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June 23, 2016

Aging in Place News: Creating a Life Plan at Home

If you’ve ever compared options for where you want to live during retirement, you’ve probably noticed a lot of them involve the word “care”—continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), for example.

But if you’re a healthy older adult weighing options for post-retirement living, chances are you don’t need care, so why should the option you select focus on it?

LeadingAge, an association of not-for-profit aging services providers, and a number of other groups worked together to devise a new name for today’s modern CCRC community — a Life Plan Community, or a Life Plan at Home if you choose to age in place.

“It became clear that the name CCRC no longer did an adequate job of creating the best perception among tomorrow’s older adults,” said LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix.

Many older adults don’t realize that aging in place, or remaining in your home as you age, is a possibility.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the Kendal at Home community. Kendal at Home members have a wide array of interests, hobbies and expertise and put them to use in many different ways.

Take Kendal at Home member Judith. After becoming interested in roses, she began growing several varieties. Now, she focuses solely on growing varieties that existed before 1867. Judith maintains a website (www.mozartsroses.com) showcasing her efforts and providing tips for anyone interested in growing the blooms.

Or there’s Kendal at Home member Nancy, who worked with her neighbors to create a neighborhood feral cat program. Nancy studied feral cats and the issues associated with them and she and her community implemented Trap Neuter and Return (TNR), a successful way to control feral cat populations.

The program has neutered more than 1,200 cats and found homes for several hundred cats and kittens.

As you can see from the stories above, Kendal at Home members are vibrant and living their lives on their terms—reflecting what today’s older adults are experiencing. See how easy it is for you to remain in your home as your age, with our free download below.Avoiding Nursing Homes | Kendal at Home

Healthy aging is hard on your own. Kendal at Home can help you age well and enjoy your retirement.

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