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 |2023-08-03T09:31:54-04:00January 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 |2023-08-03T09:31:56-04:00December 21st, 2020|

Long-Term Care Tops the COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient List

Finally: Some good news on the COVID-19 front! The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which shows a 95 percent efficacy rate, as well as the Moderna vaccine with its 94 percent efficacy, are both being fast-tracked by the FDA for emergency use. There is optimism that they will receive approval in the U.S. any day now, and initial [...]

By |2023-08-05T14:31:25-04:00December 7th, 2020|

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 |2023-08-03T09:32:12-04:00November 23rd, 2020|

Study Finds Potential Health Benefits to Living in a CCRC

In a recent blog post, I shared the results of an interesting study out of Washington State University that found that where you live can influence your lifespan. It looked at people’s gender, race, and education level, as well as locales’ walkability, socioeconomics, and working-age population and tied it to the number of centenarians in [...]

By |2023-08-05T16:22:21-04:00October 26th, 2020|

Does Your Location Determine Your Lifespan?

Is it possible that where you live could determine how healthy you are and how long you live? There’s mounting evidence that the answer to this question may be yes. I’ve written before about so-called “Blue Zones” — areas around the world that have a higher-than-average number of centenarians (people reaching age 100+). A recent [...]

By |2023-08-05T10:02:43-04:00October 12th, 2020|

How the Pandemic Has Impacted Thoughts About Senior Living

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life with many people becoming sick, losing loved ones, losing jobs, and/or struggling with childcare. Throughout all of this, I have been mindful of how the pandemic is affecting people mentally, especially seniors who are in the highest-risk category for the virus. And I’ve also wondered [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:16-04:00October 5th, 2020|

Kindness Matters: How Volunteering Can Benefit Seniors’ Health

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” -- Fred Rogers (a.k.a., Mr. Rogers) There is plenty of bad news to go around lately. From news updates on COVID-19 to stories [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:16-04:00September 21st, 2020|

Is It Safe for Seniors to Travel?

Many older Americans worked hard for decades, rarely taking time off. This is why one of the activities that people often look forward to with their retirement is having the freedom to travel. So that raises the question: Is it safe for seniors to be travelling right now? Or should seniors hit the breaks on [...]

By |2023-08-05T14:22:57-04:00September 14th, 2020|

Eliminating Taboos to Help Address Anxiety Among Seniors

If you’ve been feeling a little stressed lately, you’re far from alone. The COVID-19 crisis has created elevated anxiety levels for many people. People can experience feelings of anxiety in a number of ways, but it is often described as feeling worried, nervous, irritable, or “on edge.” Some people with anxiety feel a sense of [...]

By |2023-08-05T14:01:04-04:00August 31st, 2020|
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