Preparing for Long-Term Care: Four Options to Ponder

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Hope for the best but prepare for the worst—that adage certainly rings true when planning for potential long-term care needs. After all, those turning 65 today have almost a 70 percent chance of needing some type of professional help with the daily activities of living. And the cost of long-term care can quickly add up…. Read more »

A New Way to Age in Place: Understanding Life Plan At Home Programs

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Until a few years ago, the primary method of planning for future care needs – if an older adult wanted to retire and stay at home – involved purchasing a long-term care insurance policy, or waiting until a health need arose and relying on family to step in. For older adults interested in moving to… Read more »

4 Ways to Make Friends in a Senior Living Community

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Unless you’re an extreme extrovert, moving from a well-loved neighborhood to a senior living community where you don’t know a soul can be anxiety-provoking. The good news is that you can develop meaningful relationships surprisingly quickly, especially if you move to a community of like-minded people. But, just in case you still have worries, we’ve… Read more »

How Your Children Can Help You Make Your Decisions

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In the many conversations I have with today’s seniors, there is a sense of role reversal when life begins to change. Adult children, however, can be one of the most significant resources in proactively planning for your future. They are the best “sounding board” you could have as you begin to explore the available options…. Read more »

Figuring Out the Cost Benefits of Senior Living Communities

“It is SO much more expensive to live in a community than here in my own home. My home is paid for and I do not really have many bills here. It does not make sense to pay those monthly fees.” This is the perception of most seniors as they begin looking at options for… Read more »

Financial Stability for Future Care

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The importance of financial planning for your future cannot be overstated. But how do you know you’re making the right choices to ensure stability? Wealth Management Advisor Al Waldrop provides valuable insights into financial planning as you consider what’s next for your future. Why is planning so important for you and your clients? Financial Planning,… Read more »

(Bitter)Sweet Sixteen: A Farewell from Van Cluck, Blakeford’s CEO

It’s a funny thing about certain numbers. They are so often tied to specific memories or events. Remember your 16th birthday? It was likely one of those very special days. Well, today is a special one for me. Sixteen years ago today, I began my career with Blakeford. What a memory that is! Let’s just… Read more »

Holiday Light: The Beauty of Traditions

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I love seeing all the holiday lights come out. I love the brightly lit trees, the candles, streetlights, storefronts….well, all of it! The lights are especially a welcome site this time of year. In this part of the world the daytime is short and the nighttime is at its longest. Darkness seems to dominate the… Read more »

Myths vs. Realities: Is a CCRC Right for You?

Blakeford at Green Hills, CCRC, Life Plan Community

If you’ve searched online or in person for retirement communities, you’ve noticed there are several options. One of those options is continuing care retirement communities, or CCRC (also referred to as life plan communities). These communities were created to provide lifestyle solutions to older adults if their health needs change. At a CCRC, you’ll find… Read more »

Living with Dementia: A Husband’s Story, Part 2

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Kevin Jameson’s wife, Ginny, lived with Dementia for several years. During the couple’s journey, Kevin became very knowledgeable of the disease and the need for more resources. In part 2 (read part 1) of our post with Kevin Jameson we explore the mission of the organization he founded, Dementia Society of America, and the power… Read more »