How to make a small room feel bigger

By Melissa Rayworth
Posted on December 28, 2015

As the weather gets colder and we come indoors, it’s easy to wish your indoor space had some of the open, airy feeling of the outdoors.It is possible to make a room feel larger than it really is: Choosing the right colors and finishes and arranging furniture properly can create the illusion of space.Here, three experts on designing small living spaces share their strategies for making ... READ MORE

Making the move to independent living

By Rebekah Sewell
Posted on October 10, 2015

When Mary Gonzales decided to retire from her career as a pediatric nurse and move here from New York last year, she knew she was in for some big changes.Gonzales wanted to spend time with her daughter, who had moved to the D.C. area long ago. “She’s my only child, and my decision was that when I retired, I would move here, especially since I have two grandchildren, age 3 and... READ MORE

Moving my mother into assisted living

By Jill Joseph
Posted on September 18, 2015

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
Posted on September 18, 2015

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
Posted on July 03, 2015

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
Posted on July 01, 2015

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
Posted on June 19, 2015

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
Posted on June 16, 2015

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
Posted on March 30, 2015

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
Posted on March 23, 2015

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