Here's an overview of this week's 3 hour homeowner radio broadcast
Outdoor Living Hour: Talking Trees
On the House Hour: Aging | Ready or Not, It Will Happen!
This article is part of a weekly series that will help each of us plan for a life of our choosing as we age. With the advancement of medical care and the resultant longer average life span there is a question that bears asking for many of us- how do we want to live out our retirement years? A key component for most people is that they would like to be as active, independent, and self-sufficient; as much as they can, as comfortably as they can and for as long as they can. The independence component of aging contributes to maintaining a sense of dignity...
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SavATree ISA Certified Arborist Sarah Maitland and Horticulturist, Arborist, Maricopa County Cooporative Extension Rebecca Senior.
Tree Of The Month: The Canary Island Date Palm. Started growing at the turn of the century by weathy Europeans for its stature. Slow growing, wide span.
Male palm produces flowers for the pollen. Female palm have the female flowers producing the fruit. If the palm has no fruit, its a male.
Places to see Canary Date Palms: Desert Ridge Marketplace, University Of Arizona Arboritum, Arizona Capital Building.
Differences between the male and female Canary Date Palm. Why the male is likely the palm of choice.
Discussion of the Palo Verde Beetle. Out and about during monsoon season burrowing out of the palo verde tree roots to begin mating. How to tell the difference between the male and female.
Discussion of tree trimming for monsoon storm preparation.
TEXT: Allowed a neighbor to cut a branch of an Australian Bottle Tree hanging over the neighbor's yard leaving it loopsided. Can the tree be reshaped, trimmed or left as is so it doesn't blow over in the wind.
Sarah explains getting a tree properly pruned for storms is to reduce end weight. Reducing end limb weight reduces the risk of a tree being blown over.
Watering tree tips when monsoon rains aren't falling on them.
CALLER: Are there any vines to grow on a west facing stucco wall to cool the space down?
CALLER (not aired): Can they take their own saguaro cactus down? Does it need tagging?
Discussion on aging. In particular, assessing a property/home to bring aging parents or college graduate kids not quite ready to be on their own. There are challenges. But with purposeful planning, it doesn't have to be scary.
Even at retirement age of 65-67, life expectancy is much longer that 90 years ago. We spell out the numbers.
Figuring out the cost of level of care versus remodeling to keep them at home.
BOOK: Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End by Atul Gawande.
Today's world as we age, we want to live independently as long as we can.
A Listener e-mail about a couple in their 50's planning a bathroom remodel with aging in mind. Point being making decisions now that you'll appreciate later.
Planning ahead for major life changes, knowing family directives will create less strees in the future.
Rosie's story of he and Jennifer updating family trusts and wills before his accident. Point being husbands and wives planning legal/wishes together to not leave each other in the dark.
Jennifer reads a letter that reminds us an eldery person 'is like a child just like you were'.
CALLER: Joyce comments on aging. Turning 75 doesn't mean anything but explains how she says 'she can do it all but can't do it all'. Her homeower question is the drywell is not draining in the leech pit.
Technology has made the elderly dependent on the younger generation.
Discussion of the advantage of a medical alert device. Rosie tells the story of client who had an aging parent who didn't want to wear one.
The dignity factor. Staying connected whether it be in a family home or care facility.
Grandparents love family pictures. Rosie talks about what Shutterfly has done in coordinating and sharing family pictures.
Jennifer explains aging simulation exercises that was part of her Aging In Place certification.
Overview of Rosie On The House. The NUMBER 1 REFERRAL NETWORK IN ARIZONA! Including how a customer who used a Rosie Certified Partner saved a lot of money.
CALLER: Looking to replace the carpet in the bedrooms and perhaps leaving or taking the tile floor out. Can they overlay a new floor over the tile or take it completely out?
CALLER (not air): Has a friend running an evap cooler and air conditioning unit at the same time. Its uncomfortable and hot. Rosie explains the reason why its happening.
CALLER: Has a block home built in the 1960s. Has a bedroom and storage area that gets hot. Heard us talk about insulation for block homes in the past and wants information and possible cost.
CALLER (not air): Question about mini-split air conditioning. Is it worth the cost? And do I have to insulate my garage?
'Weekly To Do' on Surge & Lightning Strike Protection. Bob Ross of Rosie Certified Lightning Busters explain how his Whole Home Surge Protection installed at the utility box will keep electrical surges from entering the home. And lightning protection to guard against strikes.
TEXT: Issue with a neighbor's trees on the property line. They are not maintained leaving a mess in their yard and its a haven for pigeons. Before you do anything to the tree's, we explain 'Tree Law'
Takeaways From Today's Show