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A Look Back: Our Top Senior Living Blog Posts from 2017

By | 2018-01-01T14:46:29+00:00 December 25th, 2017|

Happy holidays! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is just a few days away. As we look forward to the new year, we also like to look back at the year that is now in our rearview mirror. Here are our five most popular blog posts from 2017…

#5 CCRC vs. Rental Retirement Community: What Are the Differences?

Statistically, around 10,000 Baby Boomers turned 65 today, and roughly that same number will reach retirement age every day for the next 10 years. This “boom” of retirees is one of the reasons the retirement living industry is thriving in the U.S. Among the options for retirement communities, two of the most popular are continuing care retirement communities (also known as CCRCs or “life plan communities”) and independent living communities (also known as rental retirement communities). But what are the key differences between these two types of senior living communities? Read more >>

#4 Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again

The so-called “encore career” movement is gaining popularity as many Baby Boomers who reach retirement realize they still have a lot of living left to do (literally and figuratively). According to recent surveys, approximately 80 percent of people in the U.S. workforce who are over age 50 say they plan to work after “retirement.” For some, it is a financial necessity. But for others, it is a choice borne out of a desire to stay active and engaged, both mentally and physically. Among the seniors who remain in the workforce, some are looking for ways to continue to apply the education, experience, and skills they acquired over their career, but many are opting to pursue a completely new line of work. Read more >>

#3 A Great Relief, by guest author and CCRC resident, Jim Patrick

We recently began a joint project with  Senior Correspondent where we ask people to report on their senior living decision process, and sharing the first-hand experience with living in a senior living community. Our first author was Jim Patrick, who retired after 34 years with the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle. He and his wife considered over 20 CCRCs, both in Tucson and the Seattle area, before deciding to relocate to Judson Park, a CCRC in Des Moines, Wash., a suburb a few miles south of Seattle. Jim details their research and decision process, and what it has been like for them to live in a CCRC. Read more >>

#2 Proposed Tax Changes May Hit Seniors & CCRCs Hard

Taxes have been a hot topic in recent months as the president and GOP-controlled Congress worked to push through changes that will impact millions of Americans—raising the tax bill for some while lowering it for others. The president signed the tax bill into law on Dec. 22, but many people are still trying to determine if their taxes will be going up or down as a result. If you are among the approximately 850,000 people living in the roughly 2,000 CCRCs across the United States, some of these tax changes could negatively impact you. (Please note that this blog post was written prior to passage of the final version of the tax bill.) Read more >>

And our most popular blog post for 2017…

#1 What is the Happiest Age? (You Might Be Surprised by the Answer!)

Think that young adults would be the happiest they will ever be during their lifetime? Think again. A study conducted by a geriatric psychiatrist out of the University of California-San Diego studied1,546 adults in the San Diego area, age 21 to 99. Participants completed a lengthy survey assessing their physical, cognitive, and mental health. They were asked about their overall happiness and satisfaction with their life. In addition, they were questioned on their stress levels and any depression or anxiety they were experiencing. You may be surprised to learn which age group reported the highest levels of happiness! Read more >>

Senior living blog posts you can use!

Each week, myLifeSite posts new blog entries on topics that are important to seniors. Visit our main blog page where you can see recent posts, sign up to receive notification when a new blog post is added, or search previous posts for information that is of interest to you. Or if you are researching CCRCs, check out our online community search tool.

About the Author:

Brad Breeding is president and co-founder of myLifeSite, 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.