Retirement planning is an important part of aging, as you want to be sure that you have the details sorted in advance so you don’t have to worry when the time comes. Do you find yourself wondering when to retire? There is no straightforward answer – it depends on several factors, from finances to health. To help you determine what age is best for your situation, we break down the different benefits between retirement age groups to help guide you through your planning process. Read more
If you’re looking at options for retirement, you may have heard the terms Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Continuum of Care Retirement Community. Though they sound similar, you may be wondering if there is actually any difference between these terms. In fact, there is a bigger difference than you may think!
Below, we explain each of these types of retirement communities and how understanding their benefits can help you determine which type of retirement lifestyle is best for you! Read more
If you’re thinking of making the move to an active retirement community, you know that it’s a big decision that can feel exciting and new – and also a little overwhelming at points. After years of accumulation in your home, you may be wondering where to start. The best way to get ready for this wonderful next chapter is to prepare your home for downsizing by having an estate sale! To help make the process run smoothly and successfully, we’ve put together some of our best tips for estate sale downsizing below! Read more
As one of the country’s biggest and most celebrated holidays, 4th of July weekend is always sure to be a good time! Thanks to early July’s perfect weather in Maine, there is no better time to commemorate the birth of American independence. While we love backyard barbecues (and there is certainly no shortage of them during the 4th of July), sometimes it’s fun to celebrate a little outside of the box. If you don’t have anything planned for America’s 246th birthday and are looking for ideas, look no further. In anticipation of Independence Day, we’ve rounded up some 4th of July activities for active adults that are sure to have you feeling patriotic!
1. Bake Patriotic Desserts
Nothing says 4th of July like festive red, white and blue desserts! It’s so much fun getting creative with this color scheme – come up with some sweets that will truly wow your loved ones. From marbled fudge and firecracker strawberries to blueberry pound cake, there are hundreds of delicious recipes available to try!
2. Go Camping
Again, you really can’t beat the weather this time of year, so pack up your car and head out for a night or weekend of camping! There’s nothing like cooking dinner over an open fire as the sun sets, stargazing, and chatting with loved ones over s’mores. You’ll probably even catch the local fireworks in action!
3. Play Backyard Games
Looking to pass some time between your daytime plans and the start of 4th of July fireworks? Time to whip out the backyard games! There is no shortage of yard games to choose from, any of which could be a great way for a family to pass the holiday hours. Try cornhole, croquet, badminton, horseshoes, or even oversized Jenga to entertain and delight!
4. Get Out in Nature
This Independence Day, take some time to enjoy nature and soak in the sun, clear blue skies and warm Maine air! It’s the perfect weekend to take a long walk, go for a hike, or even a bike ride. The best part? You will probably have the trails primarily to yourself!
5. Catch a Parade
Parades are always full of energy and excitement, with decorative floats, music and happy crowds. Celebrate the kick-off of the holiday weekend with your local town parade! A quick internet search or looking at your town’s website should give you all the information you need!
6. Go Berry Picking
The beginning of July is prime time for berry picking, especially in Maine! There are so many local U-pick farms to choose from offering an abundance of juicy summer fruits like blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. Some of our favorite farms include:
- Maxwell’s Farm – Cape Elizabeth, ME
- Hansel’s Orchard – Cumberland, ME
- Orchard Ridge Farm – Gorham, ME
- Randall Orchards – Standish, ME
An added bonus? Once you’ve picked as many berries as you possibly can, bring them home to bake a festive 4th of July pie or dessert!
7. Visit a Historical Landmark
A wonderful, unique way to reflect on America’s past is by visiting and learning about historical landmarks. Maine has a rich history to share, so you have your pick when it comes to what you want to learn about! From the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester to the Cushnoc Archeological Site in Augusta, check out one (or a few!) of Maine’s incredible historic sites.
8. Read Up on American History
If you’re not able to travel during the holiday weekend or would simply prefer to lay low and relax, you can still get your dose of American history by reading up on it! Dive into a historical biography of famous American figures, or even download an audiobook – whatever your preferred method, it’s a great way to spend some time learning about our history. If you’re looking for some ideas, this list offers a great selection to choose from!
9. Relax at a Lake
There is nothing like a day at one of Maine’s pristine lakes to make you appreciate where you live! Pack a lunch, some towels and beach chairs and prepare for a relaxing, enjoyable day in the sun this 4th of July.
10. Watch the Fireworks
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Independence Day celebration without experiencing the magic of annual 4th of July fireworks! No matter how old we get, there is something special about feeling the reverberation of each burst and watching the night sky light up. In fact, one of the most iconic firework shows in Maine takes place right in Portland’s East End, overlooking the Casco Bay.
OceanView at Falmouth
OceanView at Falmouth is an active retirement community located in stunning Falmouth, Maine. We truly offer retirement living for the 21st century! Our homes, which range from independent apartments and cottages to assisted living and memory care, include a 100% refundable entrance fee and 24/7 maintenance. This provides our residents with stress-free living, sociability, security and peace of mind for the future, so you can simply enjoy your retirement!
To learn more about our community at OceanView, please contact us today!
As we age, we inevitably become more vulnerable to certain risks in life, which brings the importance of safety to the forefront. It makes choosing the right place to enjoy your retirement years an important decision. Active retirement communities offer incredible lifestyle advantages, such as maintenance-free living, convenient amenities, and endless social opportunities. They also provide thoughtful safety measures like easy healthcare access and on-campus security that offer peace of mind for your future, so you can simply enjoy your retirement! Below, we highlight several ways that a senior living community can offer safety to residents. Read more
Once you reach retirement age, it’s likely that you’ve spent most of your life taking care of loved ones and putting others before yourself. Though self-care is a term coined only in the last several years, it’s an essential part of maintaining our health as we get older. Aging and self-care are connected in ways that you may not have even thought of!
Below, we explain what self-care is, why it’s important to your health, and some easy ways to take care of yourself! Read more
Understanding the differences between types of senior living communities is essential when making decisions for your retirement, especially if you are considering a move. When it comes to independent living vs. assisted living, there are several key factors you’ll want to consider as you do your research. While there are wonderful benefits found in each type of senior living community, learn more about which could best meet your needs with our guide below! Read more
Retirement doesn’t mean you stop learning; in fact, it can mean quite the opposite! Reaching your hard-earned retirement years means leaning into the freedom to explore your hobbies and passions. There is no easier way to do just that – technology has given us the capability to put virtually everything online, so you can continue to expand your horizons from the comfort of your own home. Stay engaged, educated and active with these fun online classes for seniors! Read more
It’s an adage as old as time: “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s no secret how fun it is (and how good it feels!) to enjoy a good belly laugh, but did you know there are some incredible health benefits that are directly linked to laughter? As we age, laughter becomes an essential part of our overall well-being. It’s scientifically proven to improve your body’s function and lead to a happier, healthier life! Learn about some incredible laughter health benefits, plus several easy ways to incorporate more laughter into each day! Read more
Heading into the new year typically signifies the beginning of a fresh start, especially after indulging in the holiday season. For many, this means kicking bad habits to the curb and working towards building new, healthy habits in their place. When it comes to setting healthy goals, look inward on what you’d like to improve on. Whether it’s drinking more water each day or cutting down on snacking, there are small, achievable goals that can be extremely rewarding if you stick with them! We’ve put together some healthy New Year’s resolutions to help kick-start your healthy new habits! Read more