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A Few Factors to Consider when Buying a Home

15 March, 2021


If you are close upon retirement, or if you have already retired, you may be considering purchasing a home. There are some great homes on the market, and you need to strike when the prices are down. However, this does not mean you should place your bid immediately. Instead, here are a few simple tips that will help when buying a home in an active adult community.



Research and Do your Homework


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Interested in a Rental Community?

15 March, 2021


Buying a home can be an unnerving and scary experience as it requires you to make a significant withdrawal of your retirement savings. This is one of the reasons why so many baby boomers prefer renting to purchasing homes. If you belong to this category of baby boomers, here’s some information you should know before you go any further.



Are you a Short-Term Renter?


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Four Active Hobbies for Seniors

15 March, 2021


Active hobbies are good for you. They keep your mind sharp and your body moving. As you may be aware, it is essential to keep moving and keeping your minds sharp as you age. So, what are some great active hobbies that can help you? Let’s find out…..



Swimming



The Center for Disease Control states that swimming provides a var...read more

Are You Ready for a Home Loan?

15 March, 2021


Very few purchases made in your lifetime will rival that of purchasing a new home. There are a few factors you should consider before making this very crucial purchase.



The first factor to consider is affordability. Owning a home has its own set of expenses. For example, homeowners are required to have insurance. In addition, you need to pay taxes, annually, on your property depending on its location. If...read more

What is Home Owners Association and How Does it Work?

15 March, 2021


In the 60s, there were very few Home Owners Associations (HOA). Today, there are many more due to its increasing popularity. Many 55+ communities, in the US, have Home Owner Associations. If you are considering moving to a 55 + active retirement community, you should be aware of what an HOA is and how it works. Here’s a small run down about HOA.



What is Home Owners Association?


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4 Reasons to Make Sarasota Your Next Home

15 March, 2021


Mid-century modern with youthful energy - Sarasota is like an Oscar winner with an award in every category. With few “best of” lists this gulf city hasn’t graced, it’s one of those places you can really settle into versus just another tourist hub.  Art, dining, and attractions are part of any desirable city (which Sarasota has in abundance) but livability is what puts it on the map. While retiring to the coast might seem like ...read more

4 Reasons to Make Sarasota Your Next Home

15 March, 2021


Mid-century modern with youthful energy - Sarasota is like an Oscar winner with an award in every category. With few “best of” lists this gulf city hasn’t graced, it’s one of those places you can really settle into versus just another tourist hub.  Art, dining, and attractions are part of any desirable city (which Sarasota has in abundance) but livability is what puts it on the map. While retiring to the coast might seem like ...read more

Are You Ready for a Home Loan?

15 March, 2021


Very few purchases made in your lifetime will rival that of purchasing a new home. There are a few factors you should consider before making this very crucial purchase.



The first factor to consider is affordability. Owning a home has its own set of expenses. For example, homeowners are required to have insurance. In addition, you need to pay taxes, annually, on your property depending on its location. If...read more

What is Home Owners Association and How Does it Work?

15 March, 2021


In the 60s, there were very few Home Owners Associations (HOA). Today, there are many more due to its increasing popularity. Many 55+ communities, in the US, have Home Owner Associations. If you are considering moving to a 55 + active retirement community, you should be aware of what an HOA is and how it works. Here’s a small run down about HOA.



What is Home Owners Association?


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Weight Loss After 55

30 March, 2020


As you age, you undergo a lot of changes both mentally and physically. It becomes increasingly difficult to lose weight as we grow older. The main reason being that metabolism drastically reduces after the age of 55. However, it does not mean that one cannot lose weight altogether. With the proper lifestyle changes, you can have a healthy weight and maintain it too. There are many measures senior citizens can do to achieve weight loss. Below are some ways...read more

Technology for Seniors is Crucial to the Future of Retirement Communities

30 March, 2020


Technology is something many seniors until recently, could not fathom. However, in the present day, 55+ seniors are not as ignorant about technology as we presumed. They are becoming more and more independent and leading active lifestyles and doing what they want in their own way. In fact, more and more seniors are becoming extremely tech-savvy that it is believed read more

Reduce Your Risk of Dementia by Ensuring Fitness

30 March, 2020


Dementia is something we all worry about as we age. It is said to be quite common among adults over the age of 65. We have heard horror stories about how people with dementia are unable to enjoy life and need constant supervision etc. etc…. So, I was reading up on this problem, recently, and came upon some interesting information about how your risk of dementia can be prevented by keeping fit. You may ask “how does keeping fit have anything t...read more

What Should it Be? Close To Home Or Far From Home?

