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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Tips to make your assisted living community your home

If you or a loved one will soon be moving to an assisted living community, you may have already decided on the floor plan and have become familiar with their activities and dining program.

But one of the most important elements of a successful move is making sure that the new home is just that. Home.

How?

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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Tired of clutter or ready to downsize? Organize the Marie Kondo way

If you’re like most seniors, you may be living with decades worth of accumulations. Among them might include keepsakes from much-loved moments, priceless artwork from children and grandchildren and jewelry passed down from your grandmother and mother.

But the real challenge comes with all the rest - extra sets of dishes, closets full of clothes no longer worn and boxes of old photos sitting in empty rooms or storage spaces. This is the time in life when many retirees are ready to get organized. But where would you even begin?

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Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Benefits of an independent living community: friends, activities and fun

Considering a move to an independent living community? It’s really a lifestyle choice. And you’ll enjoy the advantages of delicious dining options in a maintenance-free, secure and safe community.

But of course, the benefits of independent living go far beyond that. Because what may bring more life to your life are the friends, activities and fun that you’ll have.

Take a closer look at what could be yours.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

What to look for in an assisted living community

If you or a loved one is beginning to need more help with the daily activities of living, you might be searching for available options. One possibility – moving to an assisted living community – may be a solution that could solve all of your challenges.

But some older adults may be hesitant about this possibility because they fear it means losing their freedom and self-sufficiency.

If that’s what is holding you back, you may be surprised to learn instead that keeping or regaining your independence is one of the biggest benefits.

What you’ll also discover is a long list of advantages. So before you mark this option off of your list, you may want to consider all that your new life could be.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Relocating to senior living vs renovating your home

Have you found yourself standing at a common crossroads after retirement? Planning ahead for the lifestyle you want and the home that would best be supportive?

If that sounds familiar, you’re joining many seniors considering renovation vs relocation and:

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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Ideas for your holiday celebration decor

Amid all that is going on right now, we are only days away from one of the biggest holidays – Thanksgiving. A time that is normally spent with family and friends gathered around the table. Sharing not only a feast of food but the love and generosity of being together once again.

This year, however, promises things will be different. Coming together may not be possible for many families due to the pandemic.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

5 top reasons retirees move into independent living

Are you considering whether to stay in your home after retirement? Or have you entertained the idea of moving to an independent living community? For those who ultimately decide to make the change, it’s usually about the desired lifestyle as much as it is about where they’ll live.

Why? Because these communities can offer much more than just a home with no stairs. If your impression of senior or independent living is from the past, you might want to take a fresh look at the freedom and way of life that could be yours.

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Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Why we grow more fearful as we grow older and suggestions to help

As we grow older, it’s not uncommon to become more fearful or anxious. There has been some research showing that increased fear can be related to changes in our brain that develop over the years.  

When we’re exposed to fear, our response to the experience is fight or flight. Some older adults may continue to feel anxiety if there is a delay in recognizing that the perceived danger is over.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Downsizing challenge: what to do with old photos

If you’re getting ready to make a move into that fabulous senior living community you’ve been looking forward to, the subject of downsizing has no doubt entered your mindset.

Although you appreciate no longer having to maintain the extra rooms and space that’s no longer needed, choosing what to take with you is a big decision.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The value of friendships as we grow older and ideas for how to make them

Friends can play many roles in our lives. Some we count on when times are troubled. Others are always ready for a good time. One friend may have the best advice to offer when we’re faced with a difficult decision. While another shares our passion for reading historical novels or attending the symphony.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

How independent living communities challenge these 5 cliches about growing older

Growing older is something we all do from the day we are born. Yet as we leave the work world behind and begin retirement, a number of cliches seem to arrive along with the birthday wishes.

The trouble with cliches is that they’re not necessarily true. Or challenged. Becoming part of a society’s belief system, they often masquerade as a joke. But the danger is that they can easily become accepted without being questioned for their validity.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

3 realities of aging that may make independent living the better choice

Smart aging recognizes both the possibilities and challenges of growing older. It’s not necessary to give up favorite activities just because you’ve reached a certain age, but it’s also important, to be honest.

