There are a lot of myths out there about senior living communities. And if your only experience with a community was from several decades ago, some myths may seem easy to believe. The truth is, society has changed its ideas about aging, and senior living communities have changed right along with it.
This post will dispel common senior living myths and give you a better idea of the reality: seniors choose to move to a community to enhance their lifestyle and give themselves more freedom to do what they want to do. Here are some retirement myths and the truth.
We’re all intimately aware of how much technology has changed our everyday world and continues to do so at an increasing pace. And while seniors can sometimes be slower to adopt new technologies, in many ways, they may have the most potential to be helped by technological innovations. CLICK HERE to learn more about technologies that are already making a difference in the lives of seniors.
In the next 40 years, the number of adults age 65 and older will double, and more and more seniors will consider when is the right time to make the move to a senior living community.
In Life Care Services® communities such as ours, we aim to enable seniors to thrive and live their best lives, making the transition to senior living a choice many of our residents wish they would have made sooner.
Take Julia Lewis, a resident at fellow Life Care Services community Magnolia Springs SouthPointe, as a perfect example. Julia came to her community mobility challenged, using a walker and unable to do many of things she enjoyed in her younger years. Through the Life Care Services Health & Wellness Navigation Program, which helps our residents navigate the complicated care continuum, Julia received exercise training and therapy for over a year, dropped her walker and now, can’t help but let loose and dance. A viral video of Julia dancing the jitterbug has been featured nationally on Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America and has been shared by thousands – including Oprah – on social media.
Our desire is to help all of our residents be able to “get down” and dance again, join a book club, go to the opera, or garden – whatever their passion may be. Life Care Services communities seek to fulfill resident passions through our programming and partnerships.
You can get a glimpse into how residents at Life Care Services communities such as ours are loving their choice to move, by hearing from them yourself in this news clip featured on We Are Iowa.
A Community of Individuals: 2020 Senior Living Trends
Baby boomers are set to become some of the most educated, savvy and individualistic seniors the industry has seen. 2020 will see a popularity spike for products, services and even community locations that enable older adults to retain more control over their surroundings and daily activities. Technology will focus on preventing and monitoring health conditions in an attempt to avoid independence-impacting crises. And living spaces will be chosen and designed to create flexibility and facilitate choice. READ MORE HERE.
Healthy Connections: Senior Isolation and How to Combat It
Deeply rooted in all human beings is a need for community. But did you know that lack of connection and social interaction is a health concern? According to research by AARP’s Connect2Affect initiative, 26% of adults over age 65 are at an increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness. One of the best steps to take to maintain seniors’ health is to foster existing social connections and develop new ones. But it’s not always simple. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”
To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, here are 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs. READ MORE
Nashville, Tennessee (January 7, 2020) – As building construction nears completion on Nashville’s all-new senior living community, Clarendale at Bellevue Place has hired two leaders to help residents transition to their new home. Leslie Brown will serve as Director of Sales and Marketing, and Claudia Buchanan will serve as Director of Memory Care.
Located within the development of One Bellevue Place, Clarendale at Bellevue Place will provide independent living, assisted living and memory care all under one roof. The staffing additions help round out a team that will be welcoming the senior living community’s first residents in the coming weeks of 2020.
“We are delighted to have Leslie and Claudia join the Clarendale at Bellevue Place team—especially now,” says Brandon Bornstein, executive director. “Leslie has the experience, passion and dedication it takes to help Nashville-area families find the right senior living solutions. While Claudia has the credentials, expertise and background to prove she’s the right person to lead our two highly specialized memory care neighborhoods.”
Brown brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing to her Clarendale role, with the last decade primarily focused on health care. A native Nashvillian, she is a graduate of Auburn University.
“I consider myself lucky to have found a position at Clarendale that taps into my desire to help families,” says Brown. “Through much of my career, I’ve been an advocate for seniors and those who love and support them. And in my personal life, I’m passionate about fundraising for charities benefitting the disabled. So, I guess you could say I have a heart for making myself useful to help others. Clarendale senior living solutions will allow me to do just that.”
Buchanan is an experienced Chaplain and also a Certified Dementia Practitioner, specializing in bereavement care, so she brings unique qualifications to her position as Clarendale’s Director of Memory Care. Also, her loving commitment to dementia leadership is personal: Buchanan cared for her own parents in their final years.
“I have experience with our Clarendale at Bellevue Place sister community in Hendersonville, so I’m confident residents and their families will find this community just as attractive in Nashville,” says Buchanan. “The residential setting is designed to make those who live here feel at home, but perhaps more important, our heartfelt approach to care, known as Heartfelt CONNECTIONS – A Memory Care Program®, truly offers individuals with memory loss a sense of safety, security and quality of life seldom found at other communities.”
According to the newest staff members, Brown and Buchanan, the emphasis on quality of life and total wellness is true of all neighborhoods at Clarendale at Bellevue Place.
Bornstein explains, “The focus—whether in our independent living and assisted living neighborhoods or in memory care—is on total health and wellness. In fact, our Health & Wellness Navigation™ program helps ensure that residents can navigate any medical challenges that may lie ahead. It’s a comfort to both residents and their families.”
Seniors and families interested in Clarendale of Bellevue Place may call 615-271-5511 to schedule a visit. The community is located in the One Bellevue Place development at 7632 Highway 70 South in Nashville. More information also may be found online at ClarendaleAtBellevuePlace.com.
Clarendale at Bellevue Place is a senior living community that offers extraordinary independent living, assisted living and memory care. The community is the ideal lifestyle choice for seniors seeking more convenience, camaraderie, and security combined with supportive services and care in gracious and comfortable surroundings. Clarendale at Bellevue Place is managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, the nation’s second-largest operator, leading the way in senior living with more than 45 years of proven experience.
About Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Founded in 1938, Ryan Companies offers comprehensive commercial real estate services as a national developer, architect, builder, capital investment consultant, and real estate manager with a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works. Ryan’s market depth includes retail, industrial, healthcare, and senior living. Ryan’s development and corporate build-to-suit work spans a wide range of product types including office, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily housing and mission critical facilities. With a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works, Ryan has over 1300 employees in 16 offices and has completed projects in 39 states. For more information, visit ryancompanies.com.
About Life Care Services
Life Care Services®, An LCS ® Company, leads the way in senior living with over 40 years of proven experience. This innovative leadership brings passion and performance through strong financial stewardship, lifestyle-centered services as well as high quality health services in communities as unique as the individuals who live in them.
Long-distance caregiving comes with its own unique challenges, whether you live an hour, a state line or even an entire continent away. As a caregiver for a parent, you’re responsible for the decisions that impact both their life and your own. The stress of this responsibility can be high, along with the guilt of feeling like there’s more you could do. Recent studies have shown that long-distance caregiving can mean spending an average of nearly $12,000 each year in care-related expenses.
As the saying goes, traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. And as a senior, you’ve earned your time to travel. The world’s a beautiful place, and we all should see as much of it as we can in our lifetime.
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