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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Caregiver Assistance: Addressing Caregiver Stress

Caring for an aging family member is a labor of love. But study after study also shows the emotional, physical, and even financial stress that the caregiver incurs as a result.

Research conducted by MetLife Mature Market Institute* revealed that approximately 10 million adult children over the age of 50 (that's roughly a quarter of all Baby Boomers!) have taken on the role of caregiver for their aging parents, helping with a variety of tasks–everything from running errands and cooking to bathing and using the toilet. It's a lot to take on, especially for caregivers who may also be juggling a career and their own children, which is likely why caregivers over age 50 who work and provide care to a parent are more likely to have fair or poor health as compared to peers who do not provide elder care. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

You might have begun discussing and considering a move to a continuing care retirement community in the near future. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all of your needs along the continuum of care will be provided in one location, and for most CCRC residents, there is comfort and security in knowing that.

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Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Pricing Structure in Assisted Living

As seniors or their family members research various assisted living options, they will inevitably see statistics showing the average monthly cost of assisted living and other types of care. 

These are great tools for getting a ballpark idea of assisted living expenses, but the cost can vary dramatically among different regions, facilities and even among different residents within a facility. Understanding why begins with understanding how pricing works. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018
Fitness trackers helping seniors become more active

Do you wear a fitness tracker? If so, you might be one of more than 2.7 million active older people who are achieving 7,500 steps or more. 

New findings from the Pew Research Center show that older people are more likely to use a wearable fitness monitor such as those made by Fitbit, Garmin, Motiv and other manufacturers. These bracelets and clip-on devices are increasingly popular with older folks. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Older Americans Month celebrates engaged living

Happy Older Americans Month! While we acknowledge the value of older Americans every day, the month of May is a special time to celebrate the fact that older Americans contribute in many ways that make a difference in their communities. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Questions about life plan communities you never thought to ask

You’re ready to take the next step in your life and move from your house to a continuing care retirement community (also called life plan community). You’ve started investigating nearby communities that provide retirement living, and you’ve asked the obvious questions, but you wonder if there are other questions you should be asking.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018
Research-based tips for staying well all year long

Forming good health habits in winter gives you a head start in staying healthy and well all year long. Incorporating a few good habits into your daily routine can help boost your immune system and help you fend off virus- and bacteria-borne illnesses and fight chronic diseases.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
When is the right time to move to a retirement community?

It’s early on a snowy morning, and you are dreading the task of taking your trash to the curb for collection. As you sip your coffee, putting off the job just a little bit longer, you think about the sidewalk that needs to be shoveled. You look up and see the burned-out can light in your kitchen ceiling that needs to be changed. 

It’s not that you can’t accomplish these household chores. It’s just that they seem more and more burdensome. It makes you wonder how much more time you’d have to do the things you want to do if you didn’t have to deal with that constant home maintenance. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018
Lifelong learning conveys physical, mental and social benefits

We’re often asked whether Westminster at Lake Ridge offers opportunities for lifelong learning. The answer is a resounding yes. 

Numerous scientific studies have shown that there are cognitive and physical benefits to continued learning. Nancy Merz Nordstrom, a lifelong learning specialist and author of “Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years,” says there are also less tangible benefits that can affect all areas of our lives. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017
Time to take charge of your well-being

Today’s vibrant, active older people are smashing the stereotypes of older people. They’re redefining retirement as a time of exploration, when they can follow the passions that perhaps they didn’t have time for while they were working. For some, that might even mean continuing to work, but in a different field. For others, it might lead to joining an art class and painting a landscape for the first time or taking piano lessons.

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