30 March, 2020


Older adults may find their old houses either too large or empty once their children have left them. They often consider moving to a smaller home where they can still enjoy a good and healthy life.  Most senior retirement homes offer active adults a wide variety of styles of homes to select from.  These homes may range from one to three bedrooms, separate living and dining areas or an open plan, two to three-car garages, etc.  However, the ...read more

Best States for Retiring

30 March, 2020


Born in one place, educated somewhere else, worked in many different places, including foreign postings and now it is time to settle down for your retirement. This is not an uncommon situation today. The past few decades have changed the world so much that we have so many options when we have to take a decision regarding our lives.



Though people say that the world has become smaller, choices h...read more

Best States for Retiring

30 March, 2020


Born in one place, educated somewhere else, worked in many different places, including foreign postings and now it is time to settle down for your retirement. This is not an uncommon situation today. The past few decades have changed the world so much that we have so many options when we have to take a decision regarding our lives.



Though people say that the world has become smaller, choices h...read more

Best States for Retiring

30 March, 2020


Born in one place, educated somewhere else, worked in many different places, including foreign postings and now it is time to settle down for your retirement. This is not an uncommon situation today. The past few decades have changed the world so much that we have so many options when we have to take a decision regarding our lives.



Though people say that the world has become smaller, choices h...read more

Best States for Retiring

30 March, 2020


Born in one place, educated somewhere else, worked in many different places, including foreign postings and now it is time to settle down for your retirement. This is not an uncommon situation today. The past few decades have changed the world so much that we have so many options when we have to take a decision regarding our lives.



Though people say that the world has become smaller, choices h...read more

Focusing on Texas for Active Adult Communities

30 March, 2020


Many baby boomers are left wondering where to set up residence once their children move off to college.  With 50 States plus the District of Columbia to choose from, the choice can get very difficult.  How do you choose a place to plant your roots for an enjoyable and active life during your empty nester phase?  And, more to the point, where?  Various States in the US are suitable for many different tastes and lifestyles.  We&rsqu...read more

Health Benefits of Grapefruit

04 March, 2020


Grapefruit has been around for decades. I think the fruit was discovered in Barbados. It is believed to be a crossbreeding between the orange and the pomelo. Ok, so the breading of the fruit is not all that clear, but I have to tell you that one thing is quite clear. This is one fruit considered to be one of the healthiest on the planet. There are really powerful health benefits in this fruit that you really have to read this article to know. One thing yo...read more

Great Hobbies for Seniors

04 March, 2020


Is this for real? Is it really necessary to find some hobbies to keep ourselves occupied? Sigh….. yes, I guess. There are advantages to hobbies. Hobbies can help you to while away time in good weather and bad. Hobbies help you learn a new thing. Hobbies keep us occupied. However, finding hobbies, at our age, can be a little challenging. For example, these hobbies cannot be too expensive, as we need to watch the purse strings. But, they need to be f...read more

Are you at Risk of Developing Diabetes?

04 March, 2020


Have you noticed when you pass 50+ our list of medications increases with every passing year? First, we start with medication for managing HP and heart conditions and then move on from there to medication for arthritis, bladder issues, digestion problems, etc. etc. Well, let me add another medication to this long list. How about diabetes medication? According to the New York City Health Department, as of June 10th, diabetes is at an all-time high. It cont...read more

Overcoming the Empty-Nest Syndrome

04 March, 2020


Many boomers go through the Empty-Nest Syndrome once their children have moved out and they find themselves all alone at home. No running around getting things together, no drop-offs and pick-ups from schools and no planning dinner menus anymore. Many boomers wait for this freedom while they are rushing through life with their kids and responsibilities. But, when it finally dawns on us, along with this free time comes the most awful feeling in the world, ...read more

Taking a Closer Look at 55+ Active Adult Communities

04 March, 2020


When we talk about 55+ active adult communities, do we really know what we are talking about? What are these communities? What do they offer 55+ adults, such as, us? What are their restrictions and what are the costs associated with living in one of these communities? These are some of the questions many of my friends and I ponder when we discuss our retirement. After some digging around, I sure managed to become better educated on these 55+ communities a...read more

Overcoming the Empty-Nest Syndrome

04 March, 2020


Many boomers go through the Empty-Nest Syndrome once their children have moved out and they find themselves all alone at home. No running around getting things together, no drop-offs and pick-ups from schools and no planning dinner menus anymore. Many boomers wait for this freedom while they are rushing through life with their kids and responsibilities. But, when it finally dawns on us, along with this free time comes the most awful feeling in the world, ...read more

Bocce Ball Playing has Increased in Many Active Adult Communities

04 March, 2020


Bocce is an ancient game that has been around for many, many years. Although you may not have heard of it before retirement, it is one of the most popular pastimes of active adults and is as popular as horseshoe and shuffleboard. This is a game that is fun to play, encourages healthy social interaction and friendly competition. So, what is a bocce ball? Let’s find out and maybe you will decide to take part in a game yourself.


