Category «Senior Living»

4 Downsizing Tips for New Assisted Living Residents

As people grow older, it makes perfect sense to establish some sort of assisted living arrangement. Assisted living communities offer great opportunities for seniors to remain independent while helping their families care for their needs. But if a senior is used to more space, it can be hard to fit all of their belongings into …

4 Decorating Tips for Assisted Living Apartments: Family Photos, Hobbies, and More

This is a guest contribution from our friends at ABODO.  As Americans age, maintaining a home can be a burden, especially if you have health issues. That’s why many people choose assisted living communities for their retirement years. Such facilities help seniors maintain independence while also lessening the burdens of maintaining a household. They also …

5 Tips for Downsizing in Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond

This article is a contribution from our friends at ABODO.  Retired Americans are downsizing. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 27% of all American renters are over 55, and they accounted for 44% of renter growth from 2005 to 2016. Whether you’re moving closer to the city, switching to a smaller, easier-to-maintain house, …

How to Choose Assisted Living for Someone with Disabilities

Here’s a startling statistic: by 2020, the number of seniors is projected to outnumber children worldwide. By 2050, one-fifth of the total U.S. population will be 65+. Those 85 or older will be the fastest-growing segment over the next few decades. For many elders, life on a day-to-day basis is challenging. More than half of …

The Plaza at Clover Lake Assisted Living Facility in Carmel, NY

Imagine living in lush grandeur, with acres of beautiful gardens that someone else lovingly tends for you — even your own private lake! You’ve just described The Plaza at Clover Lake, a deluxe senior living community that offers both independent and assisted living with superb quality of life. Located on 135 acres in scenic Carmel, …

The Walpan Residence: Refined Retirement Living

  What could be finer than retiring to a charming, turn-of-the-century colonial on a quiet, residential street? Not having to worry about the upkeep — or preparing your own meals! Since 1963, The Walpan Residence in Montclair, New Jersey, has offered seniors elegant independent living in a luxurious, family-like atmosphere designed to provide all the …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities In Louisiana

If you plan to retire in the Pelican state, aka Louisiana, you will be living a good life. With many festivals and a wonderfully rich cuisine, Louisiana is well-known for its high times, year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoorsy activities. Bird-watching, fishing trips on the bayou and some 20 state parks are what you …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky

Wondering where to spend your silver years in? Think Kentucky, where the cost of living is 14% below the national average and there’s no tax on the first $41,000 of retirement income, pension or annuities. And while the state does produce 95% of the bourbon consumed in the US and 75% of all Kentucky Derby …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver …

The Most Popular Home Improvements Among Seniors and Retirees

According to a 2012 AARP report, nearly 90% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their own homes as long as they are able. The report also showed that 80% of older Americans are committed to staying in place while they age. Finally, about 25% of the respondents plan to make modifications to …

5 Must-Have Home Modifications for Seniors Aging in Place

As reported by AARP, 80% of seniors have a firm plan to age in place. There are some home modifications that should be completed to make aging in place more possible for older adults, though. These modifications are a proactive approach to increasing the level of safety in the home, and they often add convenience and …

Exercise for the Elderly: Good for the Body, Good for the Soul

As we age, few things become more apparent than how much slower we move or more forgetful we are than we were 20 years ago.  Unless, of course, you’re Demi Moore and your body is literally incapable of aging past the age of 21.  If you are fortunate enough to have no genetic predispositions to …

Home Help for the Elderly: Is it Right for Your Loved One?

Many older adults desire to stay in their homes as long as possible, avoiding placement into an assisted living or senior living setting. This can be a viable option as long as an elderly parent or loved on has adequate help in the home as additional care and support becomes necessary.  It is important however, …

Legal Services for the Elderly: Where and When to Start

Older adults will eventually encounter age-specific issues which can require legal services. But at what point should you seek legal advice, and for which situations? Is it to make end-of-life decisions or for income-related advice and support? Perhaps it is due to hardships related to consumer-related problems because unfortunately, many seniors fall prey to scams …

Role Reversal: Cohabitating with an Elderly Parent

As the population continues to age, few things become more apparent than seniors’ desire for independence coupled with wanting to stay in their own homes. It’s a comfort thing: Most people want to grow old in their home, surrounded by their personal belongings and memories. Not to mention, the exorbitant costs associated with care outside …

Top 20 College Courses for Senior Care

In universities and colleges across the country, courses and degree programs in gerontology, the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging, are on the rise. By 2030, the Administration in Aging predicts there will be more than 72 million senior citizens in the United States–up from 39 million in 2009. Demand for …

Startling Statistics Concerning Suicide among Elderly Men

Studies have shown a startling trend in the increase of suicides among older adults, which has brought the subject of elderly mental health into the spotlight. Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health show that suicide among older adults is more common than most realize and more disproportionate to suicides committed by any other …

What are Residents’ Rights?

