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A Hidden Pandemic Toll: The Rise in Alcohol-Related Deaths

From time to time, we like to highlight senior living-adjacent topics that are more serious in nature — including around mental and behavioral health — in the hopes of starting important conversations that are not always easy to initiate. The past two-plus years of the pandemic have tested people in countless ways. Concerns about staying [...]

By |2022-04-25T17:26:12-04:00April 26th, 2022|

Surprising Findings Around CCRC Residents’ Pandemic Stress, Resilience

As the COVID-19 pandemic now stretches into its third year, we are closing in on a staggering 1 million American deaths. Throughout this ordeal, older people have been most severely hit by the illness. But in a cruelly ironic twist, many seniors also suffered as a result of some of the measures put in place [...]

By |2022-04-19T21:44:18-04:00April 19th, 2022|

When Is It Time to Call in Care Reinforcements for an Aging Loved One?

With COVID-19 numbers down in many areas of the country, school breaks, and this month's various religious holidays, a lot of people may be visiting older family members for the first time in quite a while. It is a wonderful chance to spend time together, and it also presents an opportunity to assess how older [...]

By |2022-04-12T07:02:34-04:00April 12th, 2022|

Fore!: Why Sports Like Golf Might Prolong Seniors’ Lives

Spring is in the air in most parts of the country, and that weather is inviting us all to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! Golf enthusiasts might be particularly eager to hit the links now that temperatures are climbing and the grass is turning green. And there’s more good news for golfers. Preliminary [...]

By |2022-04-04T17:35:54-04:00April 5th, 2022|

Becoming an Educated Senior Living Consumer

This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group at Ventana by Buckner, a beautiful new continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community) in Dallas. It was a great opportunity to interact with prospective residents and help answer some of their questions on topics like financial hesitancy, for-profit [...]

By |2022-03-28T15:15:24-04:00March 29th, 2022|

The Pain of Paying for Long-Term Care is Real; A CCRC Can Help

Saving for your retirement and senior living goals is a lifelong endeavor for many people. Depending on your spending and saving style, you may have your money set aside into designated buckets for each spending objective. Mental accounting is the phenomenon by which we treat money differently based on where the money came from and [...]

By |2022-03-21T09:53:09-04:00March 22nd, 2022|

Could Moving to a CCRC Secure Your Life’s Legacy?

If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased. —Maya Angelou March marks Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate the women who have changed our world for the better. Names like Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, and Amelia Earhart might naturally come to mind, but [...]

By |2022-03-15T05:52:30-04:00March 15th, 2022|

How Psychology Impacts Motivations Behind a Senior Living Move

This week, I was reading about the psychology of human motivations and decision-making. I’m not a psychologist or sociologist, but it is interesting to consider what motivates those people who opt to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or other type of senior living community. Specifically, I was reading about Abraham Maslow, who [...]

By |2022-03-08T08:52:15-05:00March 8th, 2022|

“I’m Not Ready Yet” Part 3: Younger Can Be Better for a CCRC Move

In the “I’m Not Ready Yet” blog series, we will be taking an in-depth look at some of the most common reasons why people put off a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or other senior living community. We’ve covered two common reasons people delay a move to a continuing care retirement community [...]

By |2022-03-01T07:01:19-05:00March 1st, 2022|

“I’m Not Ready Yet” Part 2: The Cost of Peace of Mind

In the “I’m Not Ready Yet” blog series, we will be taking an in-depth look at some of the most common reasons why people put off a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or other senior living community. In last week’s post, we talked about one of the common reasons that people put [...]

By |2022-02-22T09:14:05-05:00February 22nd, 2022|
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