Staying independent and in control of one's life is a common desire as we age. How do *you* define independence?

Celebrating Independence Day — for Seniors

Karen Caccavo Living Independently

Recently, my Personal Money ManagerSM workweek included discussions with three of our clients.  At ages 68, 78, and 92, each of those clients has differing degrees of health and capacity.  But for them and many other seniors, the issue of how to maintain independence in a way that meets both their needs and those of their families dominates the discussion. …

Bonding with our possessions makes decluttering challenging

Possessions: Why Decluttering is So Challenging

Karen Caccavo decluttering, Possessions

A few years ago, I was asked to speak about decluttering and organizing.  As my audience took their seats, I offered a basket of letter openers bearing my company name, and invited them to help themselves.  Then I began my talk.  I mentioned the trap of freebies, suggesting that “a freebie isn’t really free.”  Once we take them home, they …

Cognitive Decline Can Force Couples to Change the Way They Handle Their Financial Paperwork

Papa’s Bank Account: Financial Organizing and Dementia

Karen Caccavo Cognitive Decline, Working with Clients

It was a typical assignment for me as a financial organizer—help a senior couple simplify their paperwork and household finances.  The husband had recently been diagnosed with dementia.  Now that she had to handle all of the work herself, the wife wanted to streamline the bill paying and more. The discussion over his stopping driving had already taken place before …

Should I stay or should I move

How to Decide: Should I Stay or Should I Move?

Karen Caccavo Home & Moving

Now that we have survived another Northeast winter, many of my senior clients are wondering, “Should I stay or should I move?”  They often ask me for my input as their trusted advisor (daily money manager/ financial organizer). Here are some ideas I share with people going through this decision-making process.  If you are a senior contemplating whether or not …

What I do as a financial organizer

My First 100 Days as Your Financial Organizer

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Working with Clients

I’m often asked what I do as a financial organizer / daily money manager.  (Understand, first, that I am not a financial planner or advisor; I don’t work with your investments.)  So what should you or a family member of yours expect from working with me?  What is my role? In short:  to gain, or re-gain, control of their financial …

I have too many books. What should I do?

“What Should I Do With All The Books?”

Karen Caccavo Books, decluttering, Financial Organizing

I grew up in a home full of books.  My parents —  avid collectors — took us to book fairs the way other kids are taken to the zoo. But my real education in the book world occurred when my mother moved into assisted living and eventually passed away, leaving thousands of books behind.  I was left to figure out …

Assistance from a daily money manager can help seniors remain independent as they age.

What is a Daily Money Manager … and Why You Need to Know!

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers

Late payment notices, overdraft fees, missed deadlines, confusing medical bills–you don’t have to be a senior to encounter these unwelcome surprises in your mailbox.  While keeping up with paperwork is something people of all ages must do, it can be especially overwhelming for seniors and the disabled.  A trusted family member or friend can help, but people often do not …

Paper-organizing is a big challenge. Here are tips for overcoming five of these challenges.

5 Paper-Organizing Challenges … and How to Overcome Them

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing

In my 10 years of financial organizing / daily money management, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to people’s attempts at paper-organizing.   Here are the top paper-organizing challenges that have tripped up my clients, and the solutions I have shared with them and helped them implement: One of the first questions I ask …

After sorting and filing with my financial organizing clients, a few irreplaceable items often emerge that need special handling. The solution: a fire-resistent, waterproff locked box at home or ... a bank safe deposit box.

The Ins and Outs of a Safe Deposit Box

Karen Caccavo Important Documents

After sorting, shredding and filing with my financial organizing / daily money management clients, a few irreplaceable items often emerge that need special handling.  The solution: A fire-resistant, waterproof locked box at home or  . . . a bank safe deposit box. Sometimes a client already has a bank safe deposit box.  It’s a question I always ask.  Because if …