aging independently

“Smart Aging” Technology Makes Seniors’ Lives Simpler, Safer, More Social

We are in a golden age of sorts when it comes to technology. It seems like nearly every day, a new tech tool or service launches, designed to make our lives easier. And increasingly, these advancements — many of which involve artificial intelligence (AI) and voice activation — are geared toward seniors. Let’s take a [...]

By |2022-11-21T18:13:56-05:00November 8th, 2022|

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

“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 [...]

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

How to Constructively Talk with Parents About Senior Housing Options

As summer approaches and more and more Americans are fully vaccinated, we are seeing a sharp increase in the number of people who are travelling to see family, some of whom haven’t seen one another in well over a year. With these reunions, adult children may be confronted with an unwelcome reality: Their elderly parents’ [...]

By |2021-06-07T15:39:46-04:00May 31st, 2021|

Understanding the Different Forms of Independent Living

What do you think when you hear the term “independent living”? This phrase seems to have different connotations for different people, creating confusion. Even within the senior living industry, it gets applied to a pretty wide range of living and care situations. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of “independent living” and how [...]

By |2021-04-15T13:50:22-04:00January 25th, 2021|

Is Aging in Place the Better Option After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Nursing homes have been in the news recently as they grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These communities of vulnerable residents have been especially hard-hit by this deadly and highly contagious virus. I imagine, by extension, it’s left a lot of people wondering if the positive aspects of living in a senior living [...]

By |2021-04-12T11:18:58-04:00May 11th, 2020|

How Technology Is Reducing Long-Distance Caregiver Burden

Over the summer, I wrote about the challenges that can come with long-distance caregiving, defined as living more than an hour from the care recipient. While serving as a caregiver for a loved one under any circumstances can present a number of challenges, long-distance caregiving has its own unique set of difficulties. Long-distance caregivers have [...]

By |2021-04-18T05:52:51-04:00November 18th, 2019|

What Does “Independent Living” Mean in Senior Living?

As a follow up to my recent blog posts on the challenges of comparing continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and comparing rental retirement communities to CCRCs, I wanted to share with you the different ways that the term "independent living" is used in the senior living industry. Spoiler alert: It is a phrase that is [...]

By |2021-05-03T14:50:14-04:00June 3rd, 2019|

Mind the Gap: Seniors with Nowhere to Turn for Support

There was a heartbreaking story in the Washington Post this week about an elderly man in China named Han Zicheng, who tried putting himself up for adoption. His wife had died years ago, and his adult sons had moved away and rarely called or visited. This 85-year-old man thought he would try to find a [...]

By |2021-04-18T06:52:06-04:00May 14th, 2018|

Remain in the Home You Love: The Continuing Care at Home Model

In last week’s blog post, “’…but I love my home’: Is Staying in Your House the Right Move?,” I discussed a few of the common reasons that most people age 65 and older (80 to 90 percent) say they would like to stay in their current home as they grow older. Among this majority, they [...]

By |2017-11-24T14:53:05-05:00October 16th, 2017|

“…but I love my home”: Is Staying in Your House the Right Move?

Recently, I was talking with a sales counselor at a retirement community who said something she often hears from prospective residents is, "I like what your community has to offer, but I just love my home." I truly understand this sentiment. My job necessitates a fair amount of travel, and while I enjoy getting to [...]

By |2017-10-31T16:29:49-04:00October 9th, 2017|
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