Tag: planning for retirement

Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?

Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?

Most senior citizens enjoy living independently – and nearly 90 percent prefer to live in their own homes for as long as they possibly can, according to a study by AARP. It makes sense since home is familiar and filled with memories, is where seniors are in charge, and is near friends and family.  However, as time goes by, living alone carries downsides that become harder to ignore: maintaining the home becomes difficult if not impossible, a greater sense of isolation or loneliness can occur (especially after a spouse dies), nutrition may begin to suffer, and the home itself may become unsafe where falls, burns or other injuries may take place. In recognition of all of this, The Saybrook at Haddam has developed a community that puts independence at the center of everything we do – providing an active, involved and, yet, private and respectful environment for retired seniors, those needing assisted living services and those facing memory-related illnesses. Continue reading “Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?”

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Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change

Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change

Holidays bring families together, giving them an opportunity to share time baking, making, eating, drinking, reminiscing, laughing, and taking part in those wonderful traditions each family has. For relatives who live far away, the holidays are the best opportunity to really check in on the health and well-being of older family members.  In many cases, it is an eye-opener when people truly see how their elderly parents are really doing day-to-day.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we receive an increase in requests for information during November, December and January from families who realize they need to address their parents’ changing care needs. Continue reading “Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change”

Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living

Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living

Oftentimes, Americans think of retirement as a financial (“savings”) issue – and it is.  However, as in any stage of life, the purpose of savings is to give you options – and for seniors, that means options in housing, lifestyle, healthcare, and overall quality of life.  Just like people benefit from saving for retirement early in life, people will benefit from thinking about where and how they would like to live during retirement as early as possible. Continue reading “Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living”

Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions”

Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions”

Many adult “children” find themselves involved in their parents’ retirement living planning.  Sometimes parents have saved money for retirement but haven’t given thought to where they want to live or how they will receive necessary support.  Other parents are a little behind with savings but have a solid idea of where they want to be and how they want to live.  Still others have done neither and suddenly are faced with an illness or other life change that is forcing them to think seriously about senior living options. Continue reading “Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions””

Free Seminar on “Saving for Retirement and Funding Long-term Care” on May 31

Free Seminar on “Saving for Retirement and Funding Long-term Care” on May 31

The second of our three seminars on preparing for senior living will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at The Saybrook at Haddam and will focus on financial planning for retirement.  We are so happy to host this free event — which is sponsored by Elder Life Care Planning —  to help seniors and caregivers in our area find peace of mind as they plan for their senior years.  We will be serving light fare, beverages and desserts. Please RSVP by email to David Downey at dtdowney@thesaybrookathaddam.com or by calling 860-345-3779. Continue reading “Free Seminar on “Saving for Retirement and Funding Long-term Care” on May 31″

Considering a Different Type of Snowbird This Winter

Considering a Different Type of Snowbird This Winter

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As we rapidly speed through the colorful and brisk autumn months, many adults are faced with the task of ensuring their parents or elderly loved ones are prepared for the long winter ahead.  This can mean hiring a plow service, having groceries delivered, being sure there is plenty of home fuel on hand, and being sure someone is available to safely drive seniors to doctor’s appointments or to run errands.  Continue reading “Considering a Different Type of Snowbird This Winter”

A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement

A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement

Last weekend, The Saybrook at Haddam participated in a wonderful event: The Hartford Courant’s Transitions Living & Planning Expo for Active Adults and Seniors.  We had an informational booth to “introduce” visitors to our retirement, assisted living, and memory care community – and were happy to meet so many people who were researching options available to them and their family members. Continue reading “A Day Just for Thinking About Retirement”