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From helpful articles on senior wellness to tips for paying for a CCRC, check out The Lodge’s senior living blog!


What Are the Most Common Skilled Nursing Services in Senior Living Communities?

As parents and grandparents require increased health and wellness care, family members are tasked with helping them make informed decisions. Many people consider residential communities, which offer wide-reaching options that include assisted living, independent living and skilled nursing services, among others. Each of these living arrangements offers our valued family members specific treatment and care depending on their wellness needs. But not all life plan (or full-service) communities are created equal, nor do they all offer the care necessary to minimize …

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5 Reasons Why Retiring Now Is The Right Move For You

Thoughts about retirement heighten the feeling of both fear and desire. We all want the freedom that comes with no longer having to punch a clock or be on task full time. By that same token, fears about financial stability and lacking purpose sometimes cause retirement-age people to stay in the workforce longer than necessary. If you have spoken about retiring with friends and family members, you probably fielded wide-reaching advice. This may include worry about money or having nothing …

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What Makes Columbus, GA a Good Place to Retire?

Are you looking for the ideal place to retire? Perhaps you want to enjoy a higher quality of life, less stress and good weather? Take a closer look at Columbus, Georgia. Located in the western portion of the state, it sits on the Chattahoochee River with beautiful views and close proximity to lakes and open spaces. Known for its historical importance and culture, Columbus, GA, has much to offer those looking to enjoy life. The Cost of Living in Columbus, …

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Date Night Series: 10 Ideas for a Fun Night at Home

You don’t have to cancel date night just because you want or need to stay home. With a little planning and creative thinking, you can create a memorable, home-based experience sure to help you connect with someone new or remind you why you fell in love with your partner. This list of 10 senior date night ideas will help you start planning the perfect evening.   1. Learn a New Dance Even if dancing isn’t within your typical comfort zone, learning …

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Real Estate Options to Think About When Planning for Retirement

There comes a time when retirement is the next step in your journey. It is a time to look forward to on a personal level and a time to think about future finances. One of the largest investments you make is the purchase of a home. So deciding when to sell a home before retirement is a big decision. By exploring the real estate options out there when planning for retirement, you’ll find you have a lot of choices. Real …

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Contract Types: What Are Your Full-Service Retirement Community Options

A Full-Service Retirement Community is the only type of retirement community that contractually provides for all future care contingencies. When you choose to live in a Full-Service Retirement Community, also referred to as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), you’re planning for and investing in your future.   Most communities require incoming residents to in as an independent living resident. And, although independent living residents often pay higher fees with some contract types than they would in an independent living only community, it’s important to remember that they may also …

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How To Pay for Assisted Living

The methods that families use to pay for assisted living depend on personal situation and eligibility, but options can include Social Security benefits, pensions, state financial programs, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, veterans’ assistance or bridge loans. Other people use personal savings or proceeds from selling their home, while others use a mixture of several options. Here are some factors to consider when deciding how to pay for assisted living. Assisted Living Costs The cost of assisted living varies from place …

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Downsizing After Retirement

Retirement is an exciting transition. You’ll have more free time to pursue what you love and enjoy the benefits of your hard work. As many individuals and couples make the shift to a retirement lifestyle, they also find that they want to make some changes, one of which is often downsizing. Downsizing is when you reduce your possessions, the size of your home or your responsibilities. By downsizing, many retirees make more space in their life to focus on the …

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A Look at The Lodge

Spectacular homes in a full-service life plan community, coming to Columbus, GA. Each day, The Lodge gets closer and closer to construction – and when it’s completed, this community will be the ultimate setting for inspired living. The green spaces and gathering places throughout The Lodge will project a warm, mountain retreat feel. But when you live here, your true sanctuary will be your own home. Options at The Lodge include spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with a patio or …

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Meet the McNairs

Ask Gail and Nick McNair if they’re concerned about moving, and they’ll prove that they’re really pros at this. “We’ve moved 17 times in 21 years,” says Gail. “We just haven’t done it in a while!” Married for close to 50 years, the McNairs met while they were both studying biology at Clemson University. Upon graduation, Nick went into the U.S. Army as a medical service corps officer, and his new wife joined him for an adventure that spanned the …

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