Free counseling for Mont. Co. homebound

By: Saroj Iyer  

Silvia (not her real name) had a busy life until she retired. But her life changed dramatically after that. Growing health concerns, a dent in finances, and lack of supportive family or friends led to isolation, anxiety and depression. Although she received medical care for her physical ailments, she never sought help for anxiety and depression. Silvia’s case is one example of the... READ MORE

How to find the last house you’ll ever buy

By: Liz Weston

My husband and I bought what we thought was a starter home 20 years ago. Now we think of it as our “forever” home, where we plan to retire and live out the rest of our days. We got lucky, because most of the features that make our place good for “aging in place” — the single-story layout, open design, wide doorways — weren’t on our must-have list when we were... READ MORE

DC Housing Notes – April 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

Assisted living home opens in Potomac Asheir Homes Assisted Living will open a second location in Potomac, Md. this month. Run by a nurse practitioner, the new eight-bed, two-level home has an elevator and all private rooms with private bathrooms. The home, situated on two acres of land, will specialize in residents with Parkinson’s disease and mobility and memory issues. A small... READ MORE

Hi-tech home devices present some risks

By: Anick Jesdanun

More people are getting voice-activated speakers and other smart devices for convenience and security. But doing so could also be giving hackers a key to their homes. Many devices from reputable manufacturers have safeguards built in, but those can’t guarantee against hacks. Gadgets from startups and no-name brands may offer little or no protection. Before buying one, here are some... READ MORE

55+ cohousing communities taking off

By: Sharon Jayson

The 5-mile hikes, yoga classes and communal dinners are now routines for the residents at PDX Commons Cohousing in Portland, Ore. These 39 individuals (about half married or partnered, but largely strangers to the others at first) started forging relationships well before they moved in late last summer to join a trend called cohousing. “Here, you walk in and know every one of the... READ MORE

Baltimore Housing Notes – April 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

First CCRC in Harford County Harford County’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community is slated to open in 2020 on a 47-acre campus in Bel Air, Md. Called Carsins Run at Eva Mar, the community is part of the nonprofit Presbyterian Home of Maryland. Carsins Run will include independent and assisted living, as well as nursing and memory care for those over 60. There are six... READ MORE