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Ideal Hobbies for 55+Plus Seniors

18 March, 2019


When you retire, the world is open to you to do many things; things you never thought you would have the time for or the freedom to do. Now that you are retired, are you finding home life a tad boring and dull? If so, consider taking up a good hobby. Yes, it can be a brand new hobby. Something that you may not ever consider in the first place... something, unlike your normal self… So, why not give a shot at one of these hobby ideas?

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Ideal Hobbies for 55+Plus Seniors

18 March, 2019


When you retire, the world is open to you to do many things; things you never thought you would have the time for or the freedom to do. Now that you are retired, are you finding home life a tad boring and dull? If so, consider taking up a good hobby. Yes, it can be a brand new hobby. Something that you may not ever consider in the first place... something, unlike your normal self… So, why not give a shot at one of these hobby ideas?

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Ideal Hobbies for 55+Plus Seniors

18 March, 2019


When you retire, the world is open to you to do many things; things you never thought you would have the time for or the freedom to do. Now that you are retired, are you finding home life a tad boring and dull? If so, consider taking up a good hobby. Yes, it can be a brand new hobby. Something that you may not ever consider in the first place... something, unlike your normal self… So, why not give a shot at one of these hobby ideas?

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Ideal Hobbies for 55+Plus Seniors

18 March, 2019


When you retire, the world is open to you to do many things; things you never thought you would have the time for or the freedom to do. Now that you are retired, are you finding home life a tad boring and dull? If so, consider taking up a good hobby. Yes, it can be a brand new hobby. Something that you may not ever consider in the first place... something, unlike your normal self… So, why not give a shot at one of these hobby ideas?

...read more

Ideal Hobbies for 55+Plus Seniors

18 March, 2019


When you retire, the world is open to you to do many things; things you never thought you would have the time for or the freedom to do. Now that you are retired, are you finding home life a tad boring and dull? If so, consider taking up a good hobby. Yes, it can be a brand new hobby. Something that you may not ever consider in the first place... something, unlike your normal self… So, why not give a shot at one of these hobby ideas?

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Home Remedies for Back Pain

18 March, 2019


Active adult communities are designed and built to suit the requirements of both male and female seniors. Most often, homes in these communities please both parties. However, there are times when women prefer different things in their homes than men. Women, no matter what age, tend to be quite choosy and adamant of what they want in their homes. Here are some key features that 55+ ladies would love to have in their senior homes.


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Right Nutrition Will Take You a Long Way in the Path of Healthy Living

18 March, 2019


Nutrition can be described as food or nourishment required to keep an organism growing and healthy. People need a constant source of nutrition to keep themselves healthy. A nutritious food item has a rich amount of nutrients in comparison to foods filled with fats and sugar. Junk food is never the answer as it is filled with fats, sugars, and oil which if consumed too often will make you overweight and unhealthy.


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Pickleball and How it Took Over Retirement Living

18 March, 2019


Many active adult communities are geared towards providing 55+ and over seniors the ability to enjoy their retirement life with various activities. These communities provide seniors various outdoor amenities that include tennis, swimming, bocce ball, golf and pickleball. If you are new to the retirement world, you would be wondering about “pickleball”. What exactly is this game? Well, stick around and we will tell you.


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Pickleball and How it Took Over Retirement Living

18 March, 2019


Many active adult communities are geared towards providing 55+ and over seniors the ability to enjoy their retirement life with various activities. These communities provide seniors various outdoor amenities that include tennis, swimming, bocce ball, golf and pickleball. If you are new to the retirement world, you would be wondering about “pickleball”. What exactly is this game? Well, stick around and we will tell you.


