dementia, special care and attention should be taken to prepare for the move, coordinate the move itself, and follow-up during the first few months after the move so that the transition can be as safe, healthy and low-stress as possible.

Resources:

Alzheimer’s: Smoothing the transition on moving day

Alzheimer Society of BC


We Can Help

In our community, many elderly people do not have family members living nearby who can take these extra steps to make the transition as comfortable as possible for them. The good new is, we can help. We can also provide support to caregivers who need an extra set of hands on move day, advice on how to set up the new home, or we can get rid of things that can’t fit into the new home. Give us a call to find out more.

Act Together Moving Services

Linen Closets: An Endangered Species

2014-11-07 15.39.42One of the strangest things about retirement residences is that they don’t all have linen closets in their suites. At first glance it makes sense that they are left out, after all, a person living in a place with weekly linen service would only need two, maybe three sets of sheets and a few towels, so why would you need a linen closet right? Think again!

Not only are linen closets a classic hiding place for extra toilet paper, household supplies and knick-nacks, they are also a tradition. A household fixture. Although linen closets are typically cluttered and disorganized, most of the elderly clients we move expect they will have one in their new place. Sadly, at least 75% of the suites we move clients into do not.

With that in mind, we have developed 5 tips to keep linens in their proper place.

  1. It’s time to pare down: Choose two or three sets of your most comfortable, nicest sheets and towels, and donate or dispose of the rest. If sheets are not torn or stained, most charity shops will be glad to receive them. In Victoria, Anney’s Closet is always in need of twin, double or queen sized sets in good shape.
  2. Evaluate your table cloths: Will you still use them? Do you find it difficult to wash, fold and iron them? Now might be the time to gift them, sell them or donate them.
  3. Pillow talk: extra pillows take up valuable space in small spaces. Perhaps you can pick out two of the very nicest, most comfortable pillows you have and re-purpose the rest. Good Housekeeping Magazine says if you can fold your pillow in half, it’s time for a new pillow! Read more about how to know when it’s time for a new pillow here.
  4. Knick-nacks need a home: You’ll need a place for all those loose odds and ends, such as light bulbs (keep one or two for emergencies), air fresheners, dust cloths, spare picture hooks, tape, etc. A few small but sturdy baskets from the Dollar Store will keep those small items tidy on a shelf in your clothes closet or under the sink.
  5. Don’t keep it together: It might be time for a new approach to storing linens. Consider keeping your towels in the bathroom cupboard or shelf and your linens in your bedroom closet. You might find it strange to split everything up at first, but having a fresh towel at your fingertips in the bathroom can really come in handy. This way you can utilize your storage spaces more efficiently and streamline your life at the same time.

Aging In Victoria Seminars

Anney-small“I had no idea.” I hear that over and over when helping clients and their families to navigate the dizzying senior housing options in Victoria.

And it doesn’t stop with housing. As my clients get older, it becomes harder for them to cope with the health system. Ask any senior who is trying to find a GP that is accepting new patients…it seems impossible.

That’s why I’ve teamed up other experts to put on free seminars over the next two weeks. The seminars range in topic from hidden costs that hit seniors, to housing options and aging in place, to healthy aging strategies.

The format we will follow is a collaborative panel discussion, followed by questions and input from the audience. We are there to share what we have learned from years of working in our respective industries, and also to learn from people who are navigating through their retirement.

These seminars are free, and include delicious refreshments!

I hope you can join us to learn and share.


Seminar 1: Making a Financial Plan

Our panel will discuss the various costs facing the elderly, ranging from housing, health care, aging in place and more.

Saturday, April 25th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: The Kensington 3965 Shelbourne St Victoria

Panel: Barbra Hopkins (Sun Life Financial)Nolan Adam (Sands Funeral Chapel) & Farhan Kanji (Heart Pharmacy).

