Tis the season, fa la la la la! Is it the most wonderful time of the year? For older adults, it may not be. Unfortunately, for many seniors, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year. Perhaps they are grieving or their children now live out of town. Sometimes there are financial reasons. Buying gifts, food and everything else on a fixed income can create stress, leaving some seniors feeling overextended. Let’s celebrate older adults, give them recognition when you see them, eye contact, and a friendly, “seasons greetings” or “Merry Christmas” is appreciated. A phone call on Christmas and your time is the best gift of all. From my home to yours wishing you a peaceful Christmas and holiday season filled with peace, love, and gratitude.

Are you a snowbird, thinking of becoming one, looking to escape our winters for your dream getaway- permanently or part-time?
If not planned properly your dream getaway could be a nightmare! What you need to know before you jump the pond!
Hello everyone welcome to AT THE ISLAND WITH HELM, I’m Janet HELM, your Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) and rightsizing guide! Lately, I’m getting more requests for living options ideal for older adults outside of Canada! There are so many destinations to consider and paramount information and rules you need to understand and be aware of.
HELM’s 55 and BETTER specialized rightsizing services include guiding older adults to discover the ideal retirement homes outside of Canada that are safe, and easy to navigate. There are so many destinations to consider! How to start? Start with a personalized one-on-one consultation, so we can truly understand your unique needs. Once HELM understands your specific needs, we do the research for you, and custom design a complete guide, which includes connecting you with like-minded Realtors hand-selected by me, as well as legal and trusted professionals and resources to ensure you receive the same exceptional service you’ve come to expect from HELM!
Are you ready to escape Canadian winters, find a cottage by the sea, pied-à-terre in New York or Paris,

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Scams: Tips and Resources to Avoid Being Targeted

'Tis the season for holiday scams! Fraudsters are looking to take advantage of the increased activity, shopping, and stress of the festive season. Seniors are targeted more frequently because they tend to be home, answer the phone and door, and are perceived to have more readily available money. Fraudsters play off these vulnerabilities. Fraud with Seniors tends not to get reported as they may feel ashamed, or fear others will think they cannot care for themselves. As my mom always said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Yet scams these days are so slick and very sophisticated that it is easy to get fooled. Also, many victims are not aware of support resources or do not know how to access them. Below are a few common scams targeting older adults in our communities as noted by the Office of The Seniors Advocate  and links to resources about common scams and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

“You may receive messages claiming to be from a recognizable source (e.g. financial institution, telecommunications company, service provider, shipping company) asking you to submit or confirm your information.

If you are looking to purchase a new cellphone this holiday season, don't fall for an incoming call claiming to be from your service provider. Always find the official phone number for your service provider and make the outgoing call.

During the season of giving, make sure your donations are going to the right places. Charity/donation scams involve any false, deceptive, misleading, or fraudulent solicitation for a donation to a charity, association, federation, or religious cause. Refuse high-pressure requests for donations, ask for written information about the charity, and do your own research.

Remember to always ask the solicitor for the charitable tax number and confirm their registration with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or by phone at 1-800-267-2384.

The Government of Canada has a prevention list. 

the BC Law Insitute is a valuable resource for fraud prevention legal information concerning older adults.

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is another valuable resource for fraud prevention.

Our local senior centres also provide information sessions, check out their monthly calendars.

Ensure the older adults in our lives are aware of frauds that target them. Encourage them to speak up and report fraud to you and the authorities. Together let’s protect our older adults.

The photo is from the Office of the Seniors Advocate Facebook page


Senior Living Options

Managing and navigating the process of rightsizing can often be challenging, whether you are relocating or assisting an older adult in moving. Are you contemplating your housing options? Keep in mind that new beginnings can be wonderful, yet they can also be frightening and overwhelming.

Feeling uncertain about what comes next? HELM’s 55 AND BETTER system can assist you in identifying your position in the transition and guide you with clarity and ease. How does it work? Simply say YES, and the rest is up to us! Give us a call at 604-730-2600.

We will arrange a casual conversation, share resources, and provide you with peace of mind. You'll be eager and ready to plan your next steps with confidence.

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