Helpful Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

One of the main reasons older adults put off downsizing or moving to a retirement community is dealing with all the “stuff” that has accumulated over the years. Yet, if done right, the process of downsizing may not be as daunting as you think. It may even be enjoyable or refreshing at times. A lot of the physical work can be done by others, so your main role is to categorize, organize, and direct. Continue reading

3 Must Ask Questions When Considering a Life Plan Community

Life plan communities, sometimes still referred to as a Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs, provide peace of mind for many retirees who live independently today but seek the comfort of knowing that assisted living or skilled medical care is available if and when needed.  However, many life plan communities require a fairly substantial entry fee, on top of monthly service fees, in exchange for a commitment to provide lifetime housing and care. Therefore, choosing the right community the first time is an important decision. Continue reading

What is a “Continuum of Care”?

If you have been looking at various senior living options, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also called life plan communities), you have likely heard or seen the term “continuum of care” used. It’s an important concept when it comes to the variety of services provided by retirement communities, but I find it is also a term that is unclear to many prospective residents. So, let’s dig in and answer the commonly asked question: What is a “continuum of care”? Continue reading

Meeting Seniors Where They Are on Their CCRC Journey

A few years ago, I approached my pastor about a challenge I was facing as an adult Sunday school teacher: I was struggling with reconciling the various views and opinions that were voiced each week among members of my class. My pastor told me something I’ll always remember: “The most important thing,” he said, “is to meet them where they are in their journey.” Continue reading