What’s the True Cost of Staying in the Home?

Again and again, research finds that most senior adults say they want to remain in their home, at least as long as possible. While there are many reasons for this, cost is a consideration. Many people believe that it will cost less for them to remain in their existing home than to move to a [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:31:53-04:00February 22nd, 2021|

You May Be Able to Deduct Some CCRC Costs from Your Taxes

Over the past months since COVID-19 turned our world upside down, I’ve done a few dozen webinars for prospective residents of various retirement communities across the country focused on planning for the future in an uncertain environment. One of the most common questions that I get during the Q&A portion of these sessions continues to [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:18-04:00August 24th, 2020|

Many People Underestimate Their Future Cost of Care

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have experienced some sticker shock. According to USDA forecasts, grocery prices are expected to increase an average of 3 percent this year. This surge is being led by beef prices, which are predicted to rise by 8 percent versus 2019 costs, as well as pork, [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:19-04:00August 10th, 2020|

A Secure Future: An Actuarial Perspective on CCRC Financial Viability

If you are a regular follower of our blog then you know I am a fan in general of life plan communities, also referred to as CCRCs or “continuing care retirement communities.” Just this week, I spoke with a resident of a CCRC who told me she had lived there for 16 years, and it [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:39-04:00December 9th, 2019|

Is a CCRC a Good Financial Fit for You?

Prior to starting myLifeSite, I spent nearly 14 years in the financial planning business, helping many older adults manage their retirement and long-term care plans. In fact, it was during my time in the industry that I recognized a need for better guidance related to complex senior living decisions, particularly when it comes to navigating [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:42:03-04:00August 19th, 2019|

The Cost of a CCRC vs. the Value to Residents

A few weeks ago, I shared a blog post, which discussed some of the reasons why it is wise to make a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC or life plan community) sooner rather than later. Among the advantages of moving to a CCRC sooner, it can be easier to get acclimated and [...]

By |2023-07-26T10:00:16-04:00July 29th, 2019|

Financial Advisors: Be Careful with Opinions on Senior Living

In a former life, prior to founding myLifeSite, I was a financial advisor (FA) for nearly 14 years. Some of the older adults I advised were interested in the benefits of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community)—especially the on-site access to a continuum of care services—but there were a variety of [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:42:54-04:00November 5th, 2018|

Why Every Retiree Should Consider a Retirement Community

There are certain adages I distinctly recall my mother saying when I was a child. Among her repertoire of time-tested axioms: “Don't judge a book by its cover,” “Things are not always what they seem,” plus, of course, “You won't know until you try.” (And yes, in a karmic twist, I now say these exact [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:43:14-04:00August 20th, 2018|

Medicaid Trusts and Continuing Care Retirement Communities

I was speaking to a group of prospective residents for a new life plan retirement community (also known as a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC) when a question came up about “Medicaid trusts” and how the existence of one could impact a resident of a CCRC. More specifically, I had finished a discussion about [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:43:14-04:00August 13th, 2018|

The Impact of Socioeconomics on Positive Aging

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about 90-year-old oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and his inspiring attitude about growing older, despite several recent health setbacks. In the article, Pickens suggests being “the eternal optimist who is excited to see what the next decade will bring.” He continues: “I remain excited every day, engaged and thrilled [...]

By |2024-05-27T15:58:00-04:00July 30th, 2018|
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