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Investing in Wellbeing: Senior Living Benefits Beyond Financial Security

As we age, financial security becomes top of mind. A survey by the National Council on Aging found 71 percent of seniors rank it as very important; above keeping connected with friends and family, practicing healthy living habits and staying active with interests and activities. Costs rise and most post-retirement incomes do not. Senior living, often thought of as more costly than aging at home, is often less cost than staying at home with support services. One reason is the predictability of knowing how, when and what you can expect to pay for. Senior living also gives you benefits that go beyond financial security.

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Fact Versus Fiction on Financing Senior Care

If you’re nearing or in your retirement years, chances are you’ve given some thought to what your care needs may be in the future and how you’ll pay for them. The trouble is there’s a lot of confusion around cost of care and what is or isn’t covered by your health insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid. We can help by clearing up some of the most common misperceptions about financing senior care.

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Ensuring Your Vitality: 3 Ways Senior Living Is More Viable Than You Think

A recent Transition to Retirement Study found that soon-to-be retirees mainly want three things from this time of life. They want more time to spend with family, to relax and to travel; the flexibility to do what they want; as well as freedom from financial worries. Yet the AARP cites that nearly 90 percent of Americans want to age at home for as long as possible. To us, this represents a bit of a conundrum because there’s nothing that ties you down more than owning a home. We suspect many retirees agree, but automatically dismiss senior living as an option because they assume they can’t afford it. You’ll love being wrong here because we’ll show you how senior living can help you achieve what you want in retirement and be more viable than you think.

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Funding Senior Living: The Benefits of Veterans Aid & Attendance

When researching retirement options, senior living may seem out of reach. What you may not realize is that there are a number of ways to offset the cost, stay within budget, and enjoy the benefits of senior living. One option to help fund senior living is Veterans Aid & Attendance. Let’s discuss what it is, how it works, and what’s new with this benefit.

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Rediscovering Purpose: How Senior Living Makes Life Better

For many older Americans, a senior housing community is more than just a place to live: It’s a place to be alive. For older adults living on their own, a time often comes when they feel they are simply “treading water.” Life may have occasional social engagements, a certain daily rhythm, but it can often lack direction. This is when individuals often seek or wish for a different mode of living that gives life a greater sense of meaning again.

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The Recipe: Tips for Seniors Cooking for One or Two

It goes without saying, nutrition is important to everyone’s health. But for seniors, it’s especially crucial, and often more complicated. As we age, your body needs more of certain nutrients, metabolism slows and requires fewer calories, palate and digestion may change, medications may affect taste, chronic conditions can affect appetite and may require dietary restrictions. Perhaps is why many seniors show signs of malnutrition. In fact, senior malnutrition costs the United States $51.3 billion a year according to the Alliance on Aging Research.

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How to Financially Prepare for Retirement

 

Heading into retirement, many people are as fearful as they are excited about this new chapter in life. Have I saved enough? Should I downsize? What if I need long-term care? These are all valid questions. The reality is that although most of us will need some form of assistance eventually, you simply can’t predict what’s ahead. But you can prepare financially for the what-ifs. Here are some tips to guide you.

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Understanding Dementia: A Different Approach to Memory Care

 
Dementia can take away so much, which is likely why the focus of traditional memory care is on that which your loved one can no longer do. This is important., however, as your loved one isn’t one-dimensional, and their care shouldn’t be either.  Learn about the benefits of an engagement-focused philosophy for memory care.

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The Key to Quality of Life as You Age

 
As you age, you hear a lot of talk about quality of life. Everyone seems to want to help you maintain it or better it. But what exactly does the term mean? The Google dictionary defines it as “the standard of health, comfort and happiness experienced by an individual or group.” Clear as mud right? What’s most important is how you define a good quality of life, and as you consider senior living, where you can find the fit for those expectations. We can help.

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How to Talk to Your Parents about Senior Living

 

You’ve seen your parent’s health decline. They may be struggling with daily activities on their own. The house is becoming too much to manage. You’re concerned about their safety living alone. Perhaps it’s a combination of all the above. Whatever the case, you know in your gut it’s time for the talk about senior living. This conversation is never easy to have, particularly if your parent feels everything is fine. We can help with these tips.

