ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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“We have helped with packing and moving things into homes,” Kelley said. “The only things we do not do are house cleaning and staying overnight.”


While the Sloanes accept onetime service requests, they pride themselves on developing lasting relationships and friendships with their clients.


“It is a service a lot of people need, so it’s nice to be able to help them,” said Kelley. “It’s fun and I love getting to know and build wonderful relationships with these folks.”


For more information or to book a job, call (859) 219-9207 or send an email to info@letusdothat.com. You can also visit the company’s Web site at www.LetUsDoThat.com.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the length of your to-do list, perhaps you should call Let Us Do That, a personal assistant service based in Lexington. The name of the company describes how it works quite well: You call, describe the chore you need done and they do it.


Kelley and Susan Sloane, the sisters who founded and run the company, are both experienced personal assistants. Kelley spent 27 years in information technology and marketing before retiring from the corporate world. Susan became a touring tennis professional at age 15 and was ranked 19th in the world after just four years on the tour. She is now a successful real estate agent in Lexington.


Many of the Sloanes’ customers are seniors or people with health issues who can no longer drive and need transportation to various destinations. They may also need someone to accompany them to medical appointments and stay with them during the visit to be sure they understand the doctor’s instructions and get the paperwork sorted out correctly. Other clients want assistance with errands, grocery shopping, vacation home care and general help at home. If you’re returning home after surgery or hospitalization, it can help to have an extra set of hands and feet to take care of everyday tasks. All of these are situations where Let Us Do That can step in and take care of things.


Like many entrepreneurs, Kelley saw a need and decided to fill it.

PERSONAL SERVICE LENDS A HELPING HAND

“I was thinking about the mostly senior people who are at home and living independently these days,” Kelley said. “My first client was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s. She was living by herself but needed help with home administration. We really benefit the children or other caregivers because it takes the pressure off them.”


Kelley’s tech background often comes in handy. She can help clients set up computers and cell phones or even take over business projects.


“One client was a husband and wife with their own business who needed some extra help putting binders together and managing spreadsheets,” Kelley said. “I could do it because of my technical background.”


Services are customized based on need. Fees range from $20 an hour for round-trip transportation to an appointment to $40 an hour for complex activities such as organizing and running a garage sale. When Let Us Do That goes grocery shopping for you ($25 an hour), they bring the items to your home and put them away. They also walk pets. One hour is the minimum per service and the fully insured company is very versatile.

MARTHA EVANS SPARKS & JAMIE LOBER

Martha Evans Sparks and Jamie Lober are Staff Writers for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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