Senior living communities

Black seniors are harder hit by COVID-19 — here's why

In April, a COVID-19 outbreak took place at an Atlanta-based nursing home where almost all residents of the 186-bed facility are Black. More than 120 residents and staff fell ill, according to the Washington Post. This is just one alarming example of many that underlines how the racial divide is... more

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8 questions to make choosing a CCRC easier

If you’re just beginning to dip your toe into the world of senior caregiving, there are several acronyms you’ll find pop up frequently — CCRC being just one example. So what does it stand for? A CCRC is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, which is essentially a residential hamlet for... more

10 ways to make moving easier for your senior loved one

Whether they’re downsizing to an apartment or taking a room in a relative’s home, moving can be a very challenging event for an aging loved one for various reasons. Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of “Aging Joyfully” says that might be in part because the... more

Intentional communities 101: Your guide to a social option for seniors

One third of seniors are lonely, according to the latest National Poll on Healthy Aging. Loneliness can have a very real impact on one's physical and mental health, putting people at higher risk for everything from high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, anxiety and depression to heart disease... more

How much does Medicaid pay for assisted living?

For many seniors, making the switch to assisted living can come with a host of challenges — not the least of which is how to pay for it.   After all, a private, one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living facility costs a median of $4,000 per month in the... more

An expert's 7 steps for helping your parents downsize

Maybe your parents are moving from the four-bedroom house where you grew up to a two-bedroom apartment, or from an apartment to an assisted living facility, or even in with you. Whatever the situation, they’re going to have less space. That means it is time to downsize.  While “downsizing” can sound... more

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Nursing home vs. assisted living: Choosing the best community for your loved one

It can be a difficult and emotional choice to start looking for care outside the home for your aging loved one. As the primary decision-maker, there are two main factors to take into consideration: the level of care needed and what it will cost. Whether your aging relative needs a... more

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Watch out for these hidden costs of assisted living

Once you’ve made the decision that assisted living would be a good move, the next question is usually: How much will it cost? The national median cost for assisted living is $3,750 per month, but prices vary widely from state to state and facility to facility, according to Genworth.  The way assisted... more