May 31, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Betsy Monks, 67, an Asbury Methodist Village resident since 2009, knows firsthand the tough decisions that come with moving. The hard lessons she learned compelled her to help others through the process. Today, she works as an organizer for a company providing a range of services to help seniors meet the challenges that come with aging, including moving to smaller spaces.
“We lived in the same house for 20 years and had six children,” Monks said. “When we decided to move, we realized we only used about 1,500 square feet of our house. The rest of the space was there for tools in the yard and basement, and everything else was guest quarters.”
For people who are having such epiphanies, Asbury Methodist Village is offering the help of HGTV’s Vern Yip on June 9, in two FREE sessions on how to “smartsize with style.” Yip will show that smartsizing is not just about getting rid of stuff, but envisioning an updated style that allows people to enjoy each day a little more. In his sessions, people will discover how to evaluate their living space, get top style secrets and find out how reinventing their home can bring big re-sale advantages.
One room at a time, Yip has designed his way across America on TLC’s Trading Spaces, Deserving Design with Vern Yip and HGTV Design Star. Yip runs his own design company and writes a column for the Washington Post.
As the U.S. population continues to age – and place high expectations on enjoying a long and healthy retirement – the need to prepare for that future will become increasingly important. Come see one expert’s advice on how to achieve that. Interested media can tour the homes of several Asbury residents who have smartsized their lives – and see their design fixes for making smaller spaces work.
“Making the decision to downsize is huge,” said Karen Lawless, a move-in coordinator who has worked at Asbury Methodist Village for 21 years and has taught on the business of organizing, design and transition.
“There’s a lot of trauma and stress, and then there’s the physical part of it. We sometimes help people find professional move managers who walk them through the whole process.”
Both she and Louise Stewart, another move-in coordinator, helped their parents through the process of moving into Asbury Methodist Village.
“We help people see that if you don’t let moving overwhelm you, if you keep that bright light at the end, moving just comes down to the basics,” said Stewart. “Moving can be mentally liberating. We say, ‘You’re starting a whole new chapter of your life. What do you want to bring to your new chapter?’”
Reservations for the event can be made by calling 301-637-7966. Registration for the morning session begins at 9:30 a.m., with Yip’s presentation at 10 a.m. and a “meet and greet” with Yip at 11 a.m. The afternoon session begins at 1 p.m., with Yip’s presentation at 1:30 p.m. and a “meet and greet” at 2:30 p.m. A light buffet will be served at both sessions.
A SmartSizing Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring professional organizers, interior designers, movers, realtors, charitable organizations that pick up donations, consignment stores who can sell items, and others. All events will be held at the Rosborough Community Arts and Wellness Center at Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg. Guests should enter the Gatehouse at Odendhal Avenue and Lost Knife Road.
Asbury Methodist Village is a CARF-CCAC and EAGLE-accredited continuing care retirement community that is part of Asbury Communities, Inc., which provides management and support services for a system of continuing care retirement communities for older adults. Asbury Communities is ranked by LeadingAge and Ziegler Capital Markets Group’s AZ 100 as the 15th largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization in the country. Asbury Methodist Village is also a member of LifeSpan Network.