The years do bring changes to our bodies and our minds. And it’s true that we may not be able to do everything we used to or not at the same level or speed. But the one commonality between those who won’t shortchange what they want out of life?

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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

5 myths about assisted living communities

Are you or your parent considering available options to help with some of the activities of daily living, such as bathing, getting dressed or preparing meals?

For many people, the two most common possibilities include bringing in outside home services or moving to an assisted living community.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Bringing the beauty of the season indoors: fall decorating tips

As summer begins winding down amid all the changes and challenges of COVID-19, one thing is still certain. The seasons will continue to arrive on schedule.

And now fall, one of the most beautiful times of the year, is just around the corner. If you need a boost in spirits or you’re just ready for a change, refreshing your home décor can provide just the right lift.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What not to take when you move into your independent living home

If you’ve made the decision to move into an independent living community, congratulations. The opportunities that wait ahead will no doubt help you create the retirement lifestyle that you have dreamed about and deserve.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

How independent living can help you adjust to retirement life

Have you just begun retirement or are looking toward the horizon and surprised to find yourself a little apprehensive?

Don’t be distressed. It turns out that for most people, retirees experience the equivalent of an emotional upheaval when they begin transitioning to this next life stage, according to Rob Pascale, retired research psychologist and former retirement contributor to Forbes.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

10 tips for talking to your parents about assisted living

If you are still lucky enough to have your parents, you no doubt have witnessed the changes that growing older can bring. But there may still be a difficult conversation waiting for all of you ahead.

One day, you might need to discuss whether living alone or moving into an Assisted Living community would be best.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

How a positive image of aging can benefit your health

Most of us grew up with an image of what it might look like to grow older. But whether that impression was negative or positive can make all the difference. We tend to carry those presuppositions with us through life. And they often become the basis of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Giving your brain a workout: 5 exercises to try yourself

While we all know the importance of a regular exercise routine and keeping physically fit, what often gets overlooked are the advantages of keeping your brain active as well. But there are benefits from flexing your cognitive muscles.

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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Considering relocating for retirement? 5 questions to ask yourself first

Is retirement approaching or have you recently left the workforce? If so, you may be wondering if relocation could be in the picture. It’s a big decision but one that many retirees have made. The reasons vary but often range from a desire to be closer to the grandchildren, to live in warmer weather or to enjoy life in a retirement community.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

How to care for a parent while you’re still working: 10 tips that can help

Caregiving for one or both of your parents can be a rewarding experience in which you proudly participate. But if you’re still working and your loved one’s needs increase, you may find yourself sandwiched in between two demanding responsibilities.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Selling your home before moving into Independent Living? 10 tips to get it ready

Have you decided to trade in the responsibilities of homeownership for the amenity rich and maintenance-free lifestyle of Independent Living? If so, there is likely one task that will need to be taken care of – selling your home.

Although at times it might seem daunting, there are steps you can take to simplify the process and ameliorate a few of the headaches. Following these suggestions can help you organize your move, make the sale and start you on the way to your new life.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Start moving: Explore the physical and emotional benefits of exercise

There was a time when people viewed retirement as the cue to not only settle down but to slow down as well. Today, this mistaken belief may be practiced by a few, but those who are living their best life know that one of the keys is to keep moving.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

10 steps to help guard against identity theft

Staying up to date on how best to prevent or lower your risk for identity theft is more important than ever in the digital world we live in. The good news is that the more you learn about how and where it can happen, the better your chances of avoiding becoming its next victim.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Why a Senior Living community is perfect for the single lifestyle

If you’re looking at options to make your dream retirement life a reality, you might be considering all the benefits and amenities of a Senior Living community.

But if you’re single, you may be asking yourself if it could be the right fit?

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WLR Blog
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Introverts in Independent Living? Why the quiet types will find a perfect fit

When you think about Senior Living communities, what first comes to mind may be all the activities available. You’ll often see photos of happy friends gathered at the pool or enjoying a glass of wine or dinner together. Everyone is having a wonderful time and the message seems to be the more the merrier.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Avoiding injury and the emergency room: 7 safety tips to prevent falls in Assisted Living

Falling is the leading cause of injury for older adults. One in four of those aged 65+ falls each year and every 11 seconds an older adult lands in the emergency room because of one. And yet falling doesn’t need to be an unavoidable result of aging. According to the National Council on Aging, many falls can be prevented and their risk decreased.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

5 ways to regain your confidence and live a fulfilled life

Have you lost your footing now that you’re entering retirement?

