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There are plenty of good reasons to use a storage unit. You may be downsizing; moving,  buying or selling your home; or requiring seasonal storage.


Perhaps you are a collector and need a place for your collectibles, or you’re renovating your home.

Good reasons aside, Paula Meighan, co-founder (with Carol Lightbody) of Changing Places, a company managing moves for older adults in Westchester and Fairfield counties, says, “We consider storage units to be a necessary evil in some cases, and we try to avoid them as much as possible.”

She refers to storage units as a “sort of purgatory,” places where items go when decisions can’t be made. In the long run, you can easily spend more for the unit than the items are worth.

If you are going to use a storage unit, here are some tips from Meighan: Be sure to label all your items and place them within reach and identifiable. (Pictured here is an all-too familiar example of how not to pack one of these units.) Return to the unit regularly to reassess what you’ve stored and identify items to remove, donate and drop off at your local thrift shop.

Consider storage as a short-term solution and work to pare down your items with the goal of eliminating the unit altogether.



Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains has announced a partnership with CatchU™ to study the latest technological advances to predict and prevent falls. CatchU is the result of more than 15 years of multisensory research.

Its creator, Jeannette R. Mahoney, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Division of Cognitive and Motor Aging and Associate Professor of the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, designed the CatchU app to quantitatively assess fall risk in people 65 and older, while also providing physicians with targeted counseling and personalized therapy considerations for their patients.

“Identifying fall risks early can help older adults maintain their independence,” said Dr. Mahoney. “The CatchU app provides quantitative markers that are significantly linked to fall-risk in aging. The test can safely be taken while a patient is seated, and the patient’s fall risk is electronically transmitted to the patient’s health care provider, along with personalized recommendations.”

During the next two years, baby boomers and seniors from Burke’s network of outpatient therapy clinics, their Adult Fitness Center, and outpatient medical specialist practice will have the opportunity to participate in a study to help identify their predisposition to falls. Those who enroll in the study will use the CatchU app to take a 10-minute multisensory assessment that analyzes reaction time to visual and tactile prompts. The results will be sent electronically to the research study investigators. Physicians of participants will receive CatchU results, along with counseling recommendations.



Skeptics may have predicted that after the pandemic-related on-ship quarantining and accompanying bad press, the cruise industry would never return to its former heyday. Well, they’ve been proven wrong—in a big way.

Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth reports a 41% increase in the number of travelers taking cruises compared to 2019. And 87% of those travelers are insuring a recently booked cruise (as compared to one that’s been rescheduled).

In fact, North American passengers make up the vast majority of cruisers and lead the world in cruise revenue, with the busiest port in the world being Miami—host to about 22 cruise lines.

According to the website Cruise Mummy, the average age of a cruise passenger is 47 years old. However, that rises to age 62 for world cruises, where there are few, if any, children on board. These baby boomers are also more able to vacation for extended periods of time and typically don’t need to work around school vacations.

Here is more interesting data from Cruise Mummy: the biggest threat to a cruise ship is fire so they have specially-trained firefighting teams on board, in addition to plenty of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers; the risk of violent crime on a cruise ship is 95% lower than on land; most cruise ships have jails, hospitals and even morgues on board; many have Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on board as well; and, if you’re looking to tie the knot, you should know that not all cruise ship weddings are legally recognized.

So are you ready to hit the high seas?

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