Facts, Fiction, and the Fast Life at The Villages, FL

Category: Active adult communities

In 2006 Central Florida was shocked and titillated to read this headline in the Orlando News: “STDs Running Rampant in Retirement Community“. The community in question being The Villages, the sprawling active adult enclave spanning several towns and home to over 60,000 people. Dr. Colleen McQuade, a gynecologist, was quoted that she “treats more cases of herpes and the human papilloma (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 24th, 2009

Exclusive: The Super Memory Club

Category: Eldercare

Here’s a club so exclusive that even Brooke Astor couldn’t help you get in. It’s the Super Memory Club, restricted by luck and good habits to about 1 in 200 people. And did we mention you have to be 90 years old to be eligible?

Our sister site, BestAssistedLiving.com, has just posted a short article on the Super Memory Club. Some of its members live in the huge Orange County retirement community of Laguna Woods. There they are part of the 90+ Study, a joint project of USC and UC Irvine. The researchers are learning some things about the factors that help some lucky few reach their 90’s without brain deterioration such as dementia. In the case of many of the participants, significant social interaction and the game of bridge are key to their good brain health, along with a healthy dose of the right genes.

For more information:
BestAssistedLiving.com

Posted by Admin on May 22nd, 2009

Asheville and TR Featured in CBS News “Best Places to Retire”

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

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Sunday, May 17. Just about everybody loves Asheville – it’s the #1 Best Place to Retire at Topretirements. It also occupies that position on many other “Best Places” lists. But after watching today’s TV segment on CBS News, even more people might be heading down to western North Carolina. (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 18th, 2009

The Easier Way to Add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Category: Home and Garden

sidekickhomes1Have you thought about building an addition to your home for one or more of your parents? With them conveniently at hand you could keep an eye on their condition and help with their care. Meanwhile you and possibly your children would get to enjoy more of their company.

While their are many advantages to these apartments, they come with some challenges. For one; they take time,money, and effort to design and build. For another, they tend to be tightly regulated by local zoning officials. Mike Kephart, founder of Sidekick Homes, has a better idea for these buildings,   a new solution that can help you get the benefits without the hassles. (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 14th, 2009

Best 50+ Communities Awarded at Building for Boomers

Category: Active adult communities

Note: This 2009 article has been updated with a new edition from 2012. See “Why Not Live in an Award Winning Community“.

Philadelphia – For builders, winning an award at the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Best of 50+ Housing conference is really good PR. For baby boomers, looking at the winners provides insight into what the housing industry thinks are the trendsetting ideas in home building. If you are looking to purchase in an active adult community, you should check out this list of communities winning awards to make sure you make the best decision. The awards were given out at the April 2009 Building for Boomers and Beyond Symposium to honor excellence and innovation in the design, development and marketing of housing for older consumers. (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 11th, 2009

No Social Security Increase in 2010

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

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Update: October 15, 2010 – It’s official – no social security increase in 2010 – $250 payment pushed.
It will be the first time in 3 decades, but there will be no cost-of-living increase for social security recipients in 2010. Following a formula set by law to counter the effects of inflation, beneficiaries can usually count on getting a “raise” every year. Thanks to the economic slowdown, inflation is not a problem at the moment, hence the formula indicates no increase next year.

According to the AARP, beneficiaries have received automatic cost-of-living every year since 1975. The increase in 2009 was 5.8%. Controlling inflation should be a good thing for retirees because it means the prices they pay for goods and services are not increasing. (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 8th, 2009

Boomers in the City – the Urban Lifestyle Beckons

Category: Active adult communities

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The urban retirement lifestyle represents a perfect fit with what many baby boomers are looking for in a retirement lifestyle. Baby boomers want to be close to employment possibilities, they would like to reduce their dependence on the automobile, and they are very interested in participating in a rich and diverse community. Builders of 55+ communities have been listening, and many new choices are attracting buyers.

Granted, the urban lifestyle doesn’t appeal to everyone. Most people, 85% of them, will not move anywhere in retirement. But about 15% of retirees will relocate; either (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 3rd, 2009