What If There’s No Space in the CCRC Healthcare Center When I Need It?

The distinguishing—even defining—feature of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) is contractually-provided access to a “continuum of care,” which typically includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and/or skilled nursing care; each of these services is usually offered on-site (although not always). I wrote a blog post about the “continuum of [...]

By | 2018-03-27T06:40:15+00:00 March 26th, 2018|

Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Seniors (…and How CCRCs Can Help)

March is National Nutrition Month. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this annual campaign puts a spotlight on the importance of making informed choices about food and developing healthy habits around eating and physical activity. When it comes to proper nutrition for older people, it’s important that their loved ones be attuned to their [...]

By | 2018-03-19T17:47:33+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

It’s the Lifestyle! by Guest Author and Royal Oaks Resident Karen Shane

By Karen Shane The following story is part of a joint project between myLifeSite and Senior Correspondent where we ask people to report on their senior living decision process.  From our marriage on the plains of Nebraska 59 years ago at 18, John and I have led a peripatetic lifestyle, one that we were not inclined to readily abandon. [...]

By | 2018-03-16T09:56:41+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

Aren’t We Too Young to Think About This? Guest post by Claudia Rumwell

By Claudia Rumwell The following story is part of a joint project between myLifeSite and Senior Correspondent where we ask people to report on their senior living decision process.  When my husband and I decided to embark on our fact-finding mission to learn about continuing care retirement communities (CCRC’s), our friends were perplexed. Weren’t we too young to think [...]

By | 2018-03-16T09:47:42+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

A Primer on CCRC Residency Contracts

Here at myLifeSite, we are able to gather lots of great insights and comments from the thousands of people who follow our blog posts and who are actively engaged in the process of researching continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or “life plan communities”). This helps us develop content that we hope speaks directly to the [...]

By | 2018-03-20T15:54:30+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

How Do I Know If I’ll Be Happy Living in This CCRC?

When making a decision about moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community), there are a lot of different factors to consider. It's certainly vital to understand the financial implications and contract details, but there’s something else just as (or maybe even more) important to consider, and you won’t [...]

By | 2018-03-05T14:03:22+00:00 March 5th, 2018|

What If I Change My Mind About Moving to a CCRC?

Most everyone has made a purchase of some type that they later regretted. Maybe it was an impractical pair of shoes, a puppy that destroyed your living room sofa, or even a vehicle that didn’t live up to your expectations. Such buyer’s remorse can leave you kicking yourself for your impulsiveness or for making an [...]

By | 2018-02-26T18:57:44+00:00 February 26th, 2018|

Dealing with the Dementia Communication Barrier

Dementia is not one specific disease. Instead, it’s a general term used to describe a decline in mental capabilities, such as memory issues, that are severe enough to affect activities of daily living (ADLs). Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for around 70 percent of diagnoses, but there are other types too, [...]

By | 2018-02-19T12:55:53+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

Planning for the Future After a Spouse’s Death

The death of a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult experiences people will endure in life, requiring more psychological and behavioral adjustment than just about any other period of life transition. And there is ample research that confirms it. The Changing Lives of Older Couples (CLOC) study, conducted out of the University [...]

By | 2018-02-12T12:39:22+00:00 February 12th, 2018|

Are Preconceptions About Senior Living Communities Holding You Back?

The issue of ageism continues to be a hot topic lately—I’m not sure it’s becoming more of a problem or if we’re just becoming more aware of it. Perhaps it’s because the Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age at a rapid rate, and people are living longer thanks to modern medicine, so there are simply [...]

By | 2018-02-06T10:53:03+00:00 February 5th, 2018|