Moving my mother into assisted living

By: Jill Joseph

If I could pick one word to describe my mother, it would be “independent.” But as she has aged, chronic orthopedic issues and COPD slowly claimed her ability to move comfortably.We recently made the difficult decision that the best living situation for her is in an assisted living community. This is the story of how she found her new home.While I have always stood by, ready to... READ MORE

Choices abound for independent living

By: Carol Sorgen

How and where we live is a major decision for many of us as we get older and our lifestyle changes. For those who do not require the care offered by assisted living facilities — such as help with bathing, dressing, and keeping track of medications — independent living communities are an attractive option.Independent communities are designed to make their residents’... READ MORE

How to get financial help to age in place

By: Carol Sorgen and Dahna Chandler

The vast majority of older adults say they prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.Those who need assistance with the ordinary activities of daily life, or even long-term custodial care, may bring in private help if they have the means. And some choose to move to assisted living or continuing care communities where their needs will be taken care of — again, if ... READ MORE

What factors make a community ‘livable’?

By: Glenda C. Booth

Do you consider your community “livable”? If not, what would make it so? Or where would you move to find one?AARP has developed a new web-based tool called a “livability index” to help people of all ages define what they mean by livability and to measure the level of it at various states, cities and neighborhoods.The index can also help policymakers and advocates... READ MORE

Share your home like the Golden Girls did

By: Carol Sorgen

Eight years ago, Bonnie Moore found herself divorced with a newly remodeled five-bedroom home in Bowie, Md. “I had all the bills and half the income,” she said.Moore didn’t want to lose her home, so she decided to take in roommates. But unlike many landlords who don’t have a particular tenant in mind, Moore had a plan. “I wanted women the same age I was,” ... READ MORE

Moving between levels of care at CCRCs

By: Erin G. Roth

Senior housing options that include a range of care services — from independent apartments to assisted living to nursing care, commonly referred to as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) — provide seniors and their family members with a sense of security and peace of mind.Because everything is offered under the same institutional umbrella, there’s no need for... READ MORE