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How to Make your Home more Energy-Efficient

18 March, 2019


Many seniors, when buying their homes, look for energy-efficient homes. This is certainly so where the nature-loving, socially conscientious Baby Boomers are concerned. For those boomers in retiring age, many homes come with all types of energy-efficient features. However, what if you were living in the same home and your house does not come with all the new energy-efficient features? Then, you look for alternative methods to go green and, not only minimi...read more

Affordable Senior Travel Destinations in the US

18 March, 2019


Summer is just around the corner. Before you know it, flowers will be blooming, the air will be warmer, and the clothes more loose and comfortable… all the signs of summer will be upon us. Some may prefer staying at home and enjoying the hot, summer days while others may wish to spend these days in other parts of the country. For many seniors, traveling is on the cards, especially if you have been saving up for this. However, there are many good de...read more

The Vineyards at Blue Point, Long Island

14 March, 2017


Welcome home to the best of Long Island! The Vineyards at Blue Point is a brand new 55+ community that is nothing short of extraordinary featuring elegant town-homes, and condominiums, and the the luxury of maintenance free living. Situated on Long Island’s South Shore, this pristine community is ideally located near Sunrise Highway, and Long Island Railroad giving active adults easy access to New York City, and the island’s sparkling coastline. For over two decades, Th...read more

The Vineyards at Blue Point, Long Island

14 March, 2017


Welcome home to the best of Long Island! The Vineyards at Blue Point is a brand new 55+ community that is nothing short of extraordinary featuring elegant town-homes, and condominiums, and the the luxury of maintenance free living. Situated on Long Island’s South Shore, this pristine community is ideally located near Sunrise Highway, and Long Island Railroad giving active adults easy access to New York City, and the island’s sparkling coastline. For over two decades, Th...read more

Grand Opening: Valencia Bonita

14 March, 2017


Are you ready for a bold new move? Imagine a retirement destination where coming home was the ultimate stay-cation, and being surrounded in luxury with entertainment right outside your front door was another day in the neighborhood. The grand opening of Valencia Bonita in Bonita Springs, Florida has brought the resort home giving 55+ homebuyers the house of their dreams in a high end community that features amenities you won’t find anywhere else.  Catch a Broadway inspir...read more

Coming in 2018: Overture Dadeland

14 March, 2017


Overture residents describe their communities as “multi-faceted, “beautiful,” and can’t imagine ever wanting to leave. This isn’t your average 55+ community, this is home for active adults who have dared to live better, and dream bigger than they ever have before. Coming in 2018, Overture Dadeland will be bringing high rise luxury living to glorious Miami Florida. A true resort at home experience, these stunning, modern apartments are maintenance free,...read more

Happy California Homeowner Solera at Oak Valley Greens

18 March, 2016


Solera at Oak Valley Greens is a Del Webb active adult community ideally located in Beaumont, California between San Bernardino, and Palm Springs.  Since opening in 2003 this beautiful gated community has built over 1,200 homes with the choice of three single story floor plans, and boasts an array of amenities to suit any lifestyle. The city of Beaumont is a Southern California gem situated in the San Gorgonio Pass, and offers a small town vibe paired with the convenience of big...read more

Keep Moving - Low Impact Cardio

14 March, 2016

Back strain, knee pain, sprained ankles oh my!  Orthopedists, and chiropractors will tell you the majority of injuries they encounter are sports, or exercise related.  High impact exercise like running, or Plyometric jumping stresses joints, and may not be for everyone.  People new to exercise, arthritis sufferers , or those with chronic injuries can still get an effective fat burning workout without the joint strain.  Don't despair if you've had to retire your runnin...read more

Happy Florida Homeowners at The Lakes of Mount Dora

14 March, 2016


The Lakes of Mount Dora is a beautiful 55+ community located about 40 minutes from Orlando and features options for custom, and waterfront properties with an expected 950 homes upon completion.  Located near the quaint town of Mount Dora, residents can enjoy the charming small town ambience and savor the good life.  Reminiscent of New England, the town boasts plentiful shopping, dining, year ‘round events, and a taste of Southern hospitality. If you're considering...read more

A Personal Focus on Social Media

08 March, 2016


A few nights ago I was sitting down to dinner scrolling through Facebook, which I know is bad table etiquette, but I WAS by myself. I came across post after post of beautiful food photography, fun times others were having, and found myself caught in the comparison trap, feeling a bit envious. The topic of social media, and how it affects our self esteem, is an issue for many of us regardless of age, or status. Bettering oneself is a mantra that we all strive for, but feeling inadequa...read more

A Personal Focus on Social Media

08 March, 2016

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What to Consider When Becoming a Caregiver

08 March, 2016


It's not an easy thing to see your elderly parent struggle to care for themselves when throughout your life,  they've been that  invincible hero.  Deciding whether to choose an assisted living facility, or the comfort of your own home is tough because we feel a natural obligation to give back, and be the primary caregiver. There are many questions to consider before making this decision that involve much more than having an extra room in your home. Remember tha...read more

Let's Drink to Good Health

30 March, 2015


What do Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah have in common?  Well if you're thinking a leisurely afternoon at a winery than you're right! But did you know that enjoying that glass of red wine is good for your heart and may prevent falls?  