Seating is limited. Call The Kensington today to reserve your spot! 250-477-1232


Seminar 2: Senior Housing Options

Our panel will discuss topics ranging from real estate, retirement housing options, VIHA (Island Health) and more.

Thursday, April 30th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: The Kensington 3965 Shelbourne St Victoria

Panel: Tony Joe (RE/MAX Camosun)Anney Ardiel (Act Together Moving Services).

Seating is limited. Call The Kensington today to reserve your spot! 250-477-1232


Seminar 3: Staying Healthy and Safe

Our panel will discuss safety at home, prescription management, exercise and nutrition and community resources.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: The Kensington 3965 Shelbourne St Victoria

Panel: Richard Major (Motion Specialties)Brecon Gage (Comfort Keepers) Farhan Kanji (Heart Pharmacy).

Seating is limited. Call The Kensington today to reserve your spot! 250-477-1232

The Golden Years…Because They Cost So Much?

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When David Bowie sang “Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years,” I have a pretty good hunch that he wasn’t referring to the period of life between the ages of 65 and 80+.

For most of us, the “golden years” refer to that period of retirement, when the kids have moved out, debts are paid off and careers have wound down. If you are in good shape financially, physically and mentally, your years past age 65 can indeed be golden.

These years can, however, can be far from golden for some. People can be at their most vulnerable in the following areas:
1. Health Concerns
senior-man-gym.jpgThese are the years when chronic illness, weight gain, reduced muscle mass, changes in hearing and eyesight, memory disorders and other health concerns rear their ugly heads. At the same time our body’s ability to self-repair becomes reduced as we age.
2. Money Matters
Most people rely on a fixed income after retirement, usually a combination of government pension (OAS/GIS, CPP), workplace pensions and RRSPs, and investment income.
The financial risks people face during the golden years include:
  • Will the value of their pensions and investments change?
  • As they age, will their income be able to cover the changing costs of housing, health care, and assistance required for the daily acts of living?
  • Will their financial reserves last long enough, or will they outlive their expected lifespan?
  • Will the death of a partner or spouse alter their financial situation?
  • Will they be able to leave behind something for the kids?
3. Housing Woes
Vulnerabilities in housing can overturn the apple cart of the golden years. Worries include:
Can I afford rising property taxes, maintenance and adaptations?
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I commonly hear of “house-poor” seniors who are just barely holding on to ownership of their house. Although rising property values will benefit them when it comes time to sell, if they want to remain living in their house they have to pay the rising taxes, keep up with repairs and pay for costly upgrades and adaptations to “age in place”.
Can I sell my condo? I hear the market is terrible.

In reality, condos can receive multiple offers if priced correctly and marketed well. The wise move is to get advice on real estate from experts before spiralling into worry based on rumours.
Rumours abound and everyone has a friend who says it’s impossible to sell in this market. What will happen if an individual needs to move into more appropriate housing due to health, but finds that their home sits on the market for months or years?
If I sell, can I find a nice place to rent?
If someone has owned their own house for many years the thought of renting can be off-putting. Sharing close quarters with neighbours, dealing with landlords and the many uncertainties of tenancy can be a real turn-off. And in many urban centres the amount of rental inventory in nice neighbourhoods is low.
The Golden Years come with some heavy stuff…and perhaps they’re not as golden as we’ve been led to believe.

Anney’s Closet on CBC

Anney’s Closet is a project that improves the lives of girls and women in Victoria by connecting people who have too much with people who have too little.beth n patty

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, we’ve created a “free store” in a storage locker kindly donated by West Shore U-Lock.

Girls and women who are referred to us from  advocates at our partner social service agencies have the opportunity to select items from Anney’s Closet that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Volunteers work to sort and arrange donated items in the Closet, build relationships with social agencies and the community,  and help the visitors pick out items for their new home.

I was interviewed this week by Jo-Ann Roberts on her show All Points West on CBC. It was a great chance to spread the word about this amazing project. Click here to listen to the interview.