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How to Help Parents with Common Aging Fears

 

In youth, you can’t wait to get older — to get your driver’s license, to vote, to move out and get the independence you’ve longed for. But somewhere along the way, getting older becomes scary. Chances are your parents are dealing with this now. Whether they’ve talked about it or not, you can be sure they’re concerned about the future. So what can you do? Learn what they fear and the best ways to help, right here:

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How to Cope when Alzheimer’s Changes Your Loved One’s Personality

 

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease ⁠— the magnitude can be overwhelming for the entire family. While you know the disease will affect your loved one’s memory, you may not be aware of how significantly it can impact their personality. We’ll help you learn what to expect and how to cope with changes as the disease progresses.

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6 Ways to Ease Your Parent’s Transition to Senior Living

 

Leaving home is always emotional. Think back to when you first left home to go to college, to get married or to get your first place. You were nervous but looking forward to your first taste of independence right? It can be quite the opposite for mom or dad as they leave home for senior living. They’re nervous too, but one of the biggest fears for seniors is losing independence. Rest assured you can help! Give them confidence and peace of mind with these tips to ease the transition to senior living.

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The Dotted Line: Documents You’ll Need to Move to Senior Living

 

The journey to find the right senior living community has been long, but you’re almost at the finish line. You’ve done your research, you’ve toured, you’ve gotten feedback and you’ve even started the downsizing process. Now all that’s left is signing the paperwork at your community of choice. And there will be a lot of it. Make sure you’re prepared with this list of documents you’ll need to move to senior living.

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3 Biggest Factors Affecting Senior Living Costs

 

One of the biggest concerns for families when they begin to consider senior living is cost. In fact according to Advisory Board’s 2017 report on Consumer Preferences in Post-Acute and Senior Care, when comparing communities the yearly cost is the number one factor affecting choice. While it’s true, senior living doesn’t come cheap; neither does aging in place at home. So before you let the sticker shock deter you from the tremendous benefits, let’s look closer at the biggest factors affecting senior living costs and the value behind those numbers.

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Great Expectations: What To Look For In A Senior Living Community

 

There’s a saying that life is not about the destination, it’s the journey. In senior living, it’s about both. To end up in the best destination — a community that fits your wants and needs, you need careful planning along the journey. In making the decision that it’s time for senior living, you’ve taken an important first step. Next stop, setting your expectations as you begin your search. Here’s what to look for in a senior living community.

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5 Dangers Seniors Face When Living Alone

 

According to the Administration on Aging, approximately 29 percent, or 11.3 million seniors lived alone in 2010. While at the same time, an estimated 12 percent of seniors 65 and older — more than 5 million — also needed assistance to perform daily activities. It’s clear that most seniors want to stay at home as they age. The question may be, should they? Every situation is unique, however if you or your senior loved one is living alone make sure you’re aware of these dangers before you answer.

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7 Signs It’s Time to Look at Assisted Living

 

“How do we know when it’s time?” That’s one of our most asked questions from families who are considering assisted living facilities. It’s also one of the most difficult to answer. Often, you have a gut feeling that it’s time or are having trouble managing your loved one’s care at home. On the other hand, you may be waiting for the “this is it” moment that provides complete clarity on what your next step should be. The reality is that there is rarely that one moment and a decision this complex and emotional is one your family ultimately has to make itself. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t subtle cues that extra support is needed. Here are common signs it’s time to look at assisted living.

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3 Signs It’s Time to Look at Memory Care

 
Memory loss is often seen as a normal part of aging and that’s true to a certain extent. Who hasn’t lost their keys or forgotten an appointment once in a while, at any age? That’s why normal age-related memory loss shouldn’t prevent anyone from enjoying a full life. However, if memory loss has started to affect your loved one’s ability to live independently, to maintain a social life or to care for themselves, it may be time to look closer at the cause, and the three signs it’s time to consider a memory care facility.

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What The Best Senior Living Communities Offer Older Adults

 

If you are a senior, or the adult child of one, you may be thinking it is time to downsize. Many older adults find themselves living in just a few rooms of a large home they have lived in for decades. It’s usually expensive and time-consuming to maintain.

As you start to explore the options for this next chapter in life, you might wonder about the benefits of moving to a senior living community. Many families have only a vague understanding of what senior living communities are and what they have to offer.

From well-balanced meals to a rich variety of events and activities, let’s take a look at what the best senior living communities do to help residents age with success.

