How the Scents of Childhood Can Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients

On May 21, I'm scheduled to speak at River’s Edge, New York City's first and only life plan community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC). River’s Edge is an innovative community being developed by a not-for-profit organization called RiverSpring Health, which also operates several other senior living and senior healthcare properties [...]

By | 2019-04-22T09:45:38+00:00 April 22nd, 2019|

Is It Really Better to Get Post-Acute Care at Home?

For anyone who has spent time in a hospital for an illness, injury, or other health issue, you know that being discharged is typically a welcome event—your condition has improved enough to no longer require acute care. However, in this day and age of managed healthcare, the decision to discharge a patient also takes into [...]

By | 2019-04-15T16:06:52+00:00 April 15th, 2019|

Making Meaningful Use of Seniors’ Time & Talents

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi It’s a refreshing bright spot in an oftentimes-bleak news landscape to learn about the ways that people are making a positive difference in the world around them. A story caught my eye this week about a group [...]

By | 2019-04-04T18:05:28+00:00 April 8th, 2019|

Resources to Reduce the Stress of Moving to a CCRC

People tell me all the time that one of the big hurdles holding them back from making a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community)—or really any retirement community—is not wanting to deal with all of their “stuff.” The thought of having to sort through a lifetime’s worth of furniture, [...]

By | 2019-04-01T10:03:53+00:00 April 1st, 2019|

How Financial Confidence Impacts Your CCRC Decision Process

Choosing to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC or “life plan community”) is no doubt a big decision, involving aspects related to housing, lifestyle, healthcare, and certainly finances. For most potential residents of a CCRC, it’s nearly impossible to make a final decision without having a certain level of financial confidence about the [...]

By | 2019-03-25T09:45:46+00:00 March 25th, 2019|

Saying Goodbye: How a CCRC Helps Residents Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

The death of a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult losses a person can suffer. The person you have shared your life with, raised a family with, weathered ups and downs with leaves a tremendous void when they are no longer with you. Dealing with the grief that comes with the loss [...]

By | 2019-03-19T08:24:00+00:00 March 18th, 2019|

The States with the Most CCRCs Per Senior Might Surprise You!

At a recent speaking event at an Arizona continuing care retirement community (CCRC or life plan community), someone mentioned to me that they assumed that the state of Arizona would have a lot of CCRCs relative to the number of older adults in their population. I told her that even though one might logically think [...]

By | 2019-03-12T07:49:37+00:00 March 11th, 2019|

The Intersection of CCRC Finances & Occupancy Results

If you’ve had a chance to look over the results of our recent consumer survey of over 420 prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or “life plan communities”), then you know that one of the biggest, if not the biggest, reason for delaying a decision to move is uncertainty or concern regarding the [...]

By | 2019-03-04T15:35:21+00:00 March 4th, 2019|

Crunch the Numbers: Staying in Your Home vs. Moving to a CCRC

Although continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, or life plan communities) offer residents many conveniences and amenities, the top reason that seniors cite for their desire to move to one of these communities is their full continuum of care services. In fact, according to our 2019 myLifeSite Consumer Survey, this access to care is the number [...]

By | 2019-02-26T09:27:49+00:00 February 25th, 2019|

Game On: Can Brain Games Improve Your Memory?

There are a number of so-called “brain game” products on the market these days. These typically are computer or smartphone/tablet-based games that claim they can help improve seniors’ cognitive function and memory. But do they really work? Could playing video games be the secret to decreasing the prevalence of neuro-degenerative conditions like dementia? And what [...]

By | 2019-02-18T15:39:32+00:00 February 18th, 2019|