The Challenge of Long-Distance Caregiving

In the United States, more and more people are taking on the role of caregiver to an aging loved one. In fact, a 2015 study by The National Alliance for Caregiving revealed that over 34 million adults are serving as a caregiver for a senior. Most caregivers are female (60 percent), and they are 49 [...]

By | 2019-07-15T13:49:19+00:00 July 15th, 2019|

5 Reasons to Make Your CCRC Move Sooner Than Later

Our 2019 myLifeSite Consumer Survey uncovered a lot of interesting information about prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, or life plan communities). One of the questions that I thought was particularly revealing was about people’s reasons for delaying a move to a CCRC. Respondents were provided a list of eight possible reasons for [...]

By | 2019-07-08T15:34:57+00:00 July 8th, 2019|

Ready for Anything: CCRCs’ Emergency Preparedness Plans

For the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a “near-normal” season with 9 to 15 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher). Of these, 2 to 4 could become [...]

By | 2019-07-01T11:21:21+00:00 July 1st, 2019|

It’s All Normal: The Array of Emotions Felt by New CCRC Residents

In last week’s blog post, I shared yet another study that has found that overall, people who choose to move to a retirement community, such as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) are happier and healthier than their counterparts who remain in their existing home. In that post, I did mention [...]

By | 2019-06-24T20:36:33+00:00 June 24th, 2019|

Research Continues to Find Benefits of Retirement Communities

Are you on the fence about whether you think living in a retirement community (such as a continuing care retirement community [CCRC] or “life plan” community) is right for you? Do you think remaining in your current home is the better path to happiness during your retirement years? If you fall into either (or both) [...]

By | 2019-06-17T14:03:06+00:00 June 17th, 2019|

How to Spot and Stop Elder Fraud

If you watch the nightly news, it seems like nearly every week there is a story about a new fraud scheme that is being used to target seniors. Unfortunately, criminals are getting more and more sophisticated in their tactics, making it difficult to keep up with the latest ways they use both technology and psychology [...]

By | 2019-06-10T11:59:05+00:00 June 10th, 2019|

What Does “Independent Living” Mean in the Senior Living World?

As a follow up to my recent blog posts on the challenges of comparing continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and comparing rental retirement communities to CCRCs, I wanted to share with you the different ways that the term "independent living" is used in the senior living industry. Spoiler alert: It is a phrase that is [...]

By | 2019-06-03T13:27:26+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|

Senior Year: Blending Senior Living with Lifelong Learning

It’s graduation season, and high schools and universities across the country are celebrating the accomplishments of their students. But for many people, their love of learning doesn’t end in young adulthood. I read an article this week about a 93-year-old retired optometrist named Lewis Taub, who has just audited his 50th class at Skidmore College, [...]

By | 2019-05-27T12:26:16+00:00 May 27th, 2019|

Why Is Comparing CCRCs So Difficult?

You’ve examined the various senior living options, from remaining in your current home to moving to a age-restricted retirement community, and you’ve decided that the continuum of care and amenities offered by a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) is the right decision for you. Now, it’s time to choose the CCRC [...]

By | 2019-05-20T18:11:33+00:00 May 20th, 2019|

Comparing Rental Retirement Communities and Life Plan Communities

Life care contracts, ADLs, age-restricted, independent living, CCRC… You may have noticed that there is a LOT of lingo to be learned when you begin considering various senior living options. It is understandable if you even feel a little overwhelmed by it all. Partly because of all the terminology and partly because the different options [...]

By | 2019-05-13T16:45:53+00:00 May 13th, 2019|