Numerous reasons not to retire to Florida

By: Bob Niedt
Posted on: April 04, 2019

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

Building a more cohesive community

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: April 02, 2019

Remember television’s “Cheers,” the bar where everybody knew your name? What if you lived in an entire community where everyone knew your name? That’s one of the principles behind the growing interest in a concept known as cohousing. The concept of cohousing was first pioneered in Denmark in the early 70s as a multigenerational community that would foster close ties among... READ MORE

What makes your place feel like home?

By: Kim Cook
Posted on: March 29, 2019

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

Should you move abroad for healthcare?

By: Liz Weston
Posted on: March 28, 2019

The notion that healthcare outside the U.S. could be good as well as cheap is a foreign one to many Americans. Expat Kathleen Peddicord frequently hears from such skeptics as founder of Live and Invest Overseas, a site for people curious about living abroad. Actual expats like her, however, tell of good-quality care at a fraction of the U.S. price. Treatment for a motorbike accident... READ MORE

New program helps residents age in place

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: March 27, 2019

Would you like to remain in your own home as you age, but worry that it won’t be either financially or logistically feasible? If so, you’re not alone. A 2018 AARP survey reported that three out of four adults 50 and older would indeed like to continue living in their own homes and communities as they get older. Fortunately for Maryland residents, a new pilot program spearheaded by ... READ MORE

Telling your story well can improve care

By: PJ Feinstein
Posted on: March 27, 2019

When Jay Newton-Small moved her father, who had Alzheimer’s, into a senior living community, she had hesitations about the extensive intake questionnaire she had been asked to fill out. “Who was ever going to read and remember 20 pages of handwritten data points for the more than 100 residents in that particular community?” she said. Newton-Small, who was a professional writer... READ MORE