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Finding senior living for yourself or a loved one can seem like a daunting task. We’re here to help you know where to start and what questions to ask.

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Image - Retiring to Charleston, South Carolina is a Golfer's Dream

Retiring to Charleston, South Carolina is a Golfer's Dream

If you are an avid golfer, then Charleston, SC and its surrounding neighborhoods should be high on your list of senior living communities to consider.

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The Top 5 Beaches to Retire to near Charleston, South Carolina

If you're looking to retire to a more comfortable climate, you may consider one of the many stunning beachside locations near Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Best Neighborhoods to Retire in Charleston, South Carolina

Surrounded by coastal scenery, calming ocean breezes and beautiful weather year-round, Charleston, SC checks all the boxes for a wholesome retirement.

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How Storytelling Helps Us Live Longer

Family storytelling is based on reminiscence therapy which has real health benefits for older adults, including those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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Decluttering Tips – Why We Cannot Let Go of Stuff

Nothing clogs our brains more than clutter. These 5 tips can help you clear the unnecessary clutter and incentivize you to live fully with less.

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What is My Real Age? The Difference Between Chronological and Biological Age

With the right diet and exercise most older adults have the potential to become super-centenarians living beyond age 120. Could you live that long?

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Brain Workouts To Keep Older Adults Sharp and Fit

As we age, our fitness routines start to focus as much on the neck up as the neck down. These brain workouts can help you stay sharp and fit for years to come.

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What Makes Retirement Communities? Activities, Of Course!

Activities can define a retirement community. Learn more about the different activities these communities can provide.

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What Is Retirement Downsizing?

Is your house feeling too big, cluttered, or expensive to maintain? Learn more about downsizing when you retire.

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Top Amenities Seniors Should Look For in Retirement Communities

We go over some of the most important amenities in retirement communities to suit your diverse needs.

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What Is A Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (also known as CCRCs and Life Plan Communities) are retirement communities that provide a continuum of services and care for seniors as they age, ranging from independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care. Typically, CCRCs are designed to be like large campuses or resorts with multiple buildings and amenities. Independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing are often separated into dedicated sections of the campus or building. In the US, there are over 2000 such communities with as many as 100 more by the end of 2019.

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Retirement Communities v. Assisted Living/Nursing Homes

It is not uncommon for people to misunderstand the differences between a retirement community and an assisted living community or nursing home. Here are the major differences between them:

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Forget Aging Gracefully — Age Successfully!

The MacArthur Foundation’s landmark ten-year study in 1998 showed that 70% of how we physically age, and 50% of how we mentally age are determined by the lifestyle choices that we make. It was this study that sought to break the stereotypes that equate aging to sickness, senility, slowness, weakness, and that longevity is predetermined by genetics.

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Different Types of Retirement Communities

For many active, independent seniors, there are several retirement community options to consider but keeping track of different types can often become confusing. Below are six factors to help you understand the key differences.

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What to Consider When Evaluating a CCRC

Choosing to sign a Life Care contract and move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community is an enormous decision that will  impact the quality and security of your life in retirement. Since it is generally something people only ever do once in their lives, most know nothing about the evaluation process at its outset. To help you navigate your decision-making and give you greater confidence you have made the right decision in the end, we have created a list of questions to consider asking.

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Senior Living Options Today

Long gone are the days when senior living conjured up images of living alone at home or moving into nursing home facilities that felt more like hospitals for the old.

Since the late 1980s, the concept of senior housing has evolved from medical care for the elderly to one of providing services to allow the aging to live with more independence. And in the last two decades, that concept has further evolved to accommodate lifestyle and quality of life choices, focusing not just on living, but living well.

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Understanding the Costs of CCRCs

While CCRCs offer the most comprehensive retirement option for seniors, they have the most complicated contracts and are the most expensive.

Here are the two primary cost components to consider:

Entrance fee also known as a “buy-in”. This is a one-time entry fee based on the size and location of the residence, as well as the type of residency care contract you choose. (More on that later.) The fee can range anywhere from $50K to even over $1M. The fee will be used to cover the costs of your growing care needs as well as providing funds for the community to operate.

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What is “Aging in Place”?

“Aging in place” is a term used to describe a person’s ability to remain in their home or community of choice for as long as possible, even as their needs for assistance and health care grow and change with age.

According to a recent AARP survey of people aged 65 and over, about 90% of seniors want to age in place.

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Finding The Senior Living Option That's Right For You

One might feel overwhelmed by the breadth of senior living choices available today. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help guide you to the right option.

Can you live independently or do you need assistance?

Determining how much physical help you need to live daily is the first thing to consider. Are you active and independent? Or, do you need assistance with some daily activities like managing medication, bathing, or dressing? Are there any health and mobility concerns you are facing?

If you need assistance, do you need medical or non-medical care?