Vital Care PT January 2018

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Clear Out Unneeded Goods If you’ve been in the same home for years or decades, you probably have more stuff than you need. Start by discarding anything that’s broken, damaged, or simply not getting any use. You should also make sure you’re not acting as a storage unit for friends or family members. If they don’t have the space for something, it shouldn’t be your job to hang on to it. Eliminating clutter will free up your space and allow you to treasure what you have. Move Into a House You Can Fill Once all of your children have left the nest, you’ll often find that you don’t need as many rooms. Selling your home and moving into one that isn’t half-empty will generate some extra cash and help you to live more efficiently. As an added bonus, you’ll often find that a cozier home increases happiness. The less time you have to spend on home maintenance, the more you can devote to the activities you love. Change Your Mindset Too often, we suffer from the urge to “keep up with the Joneses.” If our

As you approach retirement, it’s important to make sure your lifestyle is tailored to fit the end of your working life. This concept, known as “rightsizing,” can make your savings last longer, which provides you with the freedom to enjoy your later years. Kathy Gottberg, author of “Rightsizing: A Smart Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement,” defines the concept as “conscious choices for a better lifestyle that more closely fits your new needs in retirement.” The earlier you can begin rightsizing, the more prepared you’ll be for the days when you no longer have an income from work. For most of us, what really matters when we retire is spending time with loved ones and having memorable experiences. Nobody’s greatest regret is not having enough stuff. With that in mind, here are a few tips that will prepare you for a fruitful and fulfilling retirement.

neighbor buys something, we want it too. But to really rightsize, you should resist the urge to meet other people’s standards.

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W ord on the S treet EILEEN AND MIKEL’S STORIES “When I arrived for my PT, I could not sit for long periods of time. My backside was stiff and sore, and I could not bend over very far. I would wake up with pain in my lower back and bottom side. Thanks to Andrea and Abby giving me the exercises to do at home — plus the exercises done at PT — I can now function 90 percent better in everyday life. They were patient and took the time to answer any questions. It was so very appreciated. Thanks!” –Eileen B. “All of your staff helped me after hip surgery. I became stronger and was able to return to work. Everyone was friendly and helpful in my rehabilitation. Thanks to all of you, and God bless your healing hands.” –Mikel B.

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