The Lodge Independent Living Community Blog

From helpful articles on senior wellness to tips for paying for a full-service retirement community, check out The Lodge’s senior living blog!


Is Senior Living Right for Me?

You’ve raised a family, and the nest is empty — now is the time to embark on your own adventure. The house that inspired adventures for kids (and pets) might require too much maintenance. Your daily schedule might be clear, but you’re unsure how to fill it. You want to experience something new, but where should you go? …

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6 Simple Health Habits for Seniors

An investment in your health is an investment in your happiness. No matter your age, taking care of your well-being should be a priority. Health-conscious habits provide many benefits; they improve overall health, keep illness at bay, and contribute to a higher quality of life. But this is the best part that’s often forgotten: being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. …

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Seniors and Tech: How to Get Comfortable with New Tools

While seniors have traditionally been among the last adopters of virtual technology, recent data shows they now see the value in these tools and platforms. As of 2021, 75 percent of adults ages 65 or older use the internet, 61 percent have a smartphone, 45 percent use social media, and 44 percent have a tablet computer, according to a Pew Research survey. Much of this digital acceleration is a result of the global pandemic, says Sara Czaja, Ph.D., the director …

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Tips for Staying Social in Senior Communities

Moving into a senior living community can be daunting — in particular, if you’re single.  At The Lodge, we will put those concerns to rest for you. We will offer numerous enjoyable and enriching social outlets to encourage residents to socialize and form relationships. Our community members will have access to activities, communal spaces and amenities, where meaningful relationships can flourish. Here’s how to make the most of your new home at The Lodge — and maintain a full, vibrant …

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Senior Living: Stay Where You Are or Embrace Change?

Change can be good, but it can be hard. You can say goodbye to the heavy lifting – yard work, home maintenance, and repairs, etc. And now that the nest is empty, you can comfortably downsize. But you’re also saying goodbye to a home that may have served as your family’s headquarters for years. You can feel the tug on your heartstrings just thinking about it, can’t you? On the other hand, you’ve undoubtedly moved before – perhaps multiple times. …

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What is Independent Senior Living Like?

You might be hesitant to consider moving to a retirement community because you’ve heard some of the persistent myths about “senior living.” You know – you have to give up your belongings, you won’t have any privacy, you won’t be able to do the things you love most. In other words, you’ll be restricted in every way. Senior living is all about lifestyle and retiring from all the stuff you don’t want to do. You live in a private home, …

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Types of Independent Living Communities

There are many different types of “retirement” communities. That’s a good thing, because we are all different, with personal preferences for lifestyle and setting. Naturally, you want to find a retirement living community that suits you in every way – and you can, but it will take some work to sift through all the options. And there are a lot of options. So let’s take a closer look at what they are and how they differ. Keep in mind that …

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What Does Senior Independent Living Cost?

Costs of independent senior living communities vary significantly, depending on the part of the country you live in, whether your community is urban or rural, the type of housing and available amenities, and the contract option you choose. Most Continuing Care Retirement Communities charge an entry fee. According to AARP, the average buy-in in 2017 was $329,000, but in some CCRCs, it can reach as high as a million dollars. These fees are meant to cover a variety of costs …

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How to Choose an Independent Senior Living/Retirement Community

As you research retirement communities, you’ll find many that offer stunning landscaping and lots of tempting perks. Nice! Remember, though, that the only features that matter are the ones that will benefit you, or you and your spouse together, in the way you want to live independently. If you don’t play tennis, who cares that there are six courts? Make a list of things that are most important to you, and use it as you compare options. An atmosphere that …

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