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Top 5 Vintage Items That are Making a Comeback

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There are certain items that are simply timeless. They invoke a sense of nostalgia, and you can't help but smile when you see one of these authentic vintage pieces as you pass by an antique shop or run across one in a magazine. Many vintage pieces are becoming more and more popular today, as the appreciation for these unique items grows. Learn about our top five vintage items that are making a comeback in today's world.

Vinyl Records

Although it may seem easier to pop in your headphones and turn on your iPod, there's something special about placing a vinyl record in a record player and being transported to another time. Really establishing the mood, vinyl records have become increasingly popular with people of all ages in the last decade. From kids to older adults, there seems to be more and more enthusiasts getting entranced by the soulful sound of vinyl, complete with its imperfections. This has in turn developed a need for turntables, which are making their comeback as well.

Cozy Sofas

In the modern-day world, less seems to be more. Less design, less detail, less color. But plush sofas are having a moment. Velvet, cushy sofas are making their way back into more and more homes, as they prove to be more comfortable additions to the home. They not only provide a cozy space to talk and relax, they also add a bit of style to the room as well.

Classic Jukeboxes

We're not talking about the digital varieties that you see in some restaurants, but the classic versions with real records inside. Old-fashioned jukeboxes are making a comeback in many dining establishments across the country, bringing back the aura of simplicity, promoting good music and good company.

Stained Glass & Wallpaper

Stained glass is making a big comeback in the world of home and design, as it gives windows a bit of character, as opposed to the plain, contemporary designs of today. More and more homeowners are opting for stained glass to add a bit of life to the home, especially in these areas:

·       Kitchens

·       Bathrooms

·       Hallways

·       Foyers

 

Another trend that is starting to creep back into the home is patterned wallpaper. Not used all over the home, like it was before, but instead as an accent piece, patterned wallpaper gives the space a bit of color and style.

Old-Style Cameras

Film photography is also making a big comeback as well. More and more people want memories that are tangible, and are investing in actual cameras that take actual film, as opposed to the digital options that we see in the stores today. In fact, Polaroid released a new variety of camera just a few years ago that was well-received by the public.

Vintage Trends Never Go Out of Style

There's something special about these vintage items that bring with them a sense of uniqueness and simplicity. They may not be the latest technological breakthroughs, but they were built to last and built with care. So, the next time you run across a vintage piece, take a moment to appreciate where it came from and relish in its classic beauty. You never know what may make a comeback next!

How to Help Seniors With Technology

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We live in an incredible time. Being able to connect with someone face-to-face through the touch of a button, instantly sending messages using the sound of our voice and the feeling of being together when we're far apart make the benefits of technology hard to beat. With all of the new devices and programs in the industry today, it can be difficult to keep up, especially if you're not used to this new world. For seniors, technology can be an idea that's foreign and seemingly impossible to embrace. Here are our tips on how to help seniors with technology.

Step-By-Step Guidance

Since much of the technology that we use today wasn't available for most of a senior's life, the whole concept can appear alien, but with a little guidance, you can show them that technology is pretty remarkable. An effective way to help seniors grasp various aspects of technology is to lead them through it step-by-step. Introduce them to the different tech tools and programs, such as:

·       Laptops & computers

·       Smartphones

·       Tablets & iPads

·       Apps

·       Cameras

 

Let them see these tools in action. Take a moment to show them that there's nothing to be afraid of, starting slowly and building their knowledge as you go. Most of all, be there to answer any questions. Knowing that there's a resource there to teach them can mean a world of difference.

Tailoring Technology to Seniors

Often times, technology needs to be tailored to our individual needs at any age. Some seniors may have difficulty seeing or hearing and when it comes to tech devices, this can pose a problem. This can be fixed by changing the font size to a bigger option or the ringer to a louder volume. Making these simple fixes can help seniors adapt to technology with ease. There are also devices and resources on the market that are designed with seniors in mind. Taking a look into these options can be beneficial.

Keeping a Positive Outlook

Technology can be frustrating for anyone, not just seniors. As a whole, we're all learning new things as technology constantly evolves. Stay positive if you're helping someone who's not too familiar with technology as they figure it out. Remember, you had to learn it all once too. Take breaks, have fun and learn together. Find an app that you're both interested in and learn how to use it or try out your new camera together.

Technology is Important

As we continue to rely more and more on technology, it ends up being a big part of our everyday lives. Technology helps us stay connected and safe. It's important for seniors to be able to learn about technology and become more comfortable with it. You never know when it will come in handy. Take time together to learn and grow with the ever-changing trends in the world of technology. Not only will you become more knowledgeable, you'll have fun too.

 

 

 

Making Your Memorabilia a Gift, Not a Burden

When it comes to downsizing, either through want or necessity, the most challenging part is deciding what to do with all of the “belongings,” like furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, pictures (both those that hang on the walls and those that go in albums), and papers. And if these items belong to you, you probably want them to stay in the family.  While your relatives may never want all of your belongings, there are things you can do to make the transition out of your house and potentially into theirs go more smoothly.

1.     Don’t expect them to take everything of yours – Different people have different tastes, even if they are closely related. What may be incredibly valuable to you may hold no sentimental value to your relatives. No matter how many times you tell the story about a particular item, or how much they enjoy hearing the story, they still may not want it. Sometimes it’s a matter of physical space. If your only child has bought himself one of those tiny homes that are currently so popular, he won’t even take your teacup collection, let alone your baby grand piano. And that’s okay, it doesn’t mean he loves the story, the teacups, the piano, or you, any less.

2.     Don’t expect them to take what is theirs – My friend’s mom has boxes full of things that once belonged to her and her siblings. Several of them hold a comic book collection that has yet to be moved in with its rightful owner, despite the fact he hasn’t lived at home for 25 years. Others hold stuffed animals and games their mother kept from their childhood.  Contrary to what she thinks, the children are not going to take these items to their respective homes, even though they may have owned them at one point. If you are holding on to your children’s belongings with the assumption they will want them, don’t. Tell them what you have and on what date you will be getting rid of it. If they don’t come get it before then, they will never take it.

3.     Pare down your belongings to what matters most to you – More than one child has heard the dreaded phrase, “I’m just going to leave this all for you to sort through.” When someone is faced with a home that is full from top to bottom, everything loses its value, financial or sentimental. They just want everything gone. If you want your loved ones to keep items that are valuable and special to you, clear out the rest of the clutter so they can focus on the important things and appreciate their worth.

4.     Provide information about your mementos – Keeping a record of your special belongings may seem morbid, but it really isn’t. Writing down the sentimental or monetary values of certain items will ensure that they are appreciated to their fullest by others. Consider creating a book of your most valuable items with photos and information about each piece.

5.     Keep track of who wants what – One of your kids may have expressed particular interest in something of yours even when they were still a child or young adult. Maybe it conjures up memories for them, or they just always found it unique. If you have verbally promised it to them, make it official by putting it in writing or including it in your will. That way they will be free to enjoy it without having potentially uncomfortable discussions with their siblings or other relatives.

Hopefully some of these tips will help your loved ones appreciate some of your belongings as much as you do, and help you realize that their love for you is not diminished if they don’t welcome everything you cherish into their homes.