Aging in Place

Nearly 80% of Americans age 50 and older say they want to remain in their current home and community for as long as possible, according to a recent AARP study. Of course, staying in your home as you get older—“aging in place” is the term of the moment—can involve some obstacles. You may have to consider renovating your home, for example, in order to improve accessibility if your mobility, or the mobility of a loved one, becomes restricted.

Questions you need to ask yourself

  • Do physical or mental limitations affect your ability to live at home? Are you able to get your health needs met at home?
  • Do you have family, friends, or organizations like church groups who will provide non-paid care for you? And are these informal caregivers able to provide the care you may require?
  • Do you have the money you will need to stay at home for in-home services? (Medicare provides limited short term home health care that is specific)
  • How well do you get around at home? Do stairs and the lack of a bathroom on the main floor affect your ability to remain home?
  • Can you afford the home modifications necessary to be able to move about your home as aging affects your physical abilities?
  • What kinds of community services are offered in your area and if they are not free can you afford the cost? (Many communities do not offer services.)
  • Are transportation services available?
  • Is there a senior center nearby?


8 Issues You Must Address if You Plan to Retire in Place

If you hope to remain in your current home, it helps to anticipate future needs.

It’s fun to imagine the possibilities for exciting and exotic, yet affordable places you can live after you retire. But most people don’t actually follow through with a move to a new place. According to an AARP study on aging in place, nearly 90 percent of people over 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, and 80 percent believe that their current residence is where they will always live.

Just as there are good reasons to move after you retire, there are several compelling reasons to stay right where you are. You may love your current home and have a strong emotional connection to it. Perhaps you want to remain close to your network of family, friends and support systems rather than start over with making new friends, learning a new area and finding new doctors and other service providers. If you are planning to start a business, you will need the network you have built up over many years. Sometimes moving is not financially feasible. Or perhaps it boils down to inertia and it’s easiest just to stay put. READ MORE

10 Home Renovations To Make Before You Retire

Retirement is on the horizon, and you’re thinking about relocating to another city. But before you sell your current house, you might want to consider remodeling parts of your home to increase its value.
See the best renovations that will put money back in your pocket when you retire.

  • Garage Door Replacement
  • Install Manufactured Stone Veneer
  • Deck Addition
  • Minor Kitchen Remodel
  • Siding Replacement
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Roof Replacement
  • Bathroom Addition
  • Major Kitchen Remodel
  • Master Suite Addition


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®
FOR SALE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista
3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

718 Allender Way Rio Vista
718 Allender Way Rio Vista

$539,999 – Gorgeous home, shows pride of ownership, and has been renovated since purchased. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths with all new flooring/baseboards, interior paint, light fixtures, etc. The kitchen has newly painted cabinets with quartz countertops with an island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & living room. Whole house water filter with under-the-sink reverse osmosis. The front yard has been totally relandscaped with a new walkway to the front door, with drought-resistant landscaping, a drip system & timer. The driveway extended as well as the sidewalk to the backyard. The backyard has a sprinkler system as well as a patio. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint town located on the Sacramento River, close to SF, Sacramento & bay area. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 295 Sage Meadows Dr. Rio Vista
3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

$559,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

FOR SALE – 1009 Diamante Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1439st

$475,000 – From curb appeal to beautiful upgrades, this Pebble Beach model is move-in ready. From white cabinets, a granite kitchen with stainless appliances, to wood flooring to plantation shutters, this home is exceptional. 2 Bedrooms & 2 baths have carpet in bedrooms & double doors in the den, making this home very cozy. Upgraded landscaping to drought resistance and a patio with cover. Bring your furniture and join the numerous activities available & take advantage of the amenities your HOA fees include, tennis, bocce, billiards, 2 pools/spas, gym, and more.READ MORE

NEW PRICE – 623 California St, Rio Vista

2 bed/1 bath/934sqft/4,792sqft lot

$405,000 – Adorable cottage/bungalow, 2 bedroom, 1 bath and has been updated. Larger backyard with patio & raised garden beds for your vegetables. The kitchen has been remodeled & there is an inside laundry & single car garage. Convenient location, walk to town for breakfast, snack, and/or dinner. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 275 Harvest Hills Ln. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,853sqft/6,050sqft lot

$599,000 – Don’t miss this opportunity to own this beautiful Reflect model located on one of the lakes & near the dog park. As you enter, you see beautiful tile floors, and the lake, which gives you a very peaceful feeling. A chef’s kitchen with granite counters, soft closing drawers, some pull-out drawers, 5 burner gas stove top & stainless appliances. The home has been upgraded with a double-sided fireplace, surround sound & built a den with desk & shelving. The main bath has been upgraded to a soaker tub & Corian walls surrounding the tub/shower. The primary bedroom has a bay window, providing a peaceful area to read a book & enjoy the lake. Landscaping is low maintenance with an extended patio & concrete sidewalks around. Prepaid solar & sellers have installed backup Telsa batteries for power outages (paid). So bring your toys & enjoy the amenities, such as the gym, tennis, pickle ball, bocce, golf and join the various club activities. Never a dull moment. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 1536 Michigan St. Fairfield
3 bed/2 bath/1,260sqft/4,792sqft lot

