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What’s it like to live in a North Carolina Retirement Community? We asked the residents. Moving into a retirement community should be a relief. Say goodbye to the hassle of keeping up your house, and let the relaxation and fun begin! With that in mind, many are making the decision to move into continuing care retirement communities, also called CCRCs. At a continuing care retirement community, the care grows with you. You can move in as an independent living resident, and if there is a need for more care later in life, assisted living and nursing care are right on the same campus. Larry and Betsy DeCarolis knew that a CCRC would be the right choice for them, and they found a home at Croasdaile Village. “We wanted to make this move, which is inevitable for anyone in the aging process,” Larry DeCarolis says. “Keeping up a house on your own is going to take a toll, and you’re going to need more assistance. We were looking ahead to that time, and we decided to make the move when we were both of sound mind and body. A lot of the decisions that had to be made were complicated. We had to make a lot of downsizing decisions, for instance. Such decisions need to be made as logically and intelligently as possible. We didn’t want to make the move a decision on the part of our children.” Joyce Young chose to move into The Oaks at Whitaker Glen for that same peace of mind. “I had visited, and I liked what I saw,” Young says. “I wanted to get to where I was with people […]
So often we think our travel has to cost a lot of money, take us great distances away and require a bunch of planning to be fun. But sometimes the unelaborate, off-the-cuff trips are the best ones! When their day-to-day lives got a little ho-hum, the seniors below dreamed up these travel experiences to shake things up a bit. Tom & Linda Tom is an avid fisherman and lucky for him, he has a wife who doesn’t mind supporting his habit. Recently, they jumped in the car and traveled from their home in Maryland to a 250,000-square-foot Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA, to shop for the upcoming fishing season. “Tom was in heaven,” says his wife, Linda. Not only did he get to see and touch all the tackle, boots, etc. that he’s ogled in the catalog for years, but he also enjoyed seeing the stuffed wildlife—from deer and bear to elephants, zebras and alligators—in the store. Linda was also able to do a little shopping, taking home a new pair of earrings alongside Tom’s carload of fishing gear. They even made a weekend of it, spending the night at a local hotel to enjoy the scenery of the area. Beverly & Joan Even though Beverly grew up in Florida, she had never been to the Everglades, nor did she really want to. “I always thought it would be too hot and mosquito-ridden,” she explains. Earlier this month, her partner, Joan, who didn’t have those same biases about the area, convinced Bev that the Everglades would make a fun camping trip. Traveling to this exotic destination, only about three hours from their home, the couple canoed, […]