10 Cost Questions You Can’t Forget to Ask | Understanding the costs of senior living communities

A version of this article originally appeared in Angie’s List Expert Articles.

Touring senior living communities? Trying to decide which is best for you or a loved one? You’ve probably done your homework ahead of time by viewing the community’s website, preparing your list of questions to ask, and reading the advice of do’s and don’ts during your search process. But are you prepared to ask some detailed questions about the dollars?

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Fashion Over 50 | 7 sensible ways to channel the trends from fashion weeks around the world

With February coming to a close, we’ve enjoyed the holiday of love and even some warmer to send the snow on its merry way. Did you also know that this month saw three very popular fashion weeks, too? That’s right – New York Women, London, and Milan all took to the runway in full force this month.

One of our most popular boards on Pinterest is our “Fifty and Better Style” board, which goes to show that a sense of style is important no matter someone’s age. So, maybe you’re thinking, “Of course I knew about the fashion weeks that took place this month,” because you were riveted to the runway and watched with bated breath to see each of this season’s fashions being unveiled. Or, maybe not?

If you were not one of the fashionistas who paid close attention to the trends this month, but still wouldn’t mind staying in the loop of what’s considered “fashionable” this season, fear not. We’ll give you the condensed recap and a few spot-on suggestions for how to channel your inner fashionista in a practical way.

Here are 7 of the top trends that fashion weeks presented this year:

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Boosting the Immune System in the Golden Years | 8 no-nonsense tips

Like it or not, cold, flu, and just-about-everything-else season is upon us. While we’d all like the sniffles (or worse) to leave us alone, we can’t just cross our fingers and hope for the best. Particularly so for older adults, when the immune system can begin to decline, taking extra steps to support your system takes effort. Luckily, there are several things we can do to give our bodies a healthy boost that aren’t difficult at all. In fact, we think you’ll like these 8 tips way better than you’d like sniffling and sneezing, so give them a try!

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Senior Communities with a Continuum of Care | What’s the Big Deal? 5 reasons a Continuing Care Retirement Community is a great choice

A version of this article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

If you’ve ever visited a senior living community, you may have noticed that some offer only independent senior apartments, or only assisted and memory care units, while others offer a combination of options. All types of senior communities are wonderful entities, and they benefit countless individuals. One thing to consider, though, is the value of a senior community that offers the complete continuum of care – that is, a place where one can age in place without having to pick up and move the minute they need a higher level of care or different services.

Read on for our top five reasons a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, is a stellar choice:

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2015 | Blogs in Review

We’ve had a fantastic year and appreciate all who’ve read our blog! WordPress.com has prepared an intriguing 2015 annual report for this site – read on to enjoy some stats!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Moving to a Senior Living Community? Add these 5 things to your “to-do” list!

check mark, list, boxes, check list, to-do list A version of this article originally appeared on Angie’s List

If you or a loved one are preparing to make a move to a senior living community, your head is undoubtedly buzzing with errands to run, appointments to make, and papers to complete before the big day. In the flurry of tasks, there are often a few simple but essential things that get overlooked.

Remember to get these five items squared away before the bustle of moving day – you’ll be pleased you did!

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15 Gift Ideas for a Loved One at a Senior Living Community | Make the holidays bright with a thoughtful gift

The season of giving is upon us, and while many of us find joy in giving gifts, sometimes the task of figuring out the perfect item can be a stressor. For that special loved one who lives in a senior living community, perhaps it seems that they already have everything they could possibly want, or maybe they’ve downsized and the last thing they need is more “stuff.” This can make the conundrum of what to give particularly puzzling.

In an effort to help minimize the stress associated with this gift decision, here are 15 great ideas that we think would be very much appreciated by someone who lives in a senior community:

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5 Things You Need to Know About Memory Care

A version of this article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

Ibrain, knowledge, understand, memory, memory care, alzheimer's, dementiaf you’ve ever known someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that there is no cure or simple way to overcome it. Since the memory loss can alter personality and/or abilities to perform basic everyday tasks, a special kind of supportive care is often required. Loved ones must learn to adapt their interactions and expectations, which can be emotionally and physically draining.

Thankfully, there are specific types of communities that cater to people with memory loss, and they can be a life saver for the individual and their loved ones. Memory Care communities provide supportive care in a secure environment. Caregivers are present 24/7, and they are specifically trained not only in caregiving, but in working with people who experience memory loss.

So what else is there to know about Memory Care? Here are five biggies:

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6 Travel Tips for an Easy Breezy Holiday Trip

thanksgiving meal, family, gathering, dinner, turkeyIt’s beginning to feel like the holiday season, isn’t it? If you’ve begun to iron out your plans for holiday celebrations in the coming months, chances are they include a bit of travel. Perhaps you’re catching a flight or hopping onto a train, bus, or car ride at some point between now and year-end. While travel around the holidays can be festive and full of the excitement that comes with being close to loved ones, it can be stressful. To cut down on some of that unnecessary hassle, we suggest incorporating these six simple tips into your planning process.

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Comparing 4 Common Levels of Care at Senior Living Communities – IL, AL, or SNF? Oh my!

This article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

If you know a bit about senior living communities, you know that options abound. There are options about which community to choose. There are options about the floor plan of choice. There are options about how many meals to eat in the restaurant per day, which recreational groups to join, and which day works best for a weekly housekeeping appointment.

But what about the different types of buildings you may find as part of a senior living community? Before you can even delve into all those choices, it’s imperative that you know the basics about four common types of senior living buildings / units / levels of care. From there, you can work with your family, your physician, and the nurse at the senior community to determine the best level of care for you and carry on with the next sea of choices!

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