Anatomy of the Perfect Nap

While an afternoon siesta has never been a mainstay of our productivity-obsessed culture, there’s reason to believe that napping can be more useful than slothful. Research shows that a short snooze can boost brain power, improve your memory as well as your mood (including your ability to shake off daily frustrations), and make you more
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Seniors and Technology — Embracing the Digital Age

Seniors and Technology — Embracing the Digital Age While seniors are generally considered “late adopters” for most technology, more and more older people are beginning to embrace the digital age. According to Pew Research, almost 60% of American seniors over age 65 are now online, a number that is increasing rapidly each year. Another recent
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A Family That Plays Together

People often say that Glenaire residents become like family. When Barbara Mann and her husband David moved to Glenaire in 2016, that was literally the case – her mother, Betty Hollis, had been a resident here since 1999. (Her father moved in, too, but sadly passed away in 2011.) Her parents originally retired in Florida,
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Letter from the Executive Director – J. Paul Gregg (winter 2019)

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Educating and Learning At The Same Time

Glenaire has a unique partnership with Campbell University, located about 45 minutes away in Buies Creek. Since 2007 Campbell has been sending pharmacy students to our community to do a one month rotation in geriatric pharmacology. Each year 24 Campbell students rotate through Glenaire, two or three per month. Dr. Amber McLendon, Associate Professor of
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10 Superfoods For Eye Health

Protect your vision with these nutritious (and delicious) foods. TUNA “Getting omega-3 fatty acids matters for maintaining healthy eyes,” says Sunir J. Garg, retinal surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. A 2016 meta-analysis of studies on fish consumption and age-related macular degeneration found that people who ate the most fish had the lowest risk
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How Much Protein Do You Need After 50?

Protein helps to keep our muscles strong, which is important for maintaining the balance and mobility needed to continue to live independently as we age. Yet, unlike with fruits and veggies, we may not focus on getting enough of this important nutrient. And recommendations on exactly how much protein older adults need vary. The current
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A Unique Way To Give Back

Two and a half years ago, just after she and her husband Emery had moved into Glenaire, Carolyn Anderson was talking to a staff member and the woman mentioned that her daughter, a 4th grader, was having trouble in math. As it happened, Carolyn had tutored 4th grade math in the local public schools for
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Lifelong Learning: Good for Seniors’ Minds & Bodies

Fall means school is back in session. There is a recent and growing trend among college students that is garnering a lot of attention. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by 2020, 43 percent of college students are expected to be age 25 and older. And among these are more and more seniors.
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Letter from the Executive Director – J. Paul Gregg (summer 2018)

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What are the Differences Between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit CCRCs?

“What is the difference between a not-for-profit community and a for-profit community?” This is a popular question among prospective residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), also referred to as Life Plan Communities. Many not-for-profit CCRCs are single-site organizations, although some are part of a larger group. The distinguishing feature of a not-for-profit CCRC, as
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Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Older Adults (and How CCRCs Can Help)

When it comes to proper nutrition for older people, it’s important their loved ones be attuned to their diet and, if concerns about nutrition arise, be proactive in addressing them. Observe their eating habits, take note of unintended weight gain or loss, and be sure you understand how the medicines your loved one takes might
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Glenaiding New Residents

For many, the fear of the unknown can cause inaction. Some older adults choose to live at home throughout their retirement because they worry about leaving the comfort of familiarity and memories shared. When someone makes their move to Glenaire, they’re free to make new memories and deep connections through new experiences abounding around every
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A Playful Retirement at Glenaire

If you were to have met Alice Roye before September of 2014, when she made her move to Glenaire, you would have never thought that months later she would be putting on theatrical productions right on campus. Coming from a more scientific background, Alice graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of
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How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices

For many, living at home may be desirable, but it’s not practical for the long term. In these cases, there are a number of different types of communities from which to choose. Learn the differences between each and how to identify them below . CONTINUUM OF CARE One of the most important factors to consider
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A Neglected Part of Retirement Planning

The term “retirement planning” is frequently used in the financial industry and in the media. But what does it really mean? For some, retirement planning includes strategies for saving and investing to prepare for a future retirement. For others, it may focus more on various methods for tax efficiency and generating income during the retirement
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Calling Glenaire Home for Over 18 Years

If you ask anyone at Glenaire about Faye Ostrom, you’ll probably hear how, even at 94 years old, she can run circles around some half her age. Faye Ostrom was born on February 3, 1924, on a farm in Robeson County near Lumberton, NC. “We were very poor, so I wasn’t able to afford to
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Factors to Consider when Choosing a CCRC (Life Plan Community) Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also referred to as a CCRC or life plan community, is a major decision and one that is unlike any other choice you have made before. Ultimately, it is a decision that impacts your lifestyle, finances, housing, and health care. That is why it is important to make an
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Power of Attorney Documents Can Alleviate Problems Later

As you begin considering your options for senior living, it is also a good time to review (or create, if you have not already done so) two essential legal documents that pertain to senior care and end of life care: your power of attorney and your advance directives (also called a living will). In this
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Encore Careers for Seniors: Finding Job Satisfaction…Again

According to a 2013 survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, approximately 80 percent of people in the U.S. workforce who are over age 50 say they plan to work after “retirement.” For some, it is a necessity in order to stay afloat financially. For others, it is a choice borne out
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Ready to Sell? Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Perhaps, after discussions with loved ones, you’ve begun considering a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) this year. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. When you live in a CCRC, all
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Helpful Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

One of the main reasons older adults put off downsizing or moving to a retirement community is dealing with all the “stuff” that has accumulated over the years. Yet, if done right, the process of downsizing may not be as daunting as you think. It may even be enjoyable or refreshing at times. A lot
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What If There’s No Space in the CCRC Healthcare Center When I Need It?

The distinguishing—even defining—feature of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is contractually-provided access to a “continuum of care,” which typically includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and/or skilled nursing care; each of these services is usually offered on-site (although not always). Many CCRC contracts will state that residents of the CCRC have priority access
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