$485,000 – This is a great starter or retirement home, close to shopping, Hwy 80 & Amtrack & perfect home for a commuter. This 3 bedroom & 2 bath home has new interior paint, carpets, laminate flooring, light fixtures, dual pane windows, tankless water heater & newer roof & air condenser. Master bath has new vanity & flooring. Kitchen has new flooring, appliances, stainless sink, painted cabinets, & resurfaced counter tops. Home has a large family room, perfect for entertaining. Patio is the length of home. Although 1 car garage, home has carport for at least 2 cars & RV parking on side. Larger lot & drought resistant front yard & shed. Just bring your furniture, home is move in ready. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 404 Riverwood Ln. Rio Vista, 2bd/2bth/1391sf

$445,000 – Big Sur model & no rear neighbors!! Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy. Relax in this lovely backyard & watch the wild life. 2 bedrooms/2 full baths and den with double doors. Both master bedroom and den have bay windows that provides a more open feeling. Master bath has walk in shower & closet, double sinks, white tile counters, Dark kitchen cabinets, Corian counters w/tile backsplash, black appliances & tile floor. Stove is electric, however, is plumbed for natural gas. The dining area overlooks the backyard. Patio with all weather cover, great for BBQ in the rain. Garage has storage cabinets. Just bring your furniture and enjoy the activities, tennis, bocce, new gym, 2 pools & spas. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sq ft

$434,900 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker mod1:30el with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more.  READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Week-End

Concord Halloween kids fest

Sun, Oct 30, 7 PM – Mon, Oct 31, 12 AM

1320 Willow Pass Rd #1320, Concord, CA

Concord Halloween kids fest
Concord kids fest| Halloween crafts and lots of spooky fun |

About this Event

Come out and enjoy creating keepsake crafts for the spooky season. We will have a costume winner for best costume. You can pick between 3 different crafts which are listed on the flyer. we will have a Halloween movie (kid friendly) playing on the wall. There will be snacks and each child will leave with a candy bag Including trinkets. READ MORE

Reggae at the winery!

Sat, Oct 29, 1 – 4 PM
Vino Godfather Winery,1005 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA

Join us for a Reggae Day Party at the beautiful Vino Godfather Winery


We are so excited to bring Bayonics to Vallejo! Bayonics is a well-known Bay Area reggae/Latin/funk/R&B band that brings a flavor-packed performance that will have you dancing and feeling their vibes!

Also joining us! Host Elijah (The Musiq Box Show). DJ will be jamming between band sets

Chef Aguilera will be serving up arepas and light bites (Chef has been highlighted on KTVU, other news, and articles)

Check out the food here:

The winery will also have wine snacks for purchase in the mansion

Early arrival suggested – Doors open at 12pm – Free parking

Celebrate your special occasion with us! Contact us for group options. 707-681-5656. We will have tables, umbrellas, and chairs but feel free to bring a lawn chair and/or picnic blanket

Since this is a Halloween weekend event, we welcome you to come festive and dressed or as you are ready to party with us!

Tickets: $15 early bird online – $20 at the door READ MORE

Inaugural Golden Harvest Parade and Festival

Sat, Oct 29, 5 PM
Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA

The parade will be an exciting event where performers of all ages will showcase their talent. Beginning at corner of 9th street and N street, the parade participants will make the one-mile trek down Capitol Mall towards the main venue.
The festival will boast stage performances, music, entertainment, and art exhibits from various cultures. Other activities include children’s games, agriculture shows, farmer’s markets, food stalls, clothing booths, and more. READ MORE

Hops & Goblins Beerfest

Sat, Oct 29, 8 – 9 PM
413 E Lockeford St, Lodi

Hops & Goblins Beerfest is flying into town and you know you want to be there. Food, games, music and beer is the perfect concoction for a good time.

Hops & Goblins Beerfest presented by F & M Bank

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Located at the Lodi Grape Festival
413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi, CA 95240

VIP Tasting – $55 in advance / $65 at the door
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • One hour early admission
  • Unlimited beer tasting
  • Commemorative beer glass
  • Special VIP gift
  • Live music
  • Shopping at a variety of vendors
  • Food available for purchase

General Admission – $35 in advance / $45 at the door
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Unlimited beer tasting
  • Commemorative beer glass
  • Live music
  • Shopping at a variety of vendors
  • Food available for purchase

Designated driver tickets are $10 and can only be purchased with a VIP and/or General Admission ticket.
Must be 21 or older to attend – this includes infants, toddlers and all children. Pets are not allowed. MORE INFO & BUY TICKETS

Stockton Symphony Fantastique at Atherton Auditorium

Sun, Oct 30, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA

The Stockton Symphony, the third oldest continuously performing orchestra in California, begins their 2022/2023 season.

Enjoy a concert with the wonderfully talented artists of The Stockton Symphony at San Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium.


Guest Artist:

  • Terrence Wilson, piano


  • Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice humorous tale of a newbie’s foray into the magical realm.
  • Liszt: Totentanz international star delivers fiery drama, pianistic fireworks!
  • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique blockbuster musical epic of romance and fantasy.

All Stockton Symphony Concerts are performed at Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton.

Beverages and tasty treats are available for purchase from the Snack Cart located directly outside the auditorium lobby. Wine and beer are available for purchase from the bar located in the lobby of the auditorium. MORE INFO & BUY TICKETS

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