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Aging In Place Communities

Most people prefer aging in their home than going to a nursing home or even assisted living. That makes sense to me.

To learn more about “aging in place” I went to several of the many web sites with that name.  Several had some very good ideas about making improvements and renovations to your existing home to make it age friendly. The idea, according to these sites, is to make improvements to your home that you have lived in for the last 15 to 30 years and just stay right where you are. These sites even feature a directory of contractors ready to make these improvements to your home. They also list the types of improvements to make your home age friendly.

However, I found out through social media that these sites were hostile to active adult communities and even any 55 plus communities. They really mean it when they say age in place. They really want you to make improvements to your existing home no matter where it is or how non age friendly it is, hopefully using their suggested contractors.

I think what this idea misses are that you can age in place in an Active Adult Community like I live in or any 55 plus community for that matter. The reasons for doing that are substantial.

Aging In Place in an Active Adult Community

To start, the home you purchase in an Active Adult Community will already have most of the age friendly features in place.  My home is one level. That is a biggie. No steps. Flat entry from garage and front and back.

Most of the age friendly features have been here from day one: high counter tops in kitchen and baths, high commodes, large walk in shower with seat, levered door handles, extra insulation, hardi plank siding, windows all across the back of the home, nice sun room, and more.

Besides age friendly homes, it’s an age friendly community.  If I had made improvements to my 3-level home in the suburbs the improvements still would not have been as good as the home I bought.

You can pick your location if you buy in an Active Adult Community.  You can move closer to your adult children if you like. Or a different part of the country for that matter. Or a small town on the outskirts of your city. If I had stayed in my old home it still would have been in a subdivision which everyone was still working and no one was home and new families with small kids were moving in.

Active Adult Communities are age friendly communities. My neighbors I can relate to. They are retired and available for the many activities we have here. There is even a club or volunteers to help when people need help. A social support group. They are safe with friendly people, what more could you want.

Active Adult Communities have age friendly homes already and are age friendly communities as well.

They are not assisted living communities. However if your plan is to grow old at home with in home personal care and many other services available, you can do that in a retirement community as well.

So I don’t see why the “aging in place” sites are only thinking you can age in place in your existing home you have lived in for a long time.  It seems to me there could be a better idea of moving to a new age friendly home in an age friendly community and getting the same in home personal care when you need it. You want need suggested contractors and months of construction going on.

Now if you need memory care or develop serious medical conditions, you may need to move to a facility to take care of you. That would be the case no matter where you lived. You can age in place even better in an Active Adult or 55 plus community home as you can in your current home needing improvements and in a neighbor that may not be the best for aging in place.   

Resources:
55 Community Guide
Aging in Place: Growing Older at Home – National Institute on Aging

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Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits are not taken by many US veterans who need and who qualify for them.

We have a large Veterans group here at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community in North Georgia.  I attended the Veterans Day Ceremony last year and have learned we have hundreds of fellow veterans living in our community. I suspect most Active Adult Communities also have many veterans, as those of us now in retirement are of the age to be Korea and Vietnam era veterans.

Georgia Department of Veterans Service
Georgia Department of Veterans Service

I was informed recently by Captain Ron and Neil from our Veterans Group about veterans benefits.  I went to the Gainesville office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and found them helpful. The stipulation was that I inform other veterans of these benefits.

 

 

I now have a Veterans drivers license and a Veterans tag. I made a claim for Tinnitus, a ringing in the ears condition that has been bothering me for some time. A few months ago, I wrote about how sensitive my ears have been and getting acoustic ear plugs to help.

Veterans Drivers License
Veterans Drivers License

Georgia Vet Plate
Georgia Vet Plate

Veterans Benefits

There are too many veterans benefits for me to cover in this post, but I have a recommendation below of how to find out which benefits are available to you. It’s worth your time.  You and your spouse may qualify for long term care benefits through the VA. That’s a big one.

Why Veterans Do Not Apply for Veterans Benefits

Many Veterans are reluctant to apply for available benefits for many reasons including:
1) They do not know about the benefits they have earned. I would highly recommend to any veterans to visit their state’s Department of Veterans Services.  They are not the VA but are there to assist you in finding out about your benefits. I found them to be extremely helpful. Just take your form DD214 and get to their office early.  It is not bad and you will be glad you went.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service is an agency of state government created for the purpose of advising, counseling, and assisting Georgia’s veterans and their families in receiving their rightful benefits under the vast and complex framework of veterans’ laws.

You can search google for your state’s Department of Veterans Services. They are easy to find.  Here are some popular states: California department of veterans affairs, Florida department of veterans affairs, Arizona department of veterans’ services. Each state has one.

2) They do not want the hassle of filling out all of the paperwork and chances of getting turned down. I would again refer you to your state’s Department of Veterans Service. They pretty much fill the applications out for you. They are in your corner, advocating for you.

3) They do not want a handout or government assistance. Veterans if you were active duty, then you qualify. If you were drafted for two years like I was, you qualify. This is not a handout. Many veterans are suffering ailments that are now just showing up that were service related, now that we are in our 60’s and beyond. Many veteran benefits are not service related but are there because you did your service to the country.

Captain Ron in his email to me said it best:

Now finally there is one condition for this information, OK?
You must share this information with another deserving veteran that is hesitant to put in a VA claim. We all deserve it and were willing to give up our life for our country, some did, only we are the lucky ones that didn’t. Deal?? So many have done it here at VDC through word of mouth. My friend Neil Eisenberg may be the champion for getting the most to VA. I’m a close runner up. ?

Best Regards,
CapnRon ??⚓️?

In Summary

From what I know, the best and simplest advice for anyone who severed on active duty with an honorable discharge would be:
1. Get your DD214 and go down in person to your state’s Department of Veterans Services.  Just tell them about your service and ask what benefits are available.

2. Just do it.  Don’t wait. Don’t get bogged down in research, it will overwhelm you. See step one above. Benefits accrue from the time of application.

Also Read my post about Veterans Cruise Discount

Robert Fowler