Lisa Albinowski
Coldwell Banker Realty


Scammers are in full force and are ramping up their efforts to attack you, me and the rest of us. No matter the age, these dregs of society are proclaiming everything from Home Test kits, a COVID -19 Cure and are using fear (Get Your COVID19 Relief Money Fast!) to get your money or information. (None of those things are real, by the way.)

They’re asking for your bank routing number to “help” you get your relief money – which is not how you’ll get it. They’re sending fake emails from the CDC or WHO that look real, trying to steal your personal information, or, if you click a link, put malware on your computer, tablet, or phone.

Scammers are calling, using illegal robocalls, texting and they’re all over social media.

So, while you’re washing your hands and working to stay safe, here are a few things you can do now to protect yourself. Important things to remember:

Hang up on Robocalls – They are fake, don’t answer them

Check out all claims – Do your research, its easy. Simply search the item being offered on the internet and see if it is legit or not. Add the word "scam" after the item being searched, such as "Corona19 home test kit scam."

Do not divulge your bank or credit card numbers or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the conversation with the other party and you know that it is a reputable organization.

Be cautious about online solicitations. Again, look up the offer via an online search

Be on guard against imposters who contact you claiming to be government employees or volunteers and who ask for personal financial information or money.

Lastly, Don’t be rushed. Whatever the call, email, text, or social media post is about; remember that scammers try to rush you. Legit people don’t. If you get offered something great, or you’re worried about something alarming: talk to someone you trust before you act. What do they think?

Report scams to the FTC. Go to Your report can help them shut down these criminals.


The Case of Age Friendly Cities

The Case for Age-Friendly Cities
Alissa Dec 6, 2018

When you think about retirement, and where you’d might like to end up, a variety of options probably come to mind. Whether you want to move closer to a family member, or get away from places with cold winters, you’ll want to make sure that the city you choose has all of the amenities you’ll need to ensure a comfortable, easy lifestyle.

What are age-friendly cities?
That’s where age-friendly cities come in. While you may have heard the term "aging in place" in relation to your private home, age-friendly cities make this idea a city-wide initiative. Not only do these cities encourage involvement and interaction within the community, but they support the individual needs and interests of their residents.

What qualifies a city as age-friendly you may ask? Age-friendly cities have eight essential components as viewed by WHO (World Health Organization). These components include:

Outdoor spaces and buildings
Social participation
Respect and social inclusion
Civic participation and employment
Community support
Health services
Austin, TX, Des Moines, IA, and Portland, OR are just some of the many cities with communities that include all of these components.

The age-friendly city experience
For those living in age-friendly cities a typical day may include walking to and volunteering at the community garden in the morning, having lunch with friends at a local restaurant in the afternoon, and taking a refreshing swim in the community pool in the evening. Age-friendly cities typically offer amenities like these, and opportunities for socialization, within walking distance. If the walk seems too far, there’s usually some form of transportation to help.

In comparison, those in communities without such amenities may watch television in the morning, eat meals alone, and avoid going out because most stores and restaurants aren’t within walking distance. Without the help of city initiatives, these people may live more secluded and less fulfilled lives. When looking at these two examples, it’s easy to see that a senior living in an age-friendly city may have a better quality of life than a senior that is not.

Finding age-friendly cities
As of July, 2017, 175 communities appeared on AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities as committed to becoming age friendly, with some at varying levels of progress. As more communities and cities commit to making adjustments to become more age-friendly, more and more seniors will be able to enjoy different opportunities and activities that they may not have had in a previous living situation.


Lisa AlbiNOWski
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Real Estate Specialist

Senior housing is categorized by the level of care available to residents. At one end of the spectrum, there are communities that offer little or no care; at the other, facilities that provide continuous care. Between those extremes are a wide range of housing choices that can meet changing needs.

Trying to get up to speed on all the new senior housing options? SRES® designees can offer insight on creative new options, such as intentional senior retirement homes and communities and co-housing environments, as well as more traditional senior housing choices, including:

Independent Living: Condos, townhouses and single-family homes that are smaller and more maintenance free than large family properties are frequently people's first choice, especially if they're healthy and active.

Active Adult Senior Retirement Homes and Communities: Active adult senior retirement homes and communities aim to service the interests of active adults over the age of 55. Housing types often include condos, townhouses and single-family properties, and all are designed with an eye toward delivering a maintenance­ free lifestyle for residents. Such communities offer a vast array of on-site activities, including exercise, social clubs, art instruction and lecture series.

If you're looking for more hands-on care or anticipate needing such care in the future, SRES® designees can make expert referrals and discuss options, including:

Assisted Living Senior Retirement Homes and Communities: Residents live in their own apartments but have the benefit of an on-site staff, meal service in communal dining spaces, and planned activities and outings. Some assisted living communities also offer access to nurses and daily living assistance. Others may offer more extensive medical and personal services.

