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Financial Solvency: An Important CCRC Selling Point

A big part of the decision to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC or life plan community) has to do with security. Residents are making a large investment, and in exchange, they are given access to a continuum of care services should they need them in the future. As a result, CCRC prospects [...]

By | 2020-10-20T10:19:07+00:00 October 19th, 2020|

Does Your Location Determine Your Lifespan?

Is it possible that where you live could determine how healthy you are and how long you live? There’s mounting evidence that the answer to this question may be yes. I’ve written before about so-called “Blue Zones” — areas around the world that have a higher-than-average number of centenarians (people reaching age 100+). A recent [...]

By | 2020-10-12T13:33:24+00:00 October 12th, 2020|

How the Pandemic Has Impacted Thoughts About Senior Living

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life with many people becoming sick, losing loved ones, losing jobs, and/or struggling with childcare. Throughout all of this, I have been mindful of how the pandemic is affecting people mentally, especially seniors who are in the highest-risk category for the virus. And I’ve also wondered [...]

By | 2020-10-06T07:48:25+00:00 October 5th, 2020|

Key Questions: The Ultimate CCRC Checklist

While inquisitiveness is a trait found in many members of the animal kingdom, human intelligence leads us to learn about the world, at least in part, by asking questions. And it starts at a young age. In fact, researchers in Britain have found that children ask a daily average of 73 questions. For those of [...]

By | 2020-09-28T12:49:30+00:00 September 28th, 2020|

Kindness Matters: How Volunteering Can Benefit Seniors’ Health

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” -- Fred Rogers (a.k.a., Mr. Rogers) There is plenty of bad news to go around lately. From news updates on COVID-19 to stories [...]

By | 2020-09-21T12:03:19+00:00 September 21st, 2020|

Is It Safe for Seniors to Travel?

Many older Americans worked hard for decades, rarely taking time off. This is why one of the activities that people often look forward to with their retirement is having the freedom to travel. So that raises the question: Is it safe for seniors to be travelling right now? Or should seniors hit the breaks on [...]

By | 2020-09-15T09:29:06+00:00 September 14th, 2020|

Why Didn’t I Think to Ask That?: The Less Obvious CCRC Questions

When you are choosing which continuing care retirement community (CCRC or life plan community) is right for you, it can feel like you have a million questions you want and need to ask. At MyLifesite, we write frequently about understanding the various types of contracts, financial aspects of the decision, healthcare, and more. There are [...]

By | 2020-09-07T19:29:25+00:00 September 7th, 2020|

Eliminating Taboos to Help Address Anxiety Among Seniors

If you’ve been feeling a little stressed lately, you’re far from alone. The COVID-19 crisis has created elevated anxiety levels for many people. People can experience feelings of anxiety in a number of ways, but it is often described as feeling worried, nervous, irritable, or “on edge.” Some people with anxiety feel a sense of [...]

By | 2020-08-31T15:21:41+00:00 August 31st, 2020|

You May Be Able to Deduct Some CCRC Costs from Your Taxes

Over the past months since COVID-19 turned our world upside down, I’ve done a few dozen webinars for prospective residents of various retirement communities across the country focused on planning for the future in an uncertain environment. One of the most common questions that I get during the Q&A portion of these sessions continues to [...]

By | 2020-08-24T14:30:11+00:00 August 24th, 2020|

The Evolution of Senior Living in the U.S.

I hope you have been enjoying our new audio podcast, entitled “Aging is a Trip,” which takes a candid, but lighthearted look at numerous aspects of aging and retirement. Dr. Karen Wilson In a recent two-part interview, I was honored to speak with Dr. Keren Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in gerontology and [...]

By | 2020-08-17T13:34:09+00:00 August 17th, 2020|