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Pre-Crisis vs. Post-Crisis Planning: Confronting Life’s Unknowns

Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By: Clare Connection

“Planning for a crisis”: It almost sounds like an oxymoron. But as we grow older, it becomes a matter of practicality. Yes, we’d all like to think that we will be healthy and able-bodied for the rest of our lives, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. And that’s where planning for a crisis comes into play.

I was recently talking with a friend whose 84-year-old father had suffered a sudden health emergency, which necessitated life-saving surgery followed by several weeks in the hospital. As the day of his discharge approached, the family was frantically trying to determine a “plan.” They had to make arrangements for their father to be transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility in a city that was over an hour from home; they had to make provisions for their elderly mother so that she could be both cared for and close to her husband of 57 years in the rehab facility. Needless to say, it was a stressful time for everyone in the family.

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The Number 1 Deciding Factor When Choosing a CCRC

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

By: Clare Connection

The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.
- Audrey Hepburn

What makes you happy?

It’s a broad question, and the answer is unique to each person. Maybe you’re an extrovert who loves spending time out and about with friends and meeting new people. Maybe it’s traveling…seeing the world and experiencing new things. Maybe you’re more of a homebody who relishes time spent with family.

As we age, we gain the wisdom to embrace and prioritize the things that truly matter in life, things like family and friendship, health, and security. And the decision to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), also called a life plan community, often involves an amalgamation of these priorities.

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4 Ways CCRCs Help Seniors Stay Healthy

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

By: Clare Connection

According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) World Factbook, which tracks life expectancy at birth for every country in the world, revealed a surprising truth: In 2016, with a life expectancy of 79.8 years, the United States was only ranked 42 out of 224 countries. I don’t know about you, but I would have thought we’d be higher on the list! In fact, number one on the list, Monaco, has a life expectancy nearly 10 years longer than people in the U.S.

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How CCRCs Can Ease Retirement-Related Fears

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By: Clare Connection

One subject that is frequently voiced among prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or “life plan communities”) revolves around the stress associated with envisioning and planning for the future, and indeed, it can feel like a daunting task since none of us has the luxury of a crystal ball. The results of a recent survey speak directly to some of these concerns.

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"…but I love my home”: Is Staying in Your House the Right Move?

Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

By: Clare Connection

Recently, I was talking with a sales counselor at a retirement community who said something she often hears from prospective residents is, "I like what your community has to offer, but I just love my home."

I truly understand this sentiment. My job necessitates a fair amount of travel, and while I enjoy getting to see new places and meet new people on these trips, nothing beats the feeling of comfort and familiarity of walking through the door when I get home. This same mindset is likely a big reason why a huge majority (80 to 90 percent) of people over the age of 65 want to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

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