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Senior Cohousing Can Help Address Loneliness

By |2021-12-07T09:42:45-05:00December 7th, 2021|

We’ve written before about how common loneliness is among seniors in this country. In fact, a 2018 study conducted by AARP Foundation found that 35 percent of Americans over age 45 say they are lonely — more than 1 in 3. That number is even higher among low-income groups (earning less than $25,000 per year) [...]

Solving the Baby Boomers’ Loneliness Crisis

By |2018-12-17T15:32:35-05:00December 17th, 2018|

The holiday season is a joyful time for most people as they spend time with friends and family, eating delicious food and reminiscing about good times in years past. But for others, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is particularly difficult as they struggle with loneliness and grief for loved ones who are no [...]

The Key Difference Between Social Isolation & Loneliness

By |2021-04-15T13:38:49-04:00September 10th, 2018|

A few weeks ago, Bluespire Insider, a marketing group that focuses on promoting senior living communities, hosted a virtual roundtable conversation about innovative ways to encourage social connections for residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, or life plan communities), a subject I’m always interested in learning about. The roundtable was led by John Franklin [...]

The Senior Loneliness Epidemic & Solutions to “Cure” It

By |2017-10-31T16:29:51-04:00June 19th, 2017|

Isolation is the “silent killer” affecting an estimated 8 million seniors in the U.S., but it is an epidemic that often goes unnoticed and untreated, according to a panel of experts who testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging in April of this year. On average, 40 percent of seniors are impacted by the [...]

Suicide Among Seniors: An All-Too-Common Tragedy

By |2022-09-26T20:27:57-04:00September 27th, 2022|

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, an annual initiative designed to educate people about suicide prevention as well as the warning signs of suicide. It is often a taboo topic that people avoid discussing, but suicide is indeed a major public health issue in this country. And seniors are disproportionately impacted. Trigger warnings: suicide, [...]

A Senior Living Solution That Keeps Couples with Different Care Needs Together

By |2022-09-19T14:47:17-04:00August 23rd, 2022|

A video that went viral last year highlighted an all-too-common issue. In the video, a British couple, both age 89, who had been separated by the pandemic, were finally reunited after months apart. Living in different long-term care facilities, they had not been permitted to visit one another amid COVID lockdowns. As restrictions eased, the [...]

10 Points to Consider If You Plan to Stay in Your Current Home as You Age

By |2022-09-19T14:57:48-04:00August 16th, 2022|

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” —George Augustus Moore, Irish novelist Even after going on a wonderful trip or vacation, I’m always happy to return to my own community, my house, my bed. I imagine many of you feel the same way. Our [...]

CCRCs Can Help Seniors Overcome Obstacles to Physical Activity

By |2022-09-19T15:05:06-04:00July 19th, 2022|

In the upper half of the country, summertime presents many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. While such physical activity has an array of health benefits for seniors, many people become increasingly inactive as they age, often as the result of chronic conditions or mobility limitations. In fact, according to the CDC, by the age of [...]

Why Socialization May Be CCRCs’ Top Selling Point Post-Pandemic

By |2022-09-19T15:06:45-04:00July 12th, 2022|

The senior living industry is experiencing an occupancy rebound following two challenging years spurred by the pandemic. But the reasons behind this rebound might surprise some. Assisted living sees a solid occupancy boost According to the latest quarterly occupancy data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC), which provides market data [...]

6 Ways a CCRC Simplifies Independent Living Residents’ Lives

By |2022-06-06T15:33:35-04:00June 7th, 2022|

One of the many reasons that people look forward to retirement is the opportunity to relax. It’s a time that should be about enjoying life, unencumbered by work, major responsibilities, and schedules. And for those who opt to move to a senior living community, such as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), that simplified life [...]

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