Adult Family Senior Retirement Homes: Such properties are licensed to care for up to six residents in a home setting. Services typically include meals and housing maintenance and attending to resident’s safety and care. Facilities may specialize in addressing specific health concerns and provide care and an environment tailored to those conditions.

Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Facilities specialize in caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease offer programs that address residents' needs and provide an environment where they can live safely.

Housing services typically include personal care, such as bathing and dressing and administering medicine, along with dining and housekeeping. In addition, many buildings incorporate over 50 design features, such as safe wandering paths and color-coded areas to help with way-finding. Such designs provide comfort and ease residents' anxiety.

Continuing Care Retirement Living Communities: A Continuing Care Retirement Living Community offer progressive levels of assistance, depending on a person's needs. They include independent and assisted living and nursing care.

Weighing Senior Housing Options- Choosing the appropriate senior living arrangement is challenging, not only because it entails an emotional dimension, but also because of the complex issues you need to weigh, such as cost, location, services, amenities, activities, and current and future care needs.

SRES® designees can consult with you to make the best senior housing choice for you or your loved one. They can also work with you to anticipate care needs as you age to ensure that today's senior housing choice will serve you well tomorrow.

Call Me today! I Will Provide Options Tailored to You or Your Loved Ones Needs! 631.793.7329





A Full Time Realtor and a NYS Part 36 Court Approved Nationally accredited Seniors Real Estate Specialist. I understand Seniors' unique housing needs and issues. Locally, I will personally handle all your family or client's Real Estate needs in a sensitive and caring manner. Additionally, my regional, national and global senior housing networking will enable me to assist your clients or family with all their Real Estate needs near or far. Seniors deserve a Seniors Real Estate Specialist who understands their unique housing needs and issues. Whether your family or clients are thinking about selling, relocating or planning to stay put, they will want to discover their options.

My approach starts with earning your trust to become your real estate agent for life.  Working with First Time Buyers or Senior Sellers, I am committed to my client's goals. 

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I can provide you with the necessary knowledge, expertise, and perspective you need to make the best possible decisions during this time of your life. With special training, valuable systems and unique options for home buyers and sellers age 50+, you can count on me for the answers, and the advocacy you deserve.  Helping people navigate these important decisions is my passion. I hope you'll consider me an advocate you can trust.

Contact me today to learn more! 
 Lisa Albinowski SRES, CBR, RSSP, SRS
Licensed Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Mobile/Text: 631.793.7329

Aging in Place  

Aging in Place: The Right Choice for Your Client?


While there’s plenty of snowbirds that choose a warmer climate to move to, there’s also a growing number of seniors that are choosing to stay in their own homes, or a smaller home close by, as they age.
Though aging-in-place doesn’t necessarily constitute a big move, like migrating south might, there are still plenty of considerations to remember to make sure the home is manageable and comfortable to live in as you get older.
Whether you are staying in your own home or moving to a slightly smaller home in the same area, it’s important to make sure your home has the right layout in order to make mobility and accessibility easy. A one-story floor plan, or a floor plan where your bedroom and necessary facilities are on the first floor works the best for aging-in-place, as its possible you may need a walker or wheelchair at some point.
Consider making other adjustments, including handrails in bathrooms for additional stability assistance, and widening doorways to accommodate a wheelchair, should you need it in the future. Swapping doorknobs for lever handles could also help, in case you run into any arthritis or joint issues in your hands and wrists.
Aside from making sure the home is easy to move around in, and accessible in case you have any health issues, you’ll also want to consider the location. It’s important to make sure that the area you’re planning to age-in-place in is close to medical facilities, senior support facilities, and has a good public transportation system, just in case you’re not able to drive in your later years. Proximity to friends, family members, and activities that you enjoy could also be something to consider if maintaining relationships and social circles is important to you.
Other things you may want to think about as you decide if your home is right to age-in-place in could include the size and manageability of your yard, the age and condition of your home, and the safety of your neighborhood. Lots that are large and a little worn down could prove to be more troublesome as you age and aren’t able to perform some of the tasks needed for upkeep. If you are planning to move to a new home to age-in-place, you may want to consider something with a small yard, or a community where lawn and house care are available or provided.
Though for many people aging-in-place may be the ideal plan for retirement, it may not always be feasible. Checking through the above considerations can help you plan and adjust to make sure your home will suit your needs as you get older.
If you or your client is thinking about aging-in-place, remember that as an SRES® Member, you have tons of resources at your fingertips, including publications and webinars that give even more information on what it takes to successfully age-in-place.

Contact me today to learn more! 
 Lisa Albinowski SRES, CBR, RSSP, SRS
Licensed Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Mobile/Text: 631.793.732