Promoting Awareness through Residents’ Rights Awareness Month in October  Seniors living in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are entitled to the same rights as everyone else–those of dignity, choice and self-determination. The Federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law was enacted to ensure that facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are …

7 Tech Gadgets for Seniors

Maybe it’s getting a little more difficult to run the vacuum or uncork a bottle of your favorite wine, but every day, developers are working to make tasks easier, life safer and just a little more fun for seniors. Here are seven gadgets that can enable seniors to be independent and active for longer. 1. …

Great Gifts for At-Home Seniors Who Have Everything

It won’t be long before we start making our holiday gift lists. Inevitably, we will all have someone who is hard to shop for either because they don’t ask for anything or they already have everything. Although it is the thought that counts, we all want to make sure the gifts we give are not …

Tips to Remember for Improving Communication with Elderly or Aging Parents

Let’s face it.  We’ve all had difficult patches with our parents now and again.  Most likely, the worst of it was during those “rebellious teen” years when we all struggled to make our own way and assert our own independence.And in a strange (and perhaps ironic) twist of fate and aging – in many ways …

Gardening an Activity for Seniors

Gardening can be a rewarding and fun activity for senior citizens. Since, many seniors are retirees, gardening gives them an activity to occupy their free time. The elderly population is most at risk for developing depression due to the following reasons: body changes, not having the same level of energy in youth, living alone, death …

Different Options for Retirement Living

After you have worked pretty much your whole life you deserve to enjoy the rest of it. The one important rule about retirement is that you enjoy every second of it. This is the time when you get to do what you want when you want. You can officially celebrate not having to work crazy …

10 Tips for Aging Gracefully

Graceful aging is obviously something most people want to do. Not only to look fantastic later in life, but also to feel good, and still be vibrant at any age. Of course, we cannot stop the march of time, but there are things that can be done to age more gracefully. 1. Healthy Diet A …

How to Create Retirement Plan With Assisted Living in Mind

Planning for retirement can be difficult. There are many variables to consider and many things that can change as you age. When planning for retirement it is important to make sure that you plan for a normal standard of living but it is also important to include some extras. Most people do not like to …

5 Tips for Finding the Best Senior Living Properties for Your Lifestyle

Senior living properties are designed to be diverse to meet the needs of any senior and his or her family. Although many seniors need highly specialized medical care or help with daily tasks, some simply need activities and events to keep them connected or the opportunity to communicate with others on a daily basis. The …

Handicapped Vans Give You Freedom To Travel

If you’re living with a disability that makes walking difficult or you need a wheel chair than you already know that it can complicate getting from point A to point B. Buses have sections that can be adjusted to fit wheelchairs but it takes a few minutes to set up. Depending on where you live …

The Importance of Phones for the Elderly

Reliable communication is such a common, ordinary thing that we do not even think about it anymore. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 revolutionized the way we think about communication. Now, today, we have cell phones and email as well as landlines. But, to many of the elderly, a phone …

The Average Cost of Senior Living: Can You Afford It?

The average cost of senior living can range from $500 to $1500 a month, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seniors residing in assisted living facilities have a monthly average cost ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 a month. The average cost of senior living varies by state and region, but expenses are …

Technology is Helping Seniors Keep in Touch

Assisted living facilities provide a lot of peace of mind for people who have elderly family members or friends who can no longer care for themselves on their own, but even with medical specialists checking in on them, it’s still helpful to keep in touch personally. Regular visits aren’t always possible, particularly for those who …

Convalescent Homes – Exploring Convalescent Homes for the Elderly

If you are a loved one or caretaker of an elder with long-term illness, a convalescent home may be something that you have considered looking in to. Convalescent homes are generally considered housing for elderly or ill patients to recover from long term illnesses. They offer specific and immediate medical care and support to post-surgical …

Getting Older is Not the End: Tips for Healthy Aging

There is no way to prevent the process of getting older. The years go by, and you may find your body changing year after year in response to further wear and tear. Your bones and muscles ache, stairs or walking long distances is harder, and your memory isn’t what it used to be. The whole …

12 Daily Living Aids That Make Life Easier

As we get older, small annoyances in our daily life start to get more difficult. It can be harder to grip things, and vision and hearing may deteriorate. Fortunately, there are plenty of products and inventions that can be conveniently used as daily living aids, that can help make your life much easier. Reachers With …

Senior Care Options: Nursing Home Costs and Ratings for Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

Seniors in the U.S.A. qualify for the government senior health insurance programs once they turn 65-years-old.  At this age, they must sign-up for either  Medicare or Medicaid.  Medicaid is the option for very low-income seniors with few financial assets.  The benefits are different for each of these insurance programs and Medicaid is provided in partnership …

Senior Assisted Living or Independent Living: What’s the Best Choice?

When health begins to deteriorate in the elderly, it’s accompanied by a loss of control over certain aspects of their lives. For those who’ve lived with intermittent health problems all through life, the impact isn’t as great and it’s easier to make the necessary adjustments that may be required with senior assisted living. However, for …

The Best Blogs for Seniors – Best Senior Living and Elderly Care Blogs

When seeking advice about senior care, assisted living, healthcare or caregiving, the web is full of information.  Many sites are designed by professional experts and those who are experts of circumstance.  These blogs span the realm of senior oriented material, from the tech savvy senior to the caregiver raising their children while caring for their …