 

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How to Research Senior Living Options for a Family Elder

 

Researching senior living communities for a family member can be overwhelming. If you haven’t been through the process before, everything from the terminology to the pricing structure may be tough to decipher. When you are trying to make a good decision on a loved one’s behalf, it can leave you feeling stressed and uncertain.

Fortunately, there are concrete actions you can take to be more confident about your decision.

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How to Avoid Becoming Isolated As You Grow Older

 

Isolation can take a physical and emotional toll on an older adult’s health. So much so, in fact, that medical professionals classify isolation as a health risk for seniors. Depression is a common occurrence among older adults who live alone. Isolated seniors are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, cognitive decline, and even a shorter life than peers who are actively engaged with their families and communities. If you are a senior living alone, we have a few tips to help you stay connected as you grow older. From the social benefits of senior living communities to volunteering for a charitable organization, here’s what you can do to prevent senior isolation.

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7 Signs It Might Be Time to Consider a Senior Living Community

 

Where you live after retirement can greatly impact your health and happiness. Experts say this is the result of a variety of factors ranging from opportunities for socializing to consuming a healthy diet. If you are a senior wondering if it’s time to move to an independent living or assisted living community, we have a quick checklist that might help you arrive at an answer.

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Home vs. Senior Living Community: A Cost Comparison

There are many factors to consider when sorting through care and housing options for older adults. Lifestyle preferences, socialization, transportation, physical limitations, daily routines—to name a few—can all impact the best choice for your loved one. And though cost is always part of the decision, comparing the various ancillary costs of “aging in place” (or remaining at home) with the inclusive pricing of community living is a complicated process. So, let's break it down... 

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In-Home Care and Safety Modification Tips

Aging in place is a phrase popular in the senior care industry, but it’s one seniors and their families don’t necessarily understand. In the simplest of terms, it refers to a senior remaining in their own home as they grow old. While it’s a solution many people say they prefer, most are unaware of just all that it entails.

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How Nutritional Needs Change After 60

Well-balanced meals contribute to a healthier life at any age. That’s no secret. What isn’t as well known, however, is just how much nutritional needs change after the age of 60. As metabolism slows, older adults require fewer calories each day. Because the body begins to process nutrients differently, the need for more vitamins and minerals might change, too.

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The Health Impact of Isolation on Older Adults


There is growing concern among aging experts about the negative health impact of isolation and loneliness on older adults. Though technically speaking isolation and loneliness are separate conditions, obvious connections exist between the two.

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Supporting an Aging Parent: How to Know When It's Time to Get Help

Caring for an aging parent on your own can be both rewarding and all-consuming. Making medical decisions, managing financial matters, and tending to daily care often become increasingly stressful and exhausting as time goes on.

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Step by Step: Tips for Fall Prevention at Home

 

According to the CDC, one in four Americans aged 65 and older falls each year. In fact, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, making it the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among this group. What’s even more alarming? Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. But just because falls are common among older adults doesn’t mean it has to happen to you, particularly if you follow these tips for fall prevention at home.

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Funding Your Future: Cost of Senior Living versus Aging at Home

It’s no surprise that the majority of people over age 65 prefer to live at home. One of the key reasons is the perception that staying home is less expensive. With worries of outliving savings, many believe senior living communities are financially out of reach. What may surprise you, however, is that’s often not the case. Let’s take a look at the cost of senior living versus aging at home.

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Senior Downsizing Dos: Tips for a Quick Home Sale

Making the decision to downsize is a big step. Whether the move is for health reasons, financial reasons, for less hassle, to be closer to family or simply to enjoy a new adventure; you’re ready for all the future holds. But can you say the same for your home? Be sure of it with these senior downsizing dos.

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Four Home Safety Tips for Seniors

According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own home as they age. However, issues with limited mobility, vision, hearing, balance and even cognitive impairments can raise safety concerns in the home environment. To help keep yourself or your loved one safe consider these home safety tips for seniors.

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Technology to Help Older Adults Stay Engaged & Independent

As the number of older adults in this country continues to soar, so too do the technology products designed to support their independence. From pill containers that send you a text alert at dosage time to progressive transportation solutions, we’ll talk about a few you might want to explore.

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The Pros and Cons of Moving to Senior Living vs Aging at Home

When older adults first begin to plan for retirement, one question that almost always comes up is where to live. Aging in place at home is one potential solution. Moving to senior living is another.

There are definite pros and cons to consider with each. It’s important to take time to consider both.

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