Our Insights, Opinions and Observations on Timely Topics in the Senior Living Space

January 18, 2022
Senior couple using a laptop

When to Start the Search for Senior Living

Moving into senior living, and even starting a senior living search, is something people find easy to put off. But is this a good idea? No. The sooner you start your search, the easier it will be on you, your family, and your future health and happiness. In fact, the earlier you begin looking at and comparing Life Plan Communities, the more control you’ll have over your next living situation. Let’s consider some of the reasons why. Why wait for freedom and security? Once you’re out from under the burdens […]
January 10, 2022
John Gnagi PB BW FVSH

We Are Friendship Village: John Gnagi, Friendship Village Sunset Hills Resident

Question: When you were a teacher and administrator, why do you think it was so important to implement Title 9 into athletics so female student athletes could compete? Answer: “When I joined the Clayton School District in 1958 (and retired in 1992), I coached and later became the Athletic Director. I have girls of my own, so I could see how important it was to pass that law (Title 9) and the girls were very interested. I remember the girls being in the weight room…they were more serious about weights […]
January 10, 2022
Senior couple holding a set of keys

Six Smart Tips for Seniors Selling a Home

Moving may not be everyone’s favorite activity, but eventually we all change our address. What does this mean for seniors selling their home? Initially it might mean stressing over details and logistics, but if you approach your home sale with patience and common sense, you can simplify the process and move on to a more rewarding lifestyle in a less stressful environment like a senior living community. These six home seller tips will help you break down the elements of a successful home sale. Tip 1. Get a realistic perspective […]
January 3, 2022
Senior couple shaking hands with a financial advisor

Understanding Senior Living Contracts

Unless you’re an attorney practicing contract law, it’s not surprising to find the language and detail of senior living contracts to be a bit confusing and maybe even intimidating. So it’s always a good idea to have your lawyer and financial advisor review and clarify any residency agreement before you sign it. Not only are there several types of senior living contracts, but they can differ significantly depending on a number of variables — whether or not the community you choose offers a continuum of care, where it’s located geographically, […]
December 21, 2021
an older woman with a small brown and white dog sitting in her lap

Benefits of Pet Therapy in Senior Living Communities

Having a pet as a companion can be a wonderful way to add engagement to life. Spending time with a cat or dog brings comfort and wards off feelings of loneliness. Pet ownership is also connected with better overall health and wellness. The University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging found a variety of pet therapy benefits for seniors ages 50+. Their study showed owning a pet helps older adults enjoy life and feel loved. It also helped reduce stress and stick to a routine. Owning a dog was […]
December 14, 2021
a woman talking to her aging father about moving into an assisted living community

Tips for Talking to Your Parents About Assisted Living

Conversations with parents about health care can be tough. No one likes to admit they need help with the activities of daily living, and many view moving to a senior living community as surrendering their independence. You may be putting off talking to parents about assisted living because you’re not sure how to broach the topic or are worried about how they’ll react. It’s common for families to postpone the subject of assisted living until an accident or medical crisis forces a decision under stress. First, do your homework. Prepare […]
December 7, 2021
a senior couple playing in the snow

8 Fun Winter Activities For Seniors

The forecast for winter weather this year in St. Louis is warmer and wetter. Experts at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecast that much of the Midwest can expect a warmer winter, and more precipitation. The forecast is driven by a La Nina weather pattern that will impact our winter climate. (If you’d like to learn more about La Nina, click here.) While it hasn’t snowed heavily in St. Louis the past couple of years, the NOAA prediction hints at a combination of snow, ice and rain coming our […]
November 29, 2021
seniors spending time together outside

Why Should You Choose a Life Plan Community?

You know the old truism, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all”? That’s definitely not true when it comes to senior living communities. Why is that? Consider these examples: Some senior living communities offer a full continuum of care with multiple levels of care; some offer only independent living.  One retirement community may provide long-term skilled nursing care, while another only provides care for short-term stays.  A Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, is also the same thing as a Life Plan Community — both can be either for-profit […]
November 16, 2021
senior lady listening to music with headphones on for music therapy

The Benefits of Music for People with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia

Think about a song you knew when you were younger but haven’t heard in years. The song comes on and suddenly you remember the words and the melody. You may also be flooded with snippets of memories — a particular person, moment, or period in your life — you hadn’t thought about until you heard the song again. According to studies, listening to music engages broad neural networks in the brain, including brain regions responsible for motor actions, emotions and creativity. That may help explain why music can offer numerous benefits […]

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