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The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Pets and Seniors: Do You Need a Furry Friend? It’s been estimated that pets have a place in nearly 80 million United States households. Pet ownership can bring joy to all ages, and recent research confirms that Baby Boomers are the second-largest group of pet owners, just behind Millennials. There’s something comforting about a wagging tail greeting you each morning or stroking some soft fur as you settle in for the evening. What can a furry companion offer for seniors? …

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What is the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care?

At first glance, skilled nursing and long-term care seem similar. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. Both are types of care for older adults and provide essential services in a professional and caring manner. In some cases, the same community offers skilled nursing care and long-term care; the services that skilled nursing and long-term care provide often overlap too. Residents of continuing care retirement communities value having contractual access to both skilled nursing and long-term care. What is Skilled Nursing? …

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The Benefits of Living in a Faith-Based Retirement Community

There is a lot to consider when choosing a senior living community. Size, location, range of amenities, cost and available levels of care are among the top considerations, of course. Faith is also a significant factor when selecting a retirement community, as spirituality shapes, one’s emotional health and well-being. Faith-based living communities offer several important benefits that other communities may not. Faith is very important to people, particularly to those ages 65 and older. In fact, 65 percent of people …

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Assisted Living vs. Skilled Nursing

Whether you are researching senior care options for yourself or a family member, it can be difficult to understand and differentiate between all of the options. For example, what is the difference between assisted living and skilled nursing? While both are need-based, one is residential and the other is typically part of a post-hospitalization care plan and focuses on healing. In this article, we’ll help you understand the key differences between these senior care environments. What Is Assisted Living? An …

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Tips to Help Avoid Senior Scams and Scammers

Seniors lose approximately $3 billion from their savings each year because of scams in the U.S. Around one in 10 Americans age 65 and older are victimized by scammers in their lifetime, but a few tips can save you from falling prey to senior scams.   Don’t give out credit card numbers over the phone Don’t give money to family over the phone Follow the adage “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is?” Don’t give control …

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Turn Your Excess “Stuff” into Retirement Funding

Ready to downsize? If so, you’re not alone. Four in ten retirees move each year, and more than half move to a smaller home. Many adults also choose to move into a retirement community near friends, family or an area they enjoy. Downsizing means more than just moving to a smaller home, however. Before you can move you need to deal with all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. The average American home contains more than 300,000 items. That’s a lot …

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An Expert’s Perspective on Physical Distancing

As our time away from friends and family begins to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, I found the below letter a comforting perspective on why we are distancing from the most important people in our lives. I was reminded that we do this to protect the people we love the most, to respect and value our neighbors’ lives, and to preserve the communities that have given so much to us over the years. While these physical tests are …

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5 Benefits of Downsizing for Seniors

People from all walks of life are recognizing the benefits of a simpler lifestyle. Millennials have popularized the concept of minimalism, businesses are forgoing office space in the name of simplicity and many seniors consider downsizing as their daily needs and desires change. Although it’s natural to grow accustomed to a certain way of life, downsizing holds many advantages.  The True Cost of Personal Items We often end up accumulating more than we really need or even care about. This accumulation …

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Downsizing has multiple benefits for seniors.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

Baby Boomers began hitting age 65 in 2011, which means over 76 million people have officially entered their retirement years. At the same time the Boomers are retiring, the average life expectancy is also gradually increasing. While your health, lifestyle and family history of course play a role in how long you will live, many seniors today are celebrating birthdays far beyond the age of 80. In fact, according to stats from CDC, just 20 years ago a person could …

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Guide to Senior Housing

The Variety of Senior Living Options Available Today As an older adult plans for the future, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed or confused about the wide variety of senior living options you need to consider. Whether you’re looking for an active, independent lifestyle with a variety of exciting social opportunities, or need some assistance with healthcare tasks like medication management, it’s important to assess your individual situation. This way, you can ensure you choose an environment where you’ll continue …

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