Lessons learned from a D.C. empty nest

By: Ashraf Khalil

It’s a tale with everything you’d need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon. Washingtonians, along with a global community of eagle-watchers, have been transfixed this winter by Liberty and Justice — two bald eagles who’ve nested and raised eaglets together for 14 years on the grounds... READ MORE

Memory care staff become ‘best friends’

By: Deborah Gertz Husar

A memory care facility in Illinois uses a “best friends” approach to build relationships with residents — and to help their families. “Basically being a ‘best friend’ with Alzheimer’s patients is just that. It’s getting to know that person, their past,” said Robyn Johnson, director of nursing at Adams Pointe in Quincy, Ill. The process, outlined in The Best Friends... READ MORE

D.C. expands intergenerational housing

By: Margaret Foster

On a typical day in the first “grandfamily” apartment building in Washington, D.C., grandmothers are cooking comfort food, staffers are helping haul furniture, and children of different ages are fingerpainting or taking a college readiness class. “It’s always all hands on deck. We help each other here,” said Jamarl Clark, program manager at Plaza West. The new apartment... READ MORE

D.C. Housing Notes – April 2019

By: PJ Feinstein

New “resort-style” apartments available in Gaithersburg, Md. Renovations are expected to be complete mid-summer at Hillside Senior Apartments in Gaithersburg, Md., a resort-style community for active adults ages 62 and older. The property was previously the Hyatt House Hotel. Hillside Senior Apartments intends to bridge the gap “between high-end luxury living and Class-C... READ MORE

Numerous reasons not to retire to Florida

By: Bob Niedt

As retirement approaches, you have Florida on your mind. After all, it’s the quintessential post-working world existence. But is it right for you? Before you take the plunge, try before you buy. Spend some serious leisure time in the Sunshine State. Skip the hotel and instead rent an Airbnb in a residential area you’re interested in. Introduce yourself to the neighbors, shop... READ MORE

What makes your place feel like home?

By: Kim Cook

What makes a house or an apartment a home? For some of us, home is a walk-up apartment that we share with a roommate or two. For others, it might be a center-hall Colonial on a leafy suburban street, or a modern glass box overlooking the sea. The variations are endless. The only real universal feature is a roof over your head. Everything else that distinguishes a home from mere... READ MORE