Can Pets Slow Cognitive Decline Among Soloagers?

There is mounting evidence that people who are lonely or socially isolated may suffer a variety of negative health consequences. But with our nation’s growing number of “soloagers” — people who, by choice or circumstance, are aging alone — one of the most concerning findings is the correlation between social isolation and a 50% increase [...]

By |2024-01-15T18:36:46-05:00January 16th, 2024|

Social Connection Among the Benefits of Retirement Communities

It is a busy time of year for many as calendars are filled with holiday parties and family gatherings. But for some, particularly retirees living alone, this season puts a painful exclamation point on the loneliness and social isolation they must endure year-round. With study after study showing the detrimental effects being lonely and secluded [...]

By |2024-04-15T13:51:03-04:00December 12th, 2023|

How Some Grocery Stores Are Helping Alleviate Loneliness

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation conducted a National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) in January 2023, which asked 2,563 people between the ages of 50 and 80 about their social connections and any feelings of isolation they were experiencing in their lives. The poll’s findings revealed that many older people, [...]

By |2023-10-30T13:31:11-04:00October 31st, 2023|

Many Senior Living Residents Fared Better than Non-Residents During COVID

Do you remember what you were doing the last week of April in 2020? Odds are, you weren’t doing much of anything as the COVID-19 lockdown was in full force in numerous areas of our nation. It was a lonely time for many people as the social isolation intended to keep us safe wore on [...]

By |2023-08-05T17:29:42-04:00April 25th, 2023|

The Senior Loneliness Epidemic Continues Post-Pandemic

Although COVID may never be completely gone, many aspects of life have returned to our pre-pandemic “normal.” A recent poll shows that this normalcy includes levels of loneliness reported by seniors. Yet these latest statistics around senior loneliness are still nothing to celebrate, according to experts. Quantifying senior loneliness The January 2023 National Poll on [...]

By |2023-08-05T18:08:13-04:00April 10th, 2023|

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

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 [...]

By |2023-07-21T15:29:58-04:00July 12th, 2022|

CCRC Life Enrichment Programs Add Extra Value During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had countless negative consequences. Over 150,000 Americans have lost their lives, and millions of others have become sick. Many people have lost their jobs and thousands are on the brink of losing their homes. It’s a stressful time for almost everyone. Caring for CCRC residents, physically and emotionally This has been [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:19-04:00August 3rd, 2020|

The Value of a Solid Support System During Retirement

For New Year’s, a lot of people make a resolution to improve their health. Some commit to eating a healthier diet, while others pledge to make it to the gym more often. While these steps are no doubt good for your health, it might be just as important to resolve to build and nurture your [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:38-04:00January 6th, 2020|

Saying Goodbye: How a CCRC Helps Residents Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

The death of a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult losses a person can suffer. The person you have shared your life with, raised a family with, weathered ups and downs with leaves a tremendous void when they are no longer with you. Dealing with the grief that comes with the loss [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:42:27-04:00March 18th, 2019|

The Key Difference Between Social Isolation & Loneliness

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 [...]

By |2024-01-18T08:26:53-05:00September 10th, 2018|
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