How Technology Is Reducing Long-Distance Caregiver Burden

Over the summer, I wrote about the challenges that can come with long-distance caregiving, defined as living more than an hour from the care recipient. While serving as a caregiver for a loved one under any circumstances can present a number of challenges, long-distance caregiving has its own unique set of difficulties. Long-distance caregivers have [...]

By | 2019-11-18T15:32:22+00:00 November 18th, 2019|

Could Political Divisions Hurt the Senior Living Industry?

Recently I’ve observed more prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, life plan communities) who are asking about the political affiliations of the resident population as part of the research process. And just this past week, I received a thought-provoking email from a resident of a CCRC. She was inquiring if I knew of [...]

By | 2019-11-11T16:37:06+00:00 November 11th, 2019|

A Sense of Wellbeing Leads to a Longer Life: How CCRCs Can Help

Study after study has found that having a sense of happiness and a positive attitude is the key to wellbeing and living longer. A sunny outlook can help enhance your work performance, improve interpersonal relationships, boost your immune system, help you sleep better, and improve your overall health, all of which can help you live [...]

By | 2019-11-04T12:42:32+00:00 November 4th, 2019|

Examining Key Figures on Long-Term Care Insurance

Last year, 350,000 Americans bought a long-term care insurance (LTCi) policy, and over 7 million people currently maintain a policy. This is a fairly low adoption rate given that there are over 80 million Americans who are age 55+. Recent data from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) reveals some interesting facts about [...]

By | 2019-10-29T07:40:17+00:00 October 28th, 2019|

Bon Appetit: CCRCs Opening Their Dining Facilities to the Public

I read an article this past week about several Pennsylvania retirement communities, including some continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or life plan communities), that are opening up their dining facilities to the public. While non-residents are jumping at this new restaurant option, the eateries’ open-door policy benefits the retirement communities and their residents too. A [...]

By | 2019-10-21T14:30:39+00:00 October 21st, 2019|

Adult Children’s Differing Perspectives on Aging Parents’ CCRC Move

The decision to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC or life plan community) is rarely made in a vacuum. There are many people—in addition to the prospective resident—who can be impacted by the choice and whose opinions are considered in making a decision about a CCRC move. Often chief among these influencers are [...]

By | 2019-10-14T16:13:19+00:00 October 14th, 2019|

Christwood: A Profile of Innovative CCRC Design

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Christwood retirement community to speak at a marketing event. Christwood is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) located about 45 minutes from New Orleans, just across Lake Pontchartrain. Marketing director Elizabeth Jackson, who has been working at Christwood for about 6 years, was [...]

By | 2019-10-07T13:23:06+00:00 October 7th, 2019|

The CCRC of the Future: Technology

Ready or not, here come the baby boomers! In the coming years, the most successful continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or life plan communities) will be those that find new and innovative ways to foster the lifestyle preferences of this next generation of retirees. Over the next few weeks and months, I will examine some [...]

By | 2019-10-07T15:48:00+00:00 September 30th, 2019|

The CCRC of the Future: Community Design

The senior living industry is experiencing a seismic shift as the next generation of retirees—the baby boomers—become their target demographic. These seniors who came of age during the 1960s often aren’t looking to ride off quietly into the sunset during their retirement years. Many of them aren’t interested in playing bridge or shuffleboard and they [...]

By | 2019-09-23T13:32:00+00:00 September 23rd, 2019|

CCRCs Help Seniors Stay Active for a Healthier Life

A new study was released last month by researchers out of Norway that looked at whether physical activity and sedentary time were correlated with an increased risk of an early death. The research team analyzed data from eight previous studies done in Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S., which looked at a total [...]

By | 2019-09-16T17:52:47+00:00 September 16th, 2019|