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The Value of OutdoorsSpending time outdoors can make a huge positive impact on the lives of seniors. In a world of complicated health issues, such a simple thing as going outside can make a big difference in our well-being. Spending time surrounded by nature is a great way to stay healthy, lighten your mood and interact with others in your community.

As we age, living situations, medical conditions, mobility issues and more can influence how we spend our time and limit our opportunities to get out and about. It’s not uncommon to experience increased boredom, loneliness, depression or lack of energy. However, research shows that time spent outdoors can alleviate sluggishness and provide a number of valuable mental and physical health benefits.

With warm, summer days

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Active adult living in a 55+ community or a retirement village where fellow retirees spend time together in close community may be one of the keys to a happy and healthy retirement. As we walk new retirees through their planning process, we always encourage them to make staying connected to a community a top priority.

Staying connected with family and making new friends typically involves taking on significant projects and healthy endeavors with those groups. Here are a few ways to make the most of your community when it’s time for your own retirement lifestyle planning:

Take Up a Major Project or Hobby

Service to others and helping family and friends with their needs have been linked to the happiness of retirees. Whether knitting blankets for

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Every move presents its challenges, but in the case of a move to a 55+ Living community, independent living community, or other senior living arrangement, the transition can prove challenging. One of the ways that we encourage families to walk through this season of life is to carefully invest in personalizing the home, condo, apartment, or room.

Here are a few ways that we advise families to personalize their living spaces:

Go for the Quick Decorating Wins

Look for curtains, towels, throw rugs, pictures, and lamps that can add color and warmth to the room. These are affordable ways to add a personal touch to a new living space without cracking open a can of paint.

While it’s always ideal to bring over pictures, furniture, and any other

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Today, more and more adults of retirement age are choosing to release the hassles of homeownership and move to a senior living community. Healthy seniors have a wide array of options to choose from, including senior-specific independent living communities or ones that boast a full continuum of care services. The latter, referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Communities, or CCRCs, arguably offer seniors the most options for a healthy lifestyle now and in the future.

Considering the host of services and campus amenities CCRCs provide, it’s not surprising that the possibilities available at such a community are reflected in the cost. Many seniors looking into a CCRC for the first time may be surprised by the sticker-shock surrounding the entrance fee,

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Planning for retirement often involves big questions about where to live, what kind of community to choose, and whether it’s more viable to stay put or to sell a home. Those who sell their homes tend to retire in a 55+ community or a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community). The questions that determine where to live and what kind of community is best often boil down to the matter of creating a healthy lifestyle.

We often advise our clients that a healthy retirement lifestyle can be directly linked with the kind of community they choose. What kind of lifestyle will be the healthiest for your retirement years? Here are a few tips from the experts:

Stay Engaged for a Healthy Retirement

Studies continue to show that life spans are longer for

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Most of us have our own ideas about what senior living looks like. Many believe that “senior living community” is interchangeable with the term “nursing home,” but they are in fact two very different things. While many leading senior living communities do provide higher level healthcare services and assistance found in traditional nursing homes, they offer seniors so much more than simply age-related support. 

Today, leading senior living providers focus on delivering an ideal senior lifestyle, complete with comfort, freedom and options. Often, it takes a family visiting a community to actually dispel the myths they’ve believed about a community lifestyle. When this happens, senior living communities usually surpass expectations.Dispelling Myths

10 Common Myths

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scamWhile the retirement years can be a time of leisure activities, service to the community, and simplified living, there are also some added challenges. Scammers and con artists are often more likely to target the elderly and senior citizens because they believe the elderly are less likely to prosecute them or to alert their relatives.

As we walk our clients through their retirement planning options, guarding their finances is a major part of guaranteeing they can live in a retirement community or 55+ living community that matches their lifestyles. Here are a few of the most common scams to watch out for:

Spot These FREE Offers for Senior Citizens Scam

Any offer of a free vacation, vitamins, medical products, or services that would otherwise be

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So, you’ve decided to move to a retirement community. After a lot of thought, you’ve concluded that the convenience, comfort and peace of mind will simplify your lifestyle and let you enjoy the retirement you’ve worked hard to achieve. You’re one of many of today’s 55+ adults who feel the same way. Now you just need to choose – which community is right for you?

If you’re just starting your search, you might be thinking that all 55+ communities are the same. While it’s true that most senior living communities offer similar types of services, such as living accommodations, basic utilities and some kind of special programming, it’s safer to assume that no two communities are alike. Communities differ in what types of care services (if any) they offer,

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When we discuss comparisons of different independent living communities with families and individuals making different types of retirement plans, our conversations often cover a variety of options and choices that they didn’t even realize they had. This can be empowering for senior citizens who are retirement planning, but it can also prove overwhelming.

Here’s a brief overview of some senior living options that come up when comparing independent senior living communities:

Your Retirement Living Options

When walking families through their options for retirement, I like to make sure we’re on the same page about the independent living options that could range from apartment complexes to independent living communities and assisted living

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For seniors looking for an easy, attainable way to stay active, walking may be the perfect solution. Unlike playing a sport or joining a gym, walking is free, adaptable and can be done almost anywhere. And, the remarkable health benefits are enough to convince even the most resistant exercisers to give the daily walk a try.

We all know that physical activity is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise helps improve muscle tone, heart and lung health, contributes to weight loss and enhances mood. However, getting started isn’t always easy. Walking is a simple, low impact activity that has major benefits. Seniors who spend just a half hour walking are taking huge steps in maintaining their overall health and well-being.

Unexpected Benefits of a

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