Helping Parents Maintain Their Independence

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

We all envision our parents as the strong, capable people they were in our youth. Dad would whirl us around until our heads spun. Mom would bake the tastiest holiday desserts. In our eyes, they are always accomplished, always healthy, and always right.

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Topics: Future Planning

What If My Senior Parent Becomes Too Sick for AL?

Posted by The Arbors on Jun 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

One of the biggest drawbacks of most assisted living communities is the possibility of having to move your parent somewhere else if they become ill or disabled. Tearing your parent away from a community they know and love would be heartbreaking for them—and you.

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Topics: Future Planning

The Arbors Welcomes Dracut

Posted by The Arbors on May 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Dracut, Massachusetts, is a close-knit community. It’s the kind of town you never want to move out of,” describes Amie Hanrahan, executive director of The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities.

The problem was, though, that there are no Assisted Living communities near Dracut. Amie and her cousin, Sara Robertson, chief operating officer of The Arbors, saw the opportunity to help an underserved community and decided to open The Arbors at Dracut. “Now, people can stay home in the town they know,” she says.

The Arbors Welcomes Dracut

The cousins welcome Dracut to The Arbors family as part of their own family business. The Arbors at Dracut offers 79 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as Reflections, a specialized memory support environment.

With Dracut, The Arbors consists of 9 residential communities scattered all over Massachusetts in Amherst, Chicopee, Greenfield, Stoneham, Stoughton, Taunton, Westfield, and Winthrop.

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Topics: Future Planning

Why Retire in Massachusetts?

Posted by The Arbors on May 11, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Forget Florida’s huge bugs and Arizona’s mummifying air and California’s expensive tastes: Massachusetts is not only a great place to live, it’s a great place to retire.

Massachusetts came in 7th in BankRate’s survey of top places in the United States to retire. And although we didn’t beat out our neighbors to the north—#1 New Hampshire and #3 Maine—we still have reason to be proud.


Can you afford Assisted Living?


BankRate rated the states according to cost of living, healthcare quality, crime rate, culture and social, weather, senior prevalence, and senior well-being.

The top 10 are:

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Topics: Future Planning

Move Smart: 10 Moving Apps

Posted by The Arbors on May 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Moving from one home to another is difficult. Downsizing possessions can make it a nightmare. When your parents decide to move their belongings from their long-time home to an Assisted Living community, your emotions may be indescribable—full of anticipation as well as reminiscence.

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Topics: Future Planning

How to Help Your Parents Manage Their Money

Posted by The Arbors on Apr 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When your parents start needing help, you tend to worry about the obvious things, such as making sure their lawn is mowed or reminding mom to take her medication. One of the last things you think about is their finances.

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How Can My Parent Afford Assisted Living?

Posted by The Arbors on Apr 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Your parent’s cost of living in an Assisted Living community is cheaper than living in their own home—but not by much. Genworth Financial estimates the median cost in 2016 was $3,628, less than half the cost of a nursing home. The company estimates the cost this year will rise to only $3,737.

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Why Is Assisted Living Certification Important?

Posted by The Arbors on Mar 31, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The problem with Assisted Living communities is that there are no federal standards. In one state, an Assisted Living community may be a house modified for multiple occupancy. Another may consist of individual dwellings where the residents are all provided with help with activities of daily living (ADLs). Still another may be comprised of apartments with public spaces for hair salons, dining, and fitness.


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Stop Denying Your Parent's Inevitable Changes

Posted by The Arbors on Feb 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Our parents are amazing. They are the template upon which we model ourselves. We always want to be as strong as dad or as skilled as mom.

When we see our parents every day, we don’t notice subtle changes. Mom burns dinner more often. Dad decides to shut down his shop in the garage and store his car there. Are you denying your parents’ inevitable changes?

What is denial?

It’s easy to slip into a state of denial. Denial includes refusing to recognize a stressful situation, avoiding facing facts, and minimizing consequences.

Denial has its uses. “Being in denial gives your mind the opportunity to unconsciously absorb shocking or distressing information at a pace that won't send you into a psychological tailspin,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Topics: Future Planning, Caregiving

4 Documents You Need to Get from Your Parent Now

Posted by The Arbors on Jan 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

No one wants to talk about the end of a loved one’s life, but almost everyone worries about it. Scientific surveys agree with this observation:

  • 90% of people say talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27% have done so.
  • 82% of people say it’s important to put their last wishes in writing, but only 23% have done so.
  • 60% of people say it’s “extremely important” not to burden their loved ones with decisions about end-of-life care, but only 56% have communicated end-of-life wishes.
  • 60% of people believe adults should have estate planning documents, but only 44% have them.
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Topics: Future Planning

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