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Comparing Continuing Care Retirement Communities

March 1, 2005

Last month we introduced Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) and their different pricing options. Each community combines independent living, assisted living, and a nursing home. Residents are guaranteed lifetime care. Some require a modest deposit and monthly fees.  Others require a large payment that might be partially refundable to your heirs, and they charge lower […]

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Your Home and Long-Term Care In One Package

February 1, 2005

More and more retirees are looking to solve their housing and long-term health care needs in one move. They are moving into facilities called continuing-care retirement communities, or CCRCs. These also are known as living-care communities. A CCRC has several types of living and health-care facilities in one community. Usually there is an independent living […]

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How to Maximize Retirement Community Deductions

April 1, 2004

A portion of long-term care expenses are deductible as medical expenses. The question taxpayers often ask is what portion of the fees paid to retiree communities, such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes, can be deducted. The Tax Court recently stepped into this issue and set some new rules. When someone enters a nursing […]

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Where To Retire In Style

December 1, 2002

The image of the ideal retirement that is ingrained in the imagination of most Americans includes a home in a sun-drenched retirement community. Reality often doesn’t match the ideal. Some studies show that 25% or more of those who retire to Florida leave within five years. I’ve met retirees who admit to choosing the wrong […]

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Should you buy or rent your winter home?

December 1, 2000

Winter is coming, and the thoughts of many retirees turn to warmer climates. The next thought for those who plan to spend part of the year at a second home is whether it makes sense to buy or rent that refuge. Not many years ago that was an easy decision. Real estate almost always appreciated […]

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New Retirement Living Choices

April 1, 2000

Traditional retirement living and housing choices are on the way out. The new generation of retirees is looking for new living experiences. Developers are obliging, giving older Americans more choices for living arrangements than ever. These new choices involve more than locating outside the traditional retirement havens of Florida and Arizona, as I discussed last […]

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Housing Options For Seniors

November 1, 1997

My parents have reached the point where they are tired of keeping up their big house. They are thinking of downsizing, and are looking at other housing options. They’ve learned that in what is called the senior housing market, there are many options, some of which didn’t exist just a few years ago. The trick […]

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