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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019

Preparing for Retirement: 5 Things to Consider

Whether you’re looking toward or have already entered retirement, the better you plan for the future, the more success you’ll likely have. However, you may wonder which factors have the biggest impact. Although everyone’s list may vary, here are 5 standard priorities to consider along with a few tips for how to put your plan in action:

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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019

Maintaining Social Connections as We Grow Older

Friends are such a blessing to one’s life but as we grow older we might find we have fewer. Our families may also be far away or busy with their own children and careers. Yet it is so important to be aware of the consequences of isolation, and not just if you live alone. 

The impact of a lonely lifestyle can be significant and in some cases even life-threatening.  Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation can have the same effect on your health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And as we get older, the outcomes can grow more serious.

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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019

Why You Can Look Forward to Growing Older

There’s a well-kept secret that most people don’t discover until it happens to them. Although some are fortunate to have grown up knowing the reality, many have been kept in the dark. But what a delightful surprise when the truth is finally discovered.

The secret? Growing older can be wonderful.

The reason it’s kept so well is that most people don’t talk about it. With the level of ageism that surrounds our society, growing old is spoken of as if it’s a stigma or at the very least something to be avoided.

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019

Staying Fit after Retirement: Friendly Exercises for Senior Living

One way to add years to your life is by staying fit. Even though genetics can impact our physical and mental health without our consent,  we can still play a large role in staying healthy and active. 

The goals for retirement are often focused on financial needs but it’s just as important to set wellness objectives. This is a time in life many look forward to but without good health,  it won’t be as enjoyable. The great news is that it’s never too late to start.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Home Care versus Assisted Living in Retirement

Aging-in-place and maintaining independence for as long as possible is the goal of most seniors. But what you might not have realized is that there are options where this can occur.

Two of the most common choices are to stay in your own home and bring in helpful services or move into an assisted living community where you’ll have everything you need in one place.

If you’re just beginning your search of possibilities or aren’t clear on what services are available, Ingleside is here to help. Take a moment to read through the possible options and you might find something that is more appealing.

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019

Choosing the Right Retirement Living Community

Do you live alone and find yourself missing the companionship of others? Are you tired of shoveling snow or the never-ending responsibility of home maintenance? Could you use some help with shopping or cooking? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a retirement living community may be just what you’re looking for!

Where you live can make a big difference in how you live. And while there are those who prefer to stay in their home as long as possible, there are many who would like to find a more central place to meet new friends, take part in activities and receive a little help if needed.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Retirement Living Rightsizing Tips

What exactly does “rightsizing” mean? According to Dictionary.com, it means “to adjust to an appropriate size.” For those looking to move into a Life Plan Community, rightsizing means making important decisions about what items from your current home will make you happiest in your new home.

 

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019

Working Toward Equal Access in LGBT Senior Living

There are an estimated 3 million openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors in the United States…and that number is growing as the Baby Boomers enter retirement. It’s a large market of prospective residents for the senior living industry. However, a 2013 study conducted by Erin Fitzgerald, MPA, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force examined the compounding negative effect a lifetime’s worth of healthcare and economic discrimination has had on LGBT seniors–the end-result being fewer senior living options, either because of poor health or insufficient retirement savings.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wellness Programs: Good for CCRC Residents & The Bottom Line

“Wellness” is a term that gets used a lot in senior living, and depending on the context, it can have many different meanings. But when it comes to continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also called life plan communities) and other styles of senior living options, “wellness” usually refers to any service or amenity that contributes to the residents’ quality-of-life. Additionally, CCRCs also provide wellness services in the form of nursing or medical care, if and when their residents need it.

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community)

Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also referred to as a CCRC or life plan community, is a major decision and one that is unlike any other choice you have made before. Ultimately, it is a decision that impacts your lifestyle, finances, housing, and health care. That is why it is important to make an informed decision; one that can help secure your future, regardless of unforeseen health situations. As you weigh your options, here are some things to consider:

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019

7 Resolutions Seniors Can Make for the New Year

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.  – Charles F. Kettering, inventor, engineer, and businessman 

Roughly half of Americans admit to usually making some kind of New Year’s resolution. Yet despite their good intentions for self-improvement, only about 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution, according to statisticbrain.com, often because they set a goal that is simply too lofty.

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