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I like to think of life like a book with many chapters. When we are younger, we are often eager for the next chapter of our life.
People often find that one of the greatest benefits of being in a couple is having someone with whom to dream about the future and to think through plans and decisions.
Are you and your spouse finding it difficult to get on the same page when it comes to your housing situation as you age?
Joan and Eddie MacMaster have three adult children: Michael, Joanne, and Gail. Michael lives about 15 minutes away from his parents and his sisters live in other provinces. Although still quite healthy, Joan and Eddie’s needs are increasing as they age. Michael stops in almost every day to check on them and provide what help he can.
We all want to make our own choices, maintain control over our life, and have independence as we age.
Nearly 30% of Canadians provide informal, unpaid care, and those between 45 and 64 provide 75% of informal care for older adults. Many feel squeezed by the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent and childrearing, especially women in the workforce, who typically spend more time on caregiving tasks than men.
Let me tell you a story. Alyssa* was 25 years old when her grandmother, Margie, started to need some help with household tasks. Over the next couple of years, Margie’s needs increased and Alyssa’s mother and her siblings spent more time providing care to help their mother decide whether to stay in her home or to move to a retirement residence.
In our society, it’s common to congratulate people for staying in their own home as they grow older.
Everyone needs to feel connected to others, for instance, and seniors looking for built-in opportunities for friendship and community often find them in a residence.
Seniors choose the lifestyle in a retirement residence for many different reasons. Some are purely functional—decisions made from “the head”—such as the availability of prepared meals or 24-hour security.
When you first hear how much your local retirement residence costs per month, you may automatically assume you can’t afford it—however, there may be some key financial factors you haven’t considered which may make the lifestyle more achievable than you think.
Are you or a loved one considering whether a move to a retirement community may be a beneficial lifestyle change? If you’re wondering if the timing is right, or even if the lifestyle is the right fit for your needs and preferences, consider these seven questions

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