If you have, it’s not uncommon. Part of the reason is that you may feel you’ve lost your identity. We so often place such a value on productivity and define ourselves with our work. Once we move beyond our career lives, it can be hard to redefine who we are.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Is longevity in your future? Take a look at both your genetics and lifestyle

Most of us have wondered about our own life expectancy. We often refer to our families as having long or short life lines. This is usually backed up by anecdotal evidence of an aunt that lived to be nearly 100 or those who seemed susceptible to having fewer year

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Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Not sure if Assisted Living is right for you? Here are 5 advantages of living in an Assisted Living communities

Families and their loved ones may have several conversations about whether living at home or moving to an Assisted Living community is the right step. Even as a person’s quality of life begins to slip, it’s not uncommon for this discussion to stall along the way.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The importance of purposeful living and how an Assisted Living community can help

Everyone needs a purpose. And while finding happiness is very important, a meaningful life is found more in reaching out to others than reflecting within.

As we grow older, we often look back on whether we’ve lived a useful life or made a difference. But what traits make for a purposeful life? It may vary from person to person but here are 5 typical characteristics that often contribute to a life well-lived.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The advantages of choosing a Life Plan Community

Have you considered how best to embrace your life well-lived, while finding ways to simplify necessary tasks? If you’re looking for a community that can take care of everything, including future changes in your healthcare, we may have the perfect answer.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

3 home improvement projects designed to create perfect spaces

It’s true that life changes as we grow older, but what you may not yet have realized is that it also grows in depth. However, while the possibilities may expand, many find a smaller home base fits their lifestyle better.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Missing your evenings out? Recreate them in your own home with these casual to elegant ideas

Do you find yourself looking back fondly to a night on the town or a quiet dinner for two at your favorite restaurant? Now that evenings are all spent at home, it may seem the only choice to enjoy yourself is to wait until life returns to normal.

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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020

2 projects to create a sanctuary space at home

If you’re like most everyone else, you’re looking for ways to fill your day due to the shelter-in-place restrictions resulting from Covid-19. After watching movies, television shows and reading books, and in-between digitally catching up with family, why not take on a productive endeavor?

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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Transitioning from a career to retirement? 5 ways Independent Living can help

Shifting from 9-to-5 work days to a well-deserved retirement life is not always easy. There are several decisions to consider and it does require a change in mindset. But the possibilities that await can open up a world of fulfillment and joy.

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Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Ready to get in shape? Discover the 3 easiest ways to reach your goals

We know that staying active has both physical and psychological benefits - but another great advantage is that it’s truly never too late to start. Studies on healthy aging have found that people in their 70s and 80s can become physically fit, even if they had never exercised before. The value can result in not only feeling better but also living longer.

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Posted: Friday, April 10, 2020

Enjoying the Great Outdoors During the Pandemic

Exercise and the outdoors are two of the greatest gifts we have during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending time outdoors can be a great benefit for every seniors’ physical and mental health. Take a look at some ideas for how to get out and get going for seniors everywhere! 

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Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Technology Solutions to Combat Isolation

Isolation is hard on people — children, teens, adults, and seniors. Thanks to technology, however, there are many ways to stay in touch with family and friends, even while complying with national and state directives for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Here’s a look at some of the ways to build bridges to friends and family during these extraordinary times. 

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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

5 types of senior living available and which might be best for you

Are you looking for senior living, either for yourself or a loved one? If yes, you may be wondering the best way to begin the search. There are several types of housing to choose from so you’ll have no trouble finding the one that best fits your needs. However, it can also be a little confusing with so many options available.

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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

7 tips to stay well and do your best to avoid the Coronavirus

Understandably, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has caused much confusion and fear. Due to what we don’t know yet, anxiety levels continue to rise. But by focusing on what we do know, we find that there are elements that we can control.

COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person and at present, there is no vaccine or medicine to treat the virus. This is why changing our behavior can have such an impact.

