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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community)

Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also referred to as a CCRC or life plan community, is a major decision and one that is unlike any other choice you have made before. Ultimately, it is a decision that impacts your lifestyle, finances, housing, and health care. That is why it is important to make an informed decision; one that can help secure your future, regardless of unforeseen health situations. As you weigh your options, here are some things to consider:

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019

7 Resolutions Seniors Can Make for the New Year

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.  – Charles F. Kettering, inventor, engineer, and businessman 

Roughly half of Americans admit to usually making some kind of New Year’s resolution. Yet despite their good intentions for self-improvement, only about 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution, according to statisticbrain.com, often because they set a goal that is simply too lofty.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Considering a Continuing Care Retirement Community? Here are Four Key Aspects of the Decision Process.

Continuing care retirement communities are a popular retirement living choice among older adults who live fully, or mostly, independently today but desire to live in a setting whereby long-term care services are available if needed in the future. Choosing the right community is an important often complex decision process. Here are four key aspects of the decision process: 

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Pamila Mills
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

What to Know: Caregiving for Those with Dementia-Related Cognitive Impairment - Part 2

Pamela Mills, Ingleside’s Director of Memory Programming addresses some common questions in a four-part series. 

Part 2

How do you help if you know someone going through this experience?

If you know someone who is living this experience, please get involved. Ask how you can help. Perhaps go to the Dementia Friendly America website and take the quick training on how to be dementia friendly. Encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How Do I Know If I’ll Be Happy Living in This CCRC?

When making a decision about moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community), there are a lot of different factors to consider. It's certainly vital to understand the financial implications and contract details, but there’s something else just as (or maybe even more) important to consider, and you won’t find all the answers in a brochure.

One of the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a CCRC is your happiness. Will you be happy living there on a day-to-day basis? Naturally, this applies to not only those considering a CCRC but also other types of retirement communities. However, choosing a CCRC is typically a bigger commitment—financially and otherwise—so it’s even more important to make sure your first choice is the right choice.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018

When to Get On the Wait List at a Retirement Community

If you or a loved one is considering senior living options, you likely have begun doing research on retirement communities. With all of the differing communities, it can be a lot to take in so the decision process can take some time. Once you home in on a few specific places that meet your criteria, you may want to consider getting your name on their waiting lists.

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Pamela Mills
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018

What to Know: Caregiving for Those with Dementia-Related Cognitive Impairment

Pamela Mills, Ingleside’s Director of Memory Programming addresses some common questions in a four-part series.

Part 1
What challenges do people face when caring for a friend or family member with dementia-related cognitive impairment?

Assisting a person with a dementia-related cognitive disease can be an all-encompassing life experience that can be gratifying, but also extremely stressful. There is no easy method to being a caregiver, as this disease is filled with loss, change, emotional strain, physical tasks and often overwhelming choices. Caregivers of people with dementia often feel alone, overwhelmed and cut off from the world. For the person experiencing cognitive decline, he or she has their own grief, fears and frustrations, which is why it is equally important that both the caregiver and person with the diagnosis actively engage in support groups and other resource services.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018

Live to 100 With These Blue Zone Diet Tips

The average lifespan of an American is 78.8 years, with women typically living to around 81 and men making it to 76. It’s the highest this statistic has ever been in our country…a testament to modern medicine and our nation’s overall prosperity. While these numbers are probably considered a ripe old age to most people, it bears noting that women in Japan have the world’s longest average life expectancy at 87 years. The Japanese people doesn’t have better medical care or greater wealth than we do, so why are they outliving us?

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018

Caregiver Assistance: Addressing Caregiver Stress

Caring for an aging family member is a labor of love. But study after study also shows the emotional, physical, and even financial stress that the caregiver incurs as a result.

Research conducted by MetLife Mature Market Institute* revealed that approximately 10 million adult children over the age of 50 (that's roughly a quarter of all Baby Boomers!) have taken on the role of caregiver for their aging parents, helping with a variety of tasks–everything from running errands and cooking to bathing and using the toilet. It's a lot to take on, especially for caregivers who may also be juggling a career and their own children, which is likely why caregivers over age 50 who work and provide care to a parent are more likely to have fair or poor health as compared to peers who do not provide elder care. 

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018

Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

You might have begun discussing and considering a move to a continuing care retirement community in the near future. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all of your needs along the continuum of care will be provided in one location, and for most CCRC residents, there is comfort and security in knowing that.

Top 5 tips for prepping your home

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