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,” the now 70-year-old ... 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

What’s in a name? Ask these communities

By: Rebekah Sewell

A number of long-standing senior living communities in the area were originally established with religious roots, and their church affiliation was reflected in their original names.For decades, being such a faith-based nonprofit attracted both residents of that faith as well as others who associated both trustworthiness and goodwill with religious organizations. Even today, for many people, ... READ MORE

To sell your home, give every room a role

By: Kim Cook

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with.But when your house is on the market, every room has a role to play to make the sale. Next to fixing whatever’s broken,... READ MORE

How to evaluate a retirement community

By: Adele Winters

 If you’re considering a move for yourself or a family member to an independent living retirement community, there are a number of criteria you should consider before making your final decision.Among the most basic things to consider is the quality of the staff, facility and programming. Concern for residents’ safety is especially important.Look for:• On-site... READ MORE