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One Word That Should be Removed from Senior Living Lingo

Are there certain words that make you feel a certain way, triggering either positive or negative feelings? Family, work, home, taxes, and vacation might be a few examples. Working in the senior living space, I think a lot about the specific terminology that is used within our industry vertical, as well as the aging-related language [...]

By | 2019-01-14T13:22:59+00:00 January 14th, 2019|

2019 myLifeSite Consumer Survey Report Now Available!

What are older adults looking for in a continuing care retirement community? This is the overarching question we seek to answer in our annual myLifeSite consumer survey. In the fall, we sent out a brief anonymous online survey to our list of over 8,000 consumer contacts, and we received responses from 430 people who are [...]

By | 2019-01-08T09:40:45+00:00 January 7th, 2019|

A Look Back: Our Top Senior Living Blog Posts from 2018

Happy 2019 from myLifeSite! We hope your holiday season has been filled with love, laughter, and fond memories. As we begin this new year, let’s take a moment to look back at the five myLifeSite blog posts that received the most views in 2018. #5: A Closer Look: Examining the CCRC Market in the U.S. [...]

By | 2018-12-31T14:54:35+00:00 December 31st, 2018|

A Word of Caution on Gifting Your Assets This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving. Many seniors use the holidays as an opportunity to give away some of their cash or other valuable assets to loved ones. And while their generosity is no-doubt appreciated by the recipients, there are reasons to be cautious about how much you give away. Gifting to qualify for Medicaid Some [...]

By | 2018-12-24T21:15:52+00:00 December 24th, 2018|

Solving the Baby Boomers’ Loneliness Crisis

The holiday season is a joyful time for most people as they spend time with friends and family, eating delicious food and reminiscing about good times in years past. But for others, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is particularly difficult as they struggle with loneliness and grief for loved ones who are no [...]

By | 2018-12-17T15:32:35+00:00 December 17th, 2018|

New Study Shows CCRC Residents ARE Happier and Healthier

I often talk and write about the many benefits that come with living in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or “life plan” community). Travelling to CCRCs across the U.S., I am fortunate to witness firsthand the ways so many of these communities enhance the lives of their residents, and also provide compassionate care if [...]

By | 2018-12-10T14:42:00+00:00 December 10th, 2018|

Contrasting Approaches to Planning for Long-Term Care Needs

In last week’s post, I highlighted a recent article that discussed the advice that caregivers of a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease would share with others who are newly embarking on this labor of love. Much of the advice centered around the emotional and financial challenges that caregiving can present and the need to [...]

By | 2018-12-03T15:48:47+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|

Firsthand Advice on Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Some journeys you get to pick; others are chosen for you. Such is the case for people who are caring for a loved one who is suffering from a degenerative mental condition like Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.7 million Americans are currently living with [...]

By | 2018-11-26T20:06:28+00:00 November 26th, 2018|

What to Ask About a CCRC’s Emergency Preparedness

I have to confess: I was a little surprised by the responses I received from  last week’s blog post on CCRCs’ elevators. In it, I discuss how less expensive (and thus slower) elevators may be selected by a commercial developer as a cost-savings measure, but it is a building’s residents who pay the price for [...]

By | 2018-11-19T17:04:20+00:00 November 19th, 2018|

What an Elevator Says About a CCRC

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” —Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746 We’ve all been there: You push the up or down button on the elevator, and then you wait. And wait. And wait. You heard the pulleys and gears grinding, and then finally: [...]

By | 2018-11-12T18:19:05+00:00 November 12th, 2018|