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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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WLR Blog
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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WLR Blog
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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WLR Blog
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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WLR Blog
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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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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WLR Blog
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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