Halloween in Brooklyn

Aside from a great chance to let your inner interior designer out, Halloween is also a great time to get closer with your neighbors and their families, even in a crowded place like Brooklyn.  The number one priority is giving sweets and cavities to the children in the neighborhood.  The number two priority is saving enough for yourself to last a few weeks.  Some of the decorations can be really beautiful though, and if you’re bold enough, you can keep a tasteful few around for another month or two into the end of fall.


Okay, maybe these are a bit over the top.  But Basil seemed to enjoy the candlelit oranges of fall 🙂


This year, I decided to do something a little different though.  Something even scarier than Halloween: learning how to safely and properly set up your home for aging.  The training program came from Living in Place Institute, and has allowed me to proudly call myself a Certified Living in Place Professional.  The program covered everything from safety tips to the medical issues of aging.


There were common tips, such as how to prevent slips in the bathtub, but there was also advice that you would never even think of.  For example, getting a “raised height” or “comfort height” toilet seat will be a necessity when you get older if you want to continue living in your home.  (And we were also informed that over 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age).


The training I received here was invaluable.  I always have the hope to be able to service and help everyone I possible can.  Now I have the confidence to say that I can better help seniors and disabled people.