The skins and seeds of the grapes used to produce red wine contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which has been shown to have effective anti-aging properties.  Antioxidants as we know work to protect tissues...read more

Daily Dose of Sunshine

30 March, 2015


Known as the sunshine supplement, vitamin D3 is getting a lot more attention especially for folks over 50.  It's usually calcium that gets the acclaim for it's bone building benefits, but D3 is becoming recognized for it's ability to not just strengthen bones, but reduce inflammation and treat autoimmune disorders.  

Vitamin D3 is obtained through sun exposure, but as we age changes in organ function can make absorption more difficult . Some are mo...read more

Get Clean Using Eco Friendly Products

23 March, 2015


Using "green" household cleaners is important for anyone but especially for those with compromised lung function such as COPD or asthma.  Conventional cleaning products expose us to toxic fumes, and harmful chemicals that can seep into the skin and cause serious long term effects. Fortunately gentle, and safe formulas are readily available to buy and even easier to make yourself! Here are a few simple ways to cut the cost on both your health and pocketbook.

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Staying Healthy While Eating Out

23 March, 2015


Dining out can be a fun way to try a new cuisine, or enjoy the company of friends and family. The best part about going to a restaurant is that with some smart strategies you don't have to sacrifice your healthy goals to enjoy the experience! 

Most meals served in restaurants contain enough calories and sodium to go well over the average daily recommendation.  A Canadian study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in 2013, showed that one meal served at a ch...read more

Nature's Superfoods

16 March, 2015


A "Superfood" is not always an expensive supplement or extract.  Nature has provided a bounty of colorful fruits and vegetables that are true nutritional superstars. While there are so many options to choose from, i've narrowed them down my favorites. It can be exciting to shop your local produce department and choose what looks beautiful and fresh!

Kale:  Belonging to the cruciferous family, this green warrior is an incredible source of iron, vi...read more

Nathan Carlisle St. Patrick’s Day Event!

14 March, 2015


Join Us for the Nathan Carlisle St. Patrick’s Day Event!  If you are Irish—and even if you’re not—Nathan Carlisle Homes invites you to a hum-dinger of a St. Patrick’s Day Event on Saturday, March 21!  

Wear some green (or any color you choose) and enjoy some lively Irish music from “5 Second Rule” which is one of the Lone Star State’s top Celtic bands!  

Also, arrive thirsty since we will be se...read more

Our Pets: Good For The Heart & Soul

12 March, 2015


Nothing is more comforting than the company of our beloved pets. Most of us consider them members of the family, and take great joy in caring for them. Their loyalty to us, and unconditional love is what makes sharing our lives with them so fulfilling.  The benefits of pet ownership go beyond just emotional wellbeing.  They can help us improve both our physical and mental health as well.

Studies have proven that owning a pet can ease depression, lower blood pr...read more

Staying Social As We Age

12 March, 2015


The Alzheimer's Association has shown that keeping our minds active as we age may help protect against this disease and improve brain function.  Staying socially engaged is important to maintain alertness, and our ability to continue learning.  We are social beings by nature, and getting out there and interacting with others can boost cognitive health as well as self esteem.

Getting Technical:  In our electronic age, social media outlets such a...read more

A Healthy Balance

05 March, 2015


A healthy digestive tract does wonders for overall wellness.  It keeps our skin glowing, helps combat poor immunity, and flushes out pesky toxins.   We've all heard about how taking probiotics,  eating a fiber rich diet and avoiding the "white stuff" such as refined sugar and flour can help keep the good bacteria doing the wonderful job that they do!

Did you know that an imbalance in healthy gut flora can begin during infancy?  The...read more

Fitness for Life

05 March, 2015


Our bodies are designed for movement.  Regular exercise can help alleviate joint pain and stiffness particularly with arthritis. It is important for heart health as well as reducing stress.

There is no one size fits all approach to exercise.  It is important to check with your doctor to know what is right for you. If you're just starting out, begin with something like a brisk walk around the block or a joint friendly pool workout and you'll notice a gr...read more