independent living vs. senior apartments

Senior Apartments and Independent Living: What’s the Difference?

At the retirement stage in our lives, many seniors face the decision of downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home. One of the most common choices for seniors is choosing between independent living vs. senior apartments. But what are the differences between these types of homes? While both offer the positive advantages of living independently in a safe and like-minded community, they do vary slightly in what they offer. Read more

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Active Senior Living Communities

Deciding to move into an active senior living community can be both exciting and overwhelming. With so many options available, it can be challenging to know where to start, which makes researching senior living communities a crucial part of the process. To help you avoid some common mistakes and make the most of your research, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when exploring active senior living communities.  Read more

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Incredible Advantages of Retirement Community Dining

As we age, our nutritional needs change, and it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to what we eat. That’s why many seniors choose retirement communities that offer meal options that cater to their specific needs. OceanView at Falmouth, one of our active retirement communities in Maine, offers a wide range of dining options that cater to seniors’ nutritional needs. In this blog, we will explore all of the advantages of dining at retirement communities like OceanView and how it can benefit residents! Read more

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5 Benefits of Senior Transportation for Older Adults

It can be a bit harder to get around the older we get. As needs change and it’s not as easy to just hop in the car, you may feel like you’re losing your independence. But don’t let yourself feel defeated! Transportation for seniors is a vital solution offered by active retirement communities like OceanView to ensure you can stay on the go without missing a beat. Keep reading to learn the incredible advantages of senior transportation for older adults! Read more

how do you know when it's time to retire

How to Know When It’s Time to Move to an Active Retirement Community

Retirement is a time to enjoy your freedom after a lifetime of planning and hard work. You’ve earned it! But how do you know when it’s time to retire and move to an active retirement community? Whether it has always been your plan or is a relatively new idea as you’ve gotten closer to retiring, there are a lot of personal factors to consider when it comes to timing. Below, we take a look at active retirement living and what to consider when moving to a senior living community. Read more

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6 Ways to Reset After the Holidays

There is so much that goes on during the holiday months between late November and early January. From cooking and planning to travel and socializing, often combined with overindulgence and less-than-ideal amounts of exercise, you may feel like you need a reset. That post-holiday slump is normal, and luckily there are various simple ways to help your body and mind detox after holiday festivities! Here are 6 easy tips to get you started. Read more

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When Is the Ideal Time to Retire?

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

continuum of care retirement | Residents and staff walking on OceanView's campus

Continuing Care Retirement Community vs Continuum of Care: What’s the Difference?

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

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Downsizing Your Home? Try These Tips for a Successful Estate Sale

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

4th of July activities for adults

4th of July Activities: 10 Fun Ways to Celebrate

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:

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!