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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Positive Aging: Changing Your Mindset About Growing Older

What is your attitude about the aging process? Do you view it as a positive rite of passage or a negative phenomenon that must simply be endured? Ageism is a hot topic today and a societal issue that some say is becoming more endemic than even sexism or racism.

The World Values Survey (WVS), which is an ongoing research project conducted by social scientists around the globe, asked over 83,000 people of all age groups in 57 countries about their feelings on aging. The data found that 60 percent of survey respondents said that they don’t think older people are respected. Interestingly, the lowest levels of respect for older generations were reported in higher income countries.

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018

Considering a Continuing Care Retirement Community? Here are Four Key Aspects of the Decision Process.

"Continuing care retirement communities are a popular retirement living choice among older adults who live fully, or mostly, independently today but desire to live in a setting whereby long-term care services are available if needed in the future. Choosing the right community is an important often complex decision process. Here are four key aspects of the decision process:

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BrianTenney, Executive Director Westminster at Lake Ridge
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Considering a Retirement Community? The Where, When, Why, and How.

When should someone start considering a move to a retirement community? Is there a right time?

This is the million-dollar question with more than one correct answer. Many people focus so much on when that they may not take the time to consider the wherewhy and how. We find that all four are important and should be part of one’s planning.

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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018

Live to 100 With These Blue Zone Diet Tips

The average lifespan of an American is 78.8 years, with women typically living to around 81 and men making it to 76. It’s the highest this statistic has ever been in our country…a testament to modern medicine and our nation’s overall prosperity. While these numbers are probably considered a ripe old age to most people, it bears noting that women in Japan have the world’s longest average life expectancy at 87 years. The Japanese people doesn’t have better medical care or greater wealth than we do, so why are they outliving us?

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

When to Get On the Wait List at a Retirement Community

If you or a loved one is considering senior living options, you likely have begun doing research on retirement communities. With all of the differing communities, it can be a lot to take in so the decision process can take some time. Once you home in on a few specific places that meet your criteria, you may want to consider getting your name on their waiting lists.

The timing conundrum

Ideally, one should not wait until the day they need to move to begin planning. If for no other reason this can be problematic because of the very subject addressed here. There could be a wait list for the community you like best.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 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 find all the answers in a brochure.

One of the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a CCRC is your happiness. Will you be happy living there on a day-to-day basis? Naturally, this applies to not only those considering a CCRC but also other types of retirement communities. However, choosing a CCRC is typically a bigger commitment—financially and otherwise—so it’s even more important to make sure your first choice is the right choice.

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WLR Blog
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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