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What’s the Difference Between a CCRC and a Life Plan Community?

What's the Difference Between a CCRC and a Life Plan Community

Independent livingWhat's the Difference Between a CCRC and a Life Plan Community, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, continuing care retirement community (CCRC), life plan community… navigating the landscape of the various types of senior living communities can be …Read more ›

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Not All Senior Communities Are the Same

senior_livingWhen you hear the term “senior living,” what comes to mind? Do you think of carefree seniors enjoying themselves on a golf course or in a water aerobics class? Do you picture older adults playing cards or watching movies together? Do you think of a memory-impaired individual being assisted by a specially trained staff member — or a physically impaired individual receiving the care of a …Read more ›

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Smart Shopping Tip for Beachfront Retirement

If you’re dreaming of a warm, beachy retirement, look no further than … all the southern beaches! That’s what suggests in an article about “picking the perfect retirement home.” Exploring beyond the cities you have in mind may reveal a more affordable area with the same climate.

When looking for a warm place to retire, keep in mind that not all beachfront communities are created equal. Many coastal communities fetch …Read more ›

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Luxury Retirement Retirement Communities Featuring Dog Parks, Sports Bars

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a luxury retirement community? The Wall Street Journal offers a peek at some here. They look at independent living communities and continuing-care retirement communities. From the article:

Today’s 55-and-older communities boast everything from entertainment areas with videogames and computers to state-of-the-art gyms with personal trainers and activities like age-modified Zumba and belly-dancing classes. Some have dog parks so that beloved pets have …Read more ›

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Retirement Community Targets Indian Immigrants

There are all kinds of niche retirement communities out there. But thus far, if you were a Hindu Indian-American, alas, there was no special place for you—until now.

Information technology professional Iggy Ignatius has started what he calls “the first retirement housing plan targeting a specific immigrant group in the country,” reports Religion News Service. It’s in Orlando, FL, and it’s called ShantiNiketan. Want to buy in?

A two-bed, two-bath condo costs approximately $160,000, …Read more ›

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Moving to a Retirement Community? Beware the Desert

If a retirement community is in your future—or your parents’—beware a drought, suggests The Huffington Post. That doesn’t just mean look out for the desert. … Though it partly does.

In “Retirement Communities: The 7 Things You Should Ask,” you’ll find some interesting tips for evaluating retirement communities that you may not have considered. And you’ll find a few it’s good to be reminded of. For example, think location, location, location. …Read more ›

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How to Find the Best Retirement City for You

The Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, has named its picks for the best cities for “successful aging” in the U.S. But what’s best for most people may not be best for you. So reports:

Readers can also go the institute’s website to weigh the indicators that are most important to them, creating a new set of city rankings individualized to their needs.

To do this, at the …Read more ›

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Retirement Community Is “Only As Good As Its Administrator.” What to Look For.

When evaluating a retirement community, don’t just consider the caregivers. Look higher up the totem pole—all the way to the top—recommends Andrew Carle, executive-in-residence at George Mason University’s Program in Senior Housing Administration.

He tells, in Alexandria, VA, that the people who run the facility, whether it be for independent living, assisted living or nursing-home care, set the tone.

“A community is only as good as its administrator,” said  Carle. “Have …Read more ›

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Seniors Tutor Students at Retirement Community With a School

Last week, we talked about a senior center that morphed into a multigenerational center, allowing kids and older people to interact, rather than segregating the seniors from the community. Now, how about an entire retirement community that does that?

In a slideshow about niche retirement communities, profiles NewBridge on the Charles, a retirement community in Dedham, MA, run by Hebrew SeniorLife. Right there on campus is the …Read more ›

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A Retirement Community on a Yacht

How would you like to move into a retirement community that happens to be on a yacht? That’s what some people are doing, reports But, as you might guess, a room comes at a cost.

The World of Residency is a privately owned luxury yacht with 165 residences that sails the world. And a studio can cost $600,000, says Jan Cullinane, author of “The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to …Read more ›

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