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The Truth About Staying in Control: Communicating with Adult Children

Getting older is inevitable, and you want to know that your loved ones are fully prepared to care for you later on. Being a parent isn’t easy; learning to extend expectations and trust for your future to your adult children can take time. Your wants and needs should be supported by ground rules and boundaries you and your children discuss together. These conversations don’t have to be uncomfortable if everyone is prepared to say their piece and then actively listen. …

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Your Guide to Senior Discounts, Deals & Rewards in the OKC Metro

Older adults can save on all kinds of things, like travel, food, retail and more for being 50+. Whether it’s complimentary goods and services or smart savings, don’t be afraid to ask about the discounts available to you at your favorite restaurants, shops and more. Discounts & Special Deals Senior deals aren’t always heavily advertised, so we’ve rounded up some of the best specials and discounts offered around the OKC metro. From food and shopping to local favorites, there are …

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Your Guide to Senior Discounts, Deals and Rewards

The Benefits of Downsizing and Decluttering

Moving from a family home to a senior living community is a big change that can be both exciting and daunting. Decluttering is an important step in the process and can make the move smoother as well as help to make the most of your new living arrangements.  What Is Decluttering? People often choose to declutter a closet, room, or sometimes even an entire house of things we no longer use or need. The process of decluttering starts by identifying …

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What Is the Cost of Senior Living?

Senior living is an important decision for individuals and families alike, and one that can come with financial planning. With a wide range of options available and costs that vary from state to state, it’s important to understand the prices associated with senior living before making any decisions. Types of Fees Residents and their families can typically expect to pay two fees at a CCRC community: an entrance fee and a monthly fee. The entrance fee is a one-time fee …

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Common Myths About Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), or Life Plan communities, are often misunderstood. In reality, CCRCs offer older adults a more social, independent and active lifestyle — while ensuring access to any level of support they may need. Life Plan communities also give you full financial security against rising healthcare costs.   CCRCs offer peace of mind to older adults and their family members that they often miss out on from aging in place. Ultimately, older adults must identify their needs and …

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Concordia Celebrates National Intern Day

“You are not only an employee at Concordia, you are family.” – Caitlyn Halbert, Intern in 2017. At Concordia, interns are a valued and important part of our community. This National Intern Day, we’re celebrating some of the wonderful interns we’ve had throughout the years. Concordia’s internship program began in 2012, and our very first intern, Megan Carter, is now the Activities Director here at Concordia! To celebrate our interns past and present, we got in touch with some of …

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The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Pets and Seniors: Do You Need a Furry Friend? It’s been estimated that pets have a place in nearly 80 million United States households. Pet ownership can bring joy to all ages, and recent research confirms that Baby Boomers are the second-largest group of pet owners, just behind Millennials. There’s something comforting about a wagging tail greeting you each morning or stroking some soft fur as you settle in for the evening. What can a furry companion offer for seniors? …

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What is the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care?

At first glance, skilled nursing and long-term care seem similar. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. Both are types of care for older adults and provide essential services in a professional and caring manner. In some cases, the same community offers skilled nursing care and long-term care; the services that skilled nursing and long-term care provide often overlap too. Residents of continuing care retirement communities value having contractual access to both skilled nursing and long-term care. What is Skilled Nursing? …

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The Benefits of Living in a Faith-Based Retirement Community

There is a lot to consider when choosing a senior living community. Size, location, range of amenities, cost and available levels of care are among the top considerations, of course. Faith is also a significant factor when selecting a retirement community, as spirituality shapes, one’s emotional health and well-being. Faith-based living communities offer several important benefits that other communities may not. Faith is very important to people, particularly to those ages 65 and older. In fact, 65 percent of people …

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Assisted Living vs. Skilled Nursing

Whether you are researching senior care options for yourself or a family member, it can be difficult to understand and differentiate between all of the options. For example, what is the difference between assisted living and skilled nursing? While both are need-based, one is residential and the other is typically part of a post-hospitalization care plan and focuses on healing. In this article, we’ll help you understand the key differences between these senior care environments. What Is Assisted Living? An …

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