Video Interview: Learn Senior Housing Answers

Video Interview: Learn Senior Housing Answers

your-senior-housing-options-coverThis video will explain the three levels of care in senior housing.  It identifies health requirements to move into an independent retirement community.  Learn what happens if a senior or couple qualify to move into a retirement community, then change their mind(s).  Can the senior or couple still qualify one year later if their health worsens?  When does a senior with memory loss or dementia bypass their opportunity to move into an independent setting at a retirement community?  These are expert answers by award winning author Diane Masson.  She has written two books about senior housing: “Your Senior Housing Options” for seniors and “Senior Housing Marketing” for professionals.

Diane Masson is the regional marketing director of two Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California, Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet. Connect with her at

How Will Self-driving Cars Impact Seniors and Senior Housing?

How Will Self-driving Cars Impact Seniors and Senior Housing?

Self-driving CarSelf-driving cars are here.  The first self-driving taxi was launched in Singapore, only navigating in a limited portion of the city.  Google has logged more than 1.5 million miles in self-driving cars in four states here in America.  The Ford Company announced its plan to have a driverless car by 2021.  USA Today, stated experts believe that driverless cars will be available to the public in 2020.  We are just a few years away – wow!

Seniors who have vision or other health challenges can become independent again with these state-of-the-art cars.  But with 50% of seniors having dementia at age 85, a driverless car may strand disoriented seniors