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Advantages of Small Town Life

Some people might call small-town life “boring” or “limited,” but others recognize the many advantages of living in a small town. If you're thinking about a move, it wouldn't hurt to consider small-town life. Read on to learn about the benefits, courtesy of Unity Happenings.

A Quieter, Less Expensive Life

Small-town life is typically a quieter life. There tends to be less traffic noise and activity. Neighborhoods are smaller and generally more peaceful, allowing you to have your windows open or sit outside to relax without a lot of noise.

Small towns may also be less expensive. Rents and utilities are generally lower, as are many products and services. Also, since home values are typically lower, you’ll spend less on property taxes. This isn't always the case, so you should shop around, but you might enjoy saving some money in a small town.

A Safer Life With More Community Support

Crime is usually less prevalent in a small town. While there are some incidents, you might feel more comfortable letting your kids play outside or walk to school. Neighbors usually know and watch out for each other, too.

In fact, community support is one of the major benefits of small-town life. Many small towns are close-knit communities where most people know each other. If you're moving back to your hometown, you might even reconnect with some of your old classmates and friends. You might be surprised how quickly you step back into some old friendships.

A Better Business Environment

A small town may be a good option if you own a business or are thinking about starting one. There's less competition for one thing, and you'll find more local support. Marketing costs may be lower as well, and you can rely more on word of mouth and customer loyalty. If you provide excellent products and services, small-town folks generally support you well.

If you’re moving an existing business to your new location, you’ll need to register your business in your new state. Learn how to start a Wisconsin LLC. Typically, the process requires five steps, including appointing a registered agent, creating an operating agreement, and applying for an EIN.

Closer to Nature

Another advantage is that when you live in a small town, nature is never too far away. Most homes have larger yards, and there are usually plenty of parks. Just a short drive brings you into the countryside. You might even make some friendships with people who live out in the country so that your kids can get a feel for what it means to take hikes in the woods or even participate in farm chores.

More Family Time

Finally, living in a small town might just give you and your family members more time together. While there are still plenty of activities, small-town families often tend to participate in them together. This might mean going to local sporting events or fundraisers, enjoying community celebrations or picnics, or getting together with neighbors. You may also find yourself simply spending more time at home rather than running from one side of the city to the other commuting or shopping.

Small-Town Life

You might be a little hesitant to give small-town life a try, but you might decide that you love it and never want to return to the city. There are, after all, plenty of advantages to calling a small town home whether you are starting a business, want to be closer to nature, or desire living in a close-knit community.

Unity Happenings is here to inform you about events in and around the village of Unity, Wisconsin. Call 715-223-9000.

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Check For The Warning Signs

Seniors living alone may not tell you that they need help. They may be afraid of losing their independence or afraid of becoming a burden to their families. Or, they may be in denial.

You can check for the warning signs that a senior may no longer be safe at home by answering these questions.

How do they look? What is the condition of the home? Is there good food in the house? How is the conversation?

The answers to these questions can help you determine whether it may be time to consider extra assistance in the home or a move to a senior living community.

How do they look? Notice your loved one’s clothing and grooming. Poor clothing choice and lack of attention to grooming can be indicators of a change in mental state, such as depression or memory loss, or that basic tasks like self-care and laundry are becoming physically difficult.

Be sure to watch how your loved one moves through their home. Are they unsteady when navigating narrow hallways or staircases? Are they having difficulty getting into or out of chairs? Unsteadiness and mobility challenges contribute to falls and injuries.

What is the condition of the home?

Stacks of mail, a sudden increase in clutter, and unpleasant odors can be indicators that a loved one is having difficulty looking after the home.

If your loved one is still driving, check the condition of the car. New dings and dents can be evidence of unsafe driving.

Around the home, look for unfilled prescriptions or expired medication. Medication errors are one of the leading causes of hospital admission for seniors.

Is there good food in the house? If you’re concerned that your loved one isn’t eating well – especially if they have lost weight – check the cabinets and refrigerator. If the cupboard is bare or full of food that has been there since last Passover, your loved one may be relying on fast foods and convenience foods for sustenance. Poor nutrition can be an indicator of difficulty preparing food or a change in mental state, and puts seniors at a higher risk for age related illnesses.

How is the conversation? Above all else, talk to your loved ones. Talk about activities they enjoy and note if your loved one has withdrawn from these activities. A seeming lack of interest can stem from depression, or cognitive or physical challenges participating in activities.

Notice the flow of the conversation as well. Do they seem to trail off or forget common words? These can be signs of mental changes related to dementia, or side effects of medications.

Solutions for Senior Safety Fortunately, there are more options than ever for seniors who wish to remain independent, from part-time assistance in the home to a move to a senior living community. The variety of options available now can allow seniors to maintain their independence with fewer worries – for themselves and their families.