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Downsizing Tips for Moving into Senior Living

Posted by Village Green Team on Oct 6, 2022 9:04:00 AM
INFOGRAPHIC BELOW For many people, the hardest part about moving is figuring out what to take with them and what to leave behind. If you’ve been living in one home for many years, you know how easy it is for things to accumulate, from mementos and holiday decorations to wall ornaments and other knickknacks.
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Tags: Senior Living 101, Making the Move, Retirement Tips

How Do I Know If I Can Afford Assisted Living Costs?

Posted by Village Green Team on Sep 30, 2022 8:32:00 AM
Considering a move to a retirement community can be overwhelming and it marks the beginning of a new season of life. The thought of leaving home and having to adjust to a new environment can feel challenging. However, the logistics of moving aren't the only consideration. Often, however, that does not even include another large and looming question, is assisted living an affordable option? 
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Tags: Financial Planning, Retirement Tips

Top Senior Travel Destinations

Posted by Village Green Team on Sep 3, 2022 7:00:00 AM
Are you ready to lay on the beach? Is a jungle safari more your style? Now that your schedule is clear, it’s time to fill it with new adventures. Almost every bucket list for retirees includes travel. Everyone deserves a vacation after the last few years on earth. Take care of yourself and feed your own well-being by planning your next trip. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? It’s time to go.
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Tags: Things To Do, Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

Assisted Living v. Independent Living: What Are the Differences?

Posted by Village Green Team on Aug 29, 2022 12:00:14 PM
When it’s time to move out of your family home and into a retirement community, many people find themselves navigating a new sea of terms, acronyms, and services. Are you in the market for an independent living community? Does assisted living better meet your needs? We’re happy to help you understand the differences between assisted and independent senior living.
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Tags: Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

Top 10 Exercising Options for Seniors & Why You Need Them

Posted by Village Green Team on Jul 27, 2022 9:00:00 AM
Greta does water aerobics on Thursday afternoons. Celeste meets her friends for nature walks most mornings. Ernie prefers guided yoga at home. Everyone’s exercise routine looks a little different because everyone has different goals, preferences, and starting points. Most experts recommend 2.5-5 hours of dedicated exercise each week for seniors, but few experts are picky about how you go about it. If you exercise half an hour a day, you’ll be well on your way to building a healthy and active lifestyle, no matter what activities you choose. Remember, anything that gets you moving counts as exercise. You can get your steps in doing housework or yard chores!
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Tags: Senior Health, Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

Top 7 Myths About Senior Living

Posted by Village Green Team on Jul 20, 2022 9:00:00 AM
“This isn’t anything like I thought it would be.” If we had a dollar for every time we heard someone says that to us after moving in.  We’re all susceptible to negative stereotypes about unfamiliar things. Many people expect all sorts of unpleasantries when considering a senior living community, and are shocked to find a home that adds value to their daily life.
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Tags: Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

7 Mental Health Tips for Seniors in Seattle

Posted by Village Green Team on Jul 7, 2022 9:00:00 AM
Pamela knew it was time to retire. Where she once joyfully juggled mothering three young children and a bustling teaching career, she now came home to an empty home and felt overwhelmed by the chaos of her classroom. Many older adults increasingly report loneliness, mental stress, and depression. As circumstances and seasons change, it is normal to feel disoriented. Retirement and old age bring a new string of challenges and losses. We all know how much humans typically like change. Making choices to support your mental health may look different in your senior years than it ever has before. Permitting yourself to take good care of your mental health and arming yourself with knowledge are great first steps to staying well.
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Tags: Senior Health, Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

The Best Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Village Green Team on Jun 30, 2022 11:00:00 AM
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks healthy tissue.  The average age of onset of rheumatoid arthritis is about 50 years old, so many older adults find themselves challenged by new pain and mobility limits as the years stack up. Aging bodies present different challenges than their younger counterparts. From changes in hearing and vision to new joint aches, many older adults are interested in natural ways to combat natural changes before seeking medical treatment.
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Tags: Senior Health, Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

Life-Long Learning Options for Aging Adults

Posted by Village Green Team on May 25, 2022 8:30:00 AM
Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? Take a pottery class? Archery, anyone? There is never an expiration date on opportunities to learn something new. In fact, you likely have a little extra time in the day after retirement. Why not fill your time with engaging and enriching learning opportunities?
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Tags: Things To Do, Senior Living 101, Retirement Tips

Downsizing in Your 60s: What to Do With Sentimental Items

Posted by Village Green Team on Jan 16, 2022 9:04:00 AM
You've done it! You have committed to a new, smaller place and you're ready to start moving your things. For many people who have recently retired and decided to downsize, the most daunting thing about moving into a retirement community is sorting through the physical stuff. Deciding what goes with you will depend on where you're going, but everyone who downsizes is challenged to sort through and part with the items they will no longer need.
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Tags: Making the Move, Retirement Tips