senior happiness

CCRCs Can Be Good for Seniors’ Mental and Physical Health

Although different people thrive in different environments, it’s hard to deny the research showing the health benefits often experienced by seniors who opt to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community). For example, the 2018 Age Well Study found that, when compared to a demographically similar control group [...]

By |2021-04-06T12:38:18-04:00March 29th, 2021|

CCRC Residents Share Their Thanksgiving Gratitude

It has been a trying year for nearly everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought anxiety, loneliness, and sorrow, yet we’ve also seen countless examples of people lifting each other up and embracing (figuratively) what truly matters most in life. With this in mind, and as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I asked residents of several continuing care [...]

By |2021-04-12T08:51:45-04:00November 23rd, 2020|

Could Political Divisions Hurt the Senior Living Industry?

Recently I’ve observed more prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, life plan communities) who are asking about the political affiliations of the resident population as part of the research process. And just this past week, I received a thought-provoking email from a resident of a CCRC. She was inquiring if I knew of [...]

By |2021-04-12T16:18:33-04:00November 11th, 2019|

Research Continues to Find Benefits of Retirement Communities

Are you on the fence about whether you think living in a retirement community (such as a continuing care retirement community [CCRC] or “life plan” community) is right for you? Do you think remaining in your current home is the better path to happiness during your retirement years? If you fall into either (or both) [...]

By |2021-04-12T14:50:57-04:00June 17th, 2019|

In a Good Place: Enjoying Retirement in a CCRC

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with two residents of Henry Ford Village (HFV) in Dearborn, Michigan. Let’s call them Dan and Mary. They were not a couple but had become friends over their time living in this continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community). I asked Dan and Mary the two [...]

By |2021-04-12T14:56:35-04:00April 29th, 2019|

Study Shows CCRC Residents ARE Happier and Healthier

I often talk and write about the many benefits that come with living in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or “life plan” community). Travelling to CCRCs across the U.S., I am fortunate to witness firsthand the ways so many of these communities enhance the lives of their residents, and also provide compassionate care if [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:25:05-04:00December 10th, 2018|

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 |2021-04-15T13:38:49-04:00September 10th, 2018|

How Do I Know If I’ll Be Happy Living in This CCRC?

When making a decision about moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community), there are a lot of different factors to consider. It's certainly vital to understand the financial implications and contract details, but there’s something else just as (or maybe even more) important to consider, and you won’t [...]

By |2021-04-18T07:33:15-04:00March 5th, 2018|

Are Preconceptions About Senior Living Communities Holding You Back?

The issue of ageism continues to be a hot topic lately—I’m not sure it’s becoming more of a problem or if we’re just becoming more aware of it. Perhaps it’s because the Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age at a rapid rate, and people are living longer thanks to modern medicine, so there are simply [...]

By |2018-02-06T10:53:03-05:00February 5th, 2018|

Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again

While writing last week’s post on seniors and happiness, I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with a retiree—a 68-year-old “snowbird” who winters at a senior living community in Florida. He retired almost 10 years ago from teaching high school, and since then, he has been working 6 months of the year as a [...]

By |2017-12-11T16:49:10-05:00December 11th, 2017|
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