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How to Differentiate Between Rental Retirement Communities

I’ve written several blog posts on the lingo used within the senior living industry. Some of the industry’s terms are more easily understood than others, however. For example, in last week’s blog post, we explored the meaning of “independent living” and how this label is applied to different senior living and care scenarios. This week, [...]

By |2021-04-18T05:46:43-04:00February 1st, 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|

When Will Independent-Living CCRC Residents Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Our nation has experienced an agonizing nine months as millions of people have been infected with COVID-19 and hundreds of thousands have died. So, it was an emotional moment this past week as we watched the first Americans receive the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. As I wrote recently, it is also welcome news that healthcare [...]

By |2021-04-12T08:57:33-04:00December 21st, 2020|

The Evolution of Senior Living in the U.S.

I hope you have been enjoying our new audio podcast, entitled “Aging is a Trip,” which takes a candid, but lighthearted look at numerous aspects of aging and retirement. Dr. Karen Wilson In a recent two-part interview, I was honored to speak with Dr. Keren Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in gerontology and [...]

By |2021-04-12T09:02:49-04:00August 17th, 2020|

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|

The Pros & Cons of 55+ Active Adult Communities

As you are exploring your senior living options, you may have looked at what is referred to as an “active adult community.” These are 55 and over “age-restricted” or “age-qualified” communities, typically meaning that someone in the residence must be at least 55 years old. What defines an active adult community? Active adult communities aren’t [...]

By |2021-04-21T12:13:47-04:00April 9th, 2018|

Will a CCRC Move Me to Assisted Living Too Soon?

I enjoy receiving comments and feedback from people who read our blog and use the myLifeSite tools; they offer so many valuable insights into the senior living decision process. I recently got an email from a myLifeSite reader who told me that she and her husband are fully committed to moving to a continuing care [...]

By |2017-10-31T16:29:49-04:00October 30th, 2017|

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|

Is “Aging Independently” a Myth?

I read an article recently from PBS Newshour entitled “How to Stay Out of a Nursing Home and Age Independently.” It discusses a recent study out of Sweden that identified several factors that predicted a senior’s likelihood of living independently into their 80s. Some may call this "aging independently." The study’s lead author, geriatrician Kristin Franzon, [...]

By |2021-06-25T11:10:26-04:00August 21st, 2017|
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