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About Brad Breeding

Brad Breeding is president and co-founder of My LifeSite, a North Carolina company that develops web-based resources designed to help families make better-informed decisions when considering a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or lifecare community.

Important Tasks & Decisions for Each Phase of Retirement Planning

Retirement. It tends to be a catch-all word that generally refers to the light at the end of the tunnel after years of hard work. It’s a time to enjoy the things in life that matter the most, like family, travel, and leisure activities. After all, you’ve put in your time and earned it! But [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|

After the Storm: Rethinking a Florida Retirement?

Florida and Texas have been in the news and in our thoughts over the past few weeks as they have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The flooding and destruction these powerful storms left in their wakes was truly devastating to see. While both of these states have become major retirement destinations because of [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|

Leveling the Playing Field: CCRC Ratings and Rankings

I am fortunate to spend a lot of time talking with people all over the country who are considering a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also known as a life plan community). When I give presentations to those who are exploring their senior living options, I gain great insights into the thought [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|

The Great CCRC Conundrum: One Reality of First Impressions

Imagine for a moment a place where people live during retirement that provides maintenance-free living and a comprehensive wellness program—complete with a personal trainer, fitness center, yoga and meditation classes, saltwater lap pools, and more. Imagine that it also offers a bistro and coffee shop, a gourmet chef who uses locally sourced foods, nature trails, [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|

Does Your Retirement Plan Overlook This Crucial Decision?

In a Forbes article from a few years back entitled “The Five Phases of Retirement Planning,” author Bernard Krooks discusses the various stages of retirement and steps that seniors should take to prepare for each. Krooks, an elder law attorney, defines “mid-retirement” as beginning at age 70, lasting as long as a person is still [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|

Is “Aging Independently” a Myth?

I read an article recently from PBS Newshour entitled “How to Stay Out of a Nursing Home and Age Independently.” It discusses a recent study out of Sweden that identified several factors that predicted a senior’s likelihood of living independently into their 80s. The study’s lead author, geriatrician Kristin Franzon, noted, “Preserved independence is highly valued [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|

The Voice of the Resident: Why the Senior Living Industry Should Listen

I’ve written previously about the importance of diversity on the board of directors for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, sometimes referred to as life plan communities). A board comprised of people from an array of backgrounds provides the community with unique perspectives and valuable input that helps ensure its long-term financial stability and success—a criterion [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|

The Unexpected Costs of Caring for an Aging Parent

According to data collected by the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are over 66 million family caregivers in the United States. That translates to nearly 40 percent of the U.S. adult population…a stunning statistic. This number includes people who are caring for the sick or disabled, but the majority of these caregivers are assisting an elderly [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|

The Unexpected Cost of Divorce in Retirement

You’ve probably heard the statistic that 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. ends in divorce, with an even higher percentage for subsequent marriages. While there’s no doubt that it is a common phenomenon, the reality is that the frequency of divorce is actually decreasing in our country as the Millennials begin to [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|

What Will Retirement Communities Look Like in the Future?

The following is an excerpt from the revised second edition of my bestselling book, “What’s the Deal with Retirement Communities?”, available on Amazon.com. Geared toward retirees-to-be and their adult children, the book is designed to be the first step in your senior living research process — providing answers in a simple and concise fashion. The [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|