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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Who is the perfect resident to call Assisted Living home?

Could you or your loved one use a little help as you navigate your day? Maybe assistance getting showered and dressed? Or you might be having mobility issues when going up and down stairs. Has shopping and cooking become more of a challenge, making it difficult to always put a healthy meal on the table?

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Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Where to age-in-place: At Home or an Independent Living Community?

Aging-in-place is remaining in one’s home and community while growing older. Many people assume this can only take place if they stay in their existing homes. But the reality is that aging-in-place can occur wherever you choose to live.

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020

The benefits of moving to an independent living community

Living at home is often the choice of healthy seniors who haven’t thought about other options, but more and more people are considering independent living communities as a new place to call home. People who want to shed the constant responsibilities of home ownership, and instead spend their time with friends and family, pursuing a more active lifestyle and feeling free to travel on a whim are making the move. Before deciding, take a look at the many great benefits of senior independent living communities.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Making the Move to Independent Living: What to Take or Leave Behind

If you’ve made the decision to move into senior care, you’ve no doubt done your research, toured the communities you were interested in and finally chose your new home. After circling the move-in date on your calendar, the day is soon approaching.

Now it’s time to pack

As you begin to think about how to get ready for this new adventure, you may be wondering where to start. The first question that typically comes to mind is what to take and what to pass along, sell or give away. Even though you may have accumulated many artifacts throughout the years, it’s actually a much simpler process than you might have first thought.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Assisted living or in-home services: consider your options

Could you or a loved one use some help with daily tasks? If so, the great news is that there are many options to choose from. The first decision you’ll need to make is what might serve you best - bringing services into your home or making a new home in a community.

The following is a general summary of what you could expect from both senior care communities and home care services. Start by comparing the two here and then conduct your own online research. Don’t forget to ask friends and family for any referrals. Just remember that not all senior care is the same so you’ll want to schedule a tour and speak directly to any communities or in-home service providers before you make a final decision.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Ingleside Difference

If you’re considering the role that senior living might play in this next chapter of your life, we invite you to learn about Westminster at Lake Ridge. Along with beautiful and spacious residences, chef-prepared meals, top-of-the-line health care services and first-class amenities, our approach of supporting your vibrant, independent and high quality-of-life could be a great match.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

How to talk to mom about senior care

Talking with your parents about moving into senior care may be one of the harder conversations to have. It’s difficult because it represents so much more than merely a change of address. But if they are struggling with health issues or maintaining their daily life, it may eventually become necessary.

Before you begin, it can be helpful to ask them a few questions to gauge how they feel about the subject. The two sides may be closer than you think. If you’re noticing changes in behavior or ability, chances are they have too. They may be worried about how much longer they’ll be able to take care of each other. They may also be afraid to continue living at home alone. Asking them how they’re doing or if they ever think they could use help may give you some clues.

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020

5 health signs you should never ignore

Aches and pains typically had a direct link to injury or illness when we were younger. But as we grow older, their source can be somewhat of a mystery. They may become easier to ignore when we think of them as a result of age. Although they often may be, there are circumstances when you’ll need to pay attention and get immediate medical help.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Remaining Independent as You Grow Older

Independence isn’t only defined by where you live or if you’re able to do everything by yourself. As we grow older, it’s not uncommon to need a little help. But your ability to live an independent life often relies more on your mindset than whether you need assistance with grocery shopping, paying bills, medication management or transportation.

Deciding how to live is more important to most people than where. And remaining in charge of their life matters more than being able to handle all the daily household chores by themselves. Where your life occurs may be just the background - either at home with help brought in or at an assisted living community where everything is offered on-site. By being proactive in creating your chosen life, you may find an independence that can’t truly be lost.

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Making Your Retirement Funds Stretch Further

If retirement is around the corner, you may be imagining a fulfilling active life and no longer working. For many, the dream includes giving up the time and expense of home chores and repairs. Depending on where you live, you may also be longing to permanently say farewell to the snow shovel.

But there’s another element that soon-to-be retirees consider a priority. And that is learning the best way to make retirement funds stretch so excellent quality of life can still be enjoyed.

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