Toni Patillo – Santa Monica and Palisades Real Estate Agent

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Safely Assisting An Aging Loved One Up After A Fall

Let me be clear here. You should only attempt to help an aging adult up if they have NOT been injured.   In the event they have been hurt, call 911 immediately. That being said, let’s assume they have NOT been injured, to all my loving caregivers I say BEWARE. In this challenging situation you must take care that they, or you, are not injured during the process of helping them to their feet.

Below are some general guidelines that can help keep both you and your loved one safe and injury free.

Steps for Helping An Aging Loved One After A...

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Are Your Aging Parents Keeping Secrets?

That doesn’t sound so bad, right? I mean your aging parents have certainly earned their privacy. Why not let them keep a few harmless secrets?   Well what if it’s a secret regarding their health or how they’re being treated? You could be operating under a completely false assumption that everything’s fine. Maybe you won’t uncover the truth until the real damage has already been done.

Sometimes an aging family member will feel their independence slipping away. Maybe they fear their loved ones reaction. Perhaps they’re just embarrassed. You won’t know the answer until you sit down and have a frank discussion.

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Keep Your Aging Loved One Connected: Technology in the Above 50 Market

Why, why, why do I push technology on you and your aging loved ones? Well, the fact is that staying connected can provide a much higher quality of life for those in the above 50 aging market.  Think about it. What if he or she had access to pre-loaded apps for diet and exercise monitoring or alerts for taking their medication? Would that improve their health? How about social media? Do you think that they might feel more connected to family members when they can see pictures and trade messages with them?

The truth is that our population is getting older...

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Practical Eldercare Home Safety Tips

When was the last time you took a good look at your elder loved ones home? If it’s been a while, I want you to imagine what it’s like for him and/or her to spend 60% – 70% of their day navigating their home in it’s current state. Do you see the pitfalls? Can you recognize the potential dangers? 90% of older Americans want to age in place, but that means staying vigilant. There are many changes eldercare professionals whom I work with recommend to create a safer environment in your loved ones home. They range from no cost to...

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Eldercare and Legal Issues of an Incapacitated Loved One

This is a tough one. It breaks my heart when I see families unable to come to grips with the incapacity of a loved one. I really feel for them. I’ve been through it. Eldercare and legal issues can be overwhelming especially when you don’t want to believe incapacity is happening to someone you love. Unfortunately, inaction can be costly.

First thing I recommend is to gather your family members together and have a conversation. Discuss what a diagnosis of onset dementia or Alzheimer’s might look like for everyone involved. Convince the potentially afflicted loved one that it’s time to consult...

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Don’t Lose Your Senses As You Age, We Only Have 5 of Them

Well it’s happening, I’m seeing signs of my age… and I don’t like it. Of course, who does? But the reality is that nature has a very effective way of reminding us. Our senses dull, pun intended. We only have 5 senses and the order in which they go depends largely on genetics, but also on the life we’ve led. For example, let’s say you are (or were) a construction worker for the city.   What do you suspect would be the first sense to go? It might be your hearing, especially if you’re working a lot outside with heavy machinery.

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Dementia: The Plague of the Above 50 Market

The Plague… sounds dramatic doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this is no joke. Nearly 50 million people globally are living with some form of dementia.   4 out of 5 of these victims have Alzheimer’s and the cost of caring for just one of them is estimated at $60,000 per year. Do I have your attention?

As a Real Estate professional specializing in the Above 50 market, I am keenly aware of the burden families and friends must carry for their loved ones. I have spent quite a lot of my time coaching, assisting, recommending...

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Hacking Real Estate Agents & Their Clients: The Perfect Crime

All right here we go, the topic no one wants to talk about yet it terrifies everyone.   I’m talking about digital identity fraud. It’s a crime that’s difficult to detect, perpetrated by criminals who are rarely caught and it can be devastating to the victim.   So what can we do? How can we defend ourselves from criminals looking to virtually dip into our pockets via our emails, bank accounts and other safe-havens?

The first thing is to understand the nature of the crime.   Let’s start with how the horrid hackers enter our digital world.

Phishing – Have you ever gotten an urgent...

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What I Just Taught A Room Full Of Realtors About The Above 50 Market

I just finished teaching my 2-day SRES Designation course for the National Association of Realtors and let me tell you the room was hopping.   Amazing energy was abound! Questions were followed by information, followed by big smiles and it never stopped. I’m serious, from the moment we started to the moment we said our goodbyes; the atmosphere was perfect for learning.

Now unfortunately I can’t recount the whole class here; although I’d like to, but I can give some highlights. On the 1st day of the course, I had the realtors fill out a sheet with...

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6433 Springpark Avenue – Los Angeles

First time on the market in 43 years. Well maintained, original Ladera custom ranch home. This is the ultimate of classic living, old Los Angeles – Trousdale Estates charm. The elegant 5 bedrooms, 4 baths is uniquely designed with 2 atrium’s.

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