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.Read Full Entry
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:Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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:Read Full Entry
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 where, why and how. We find that all four are important and should be part of one’s planning.Read Full Entry
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?Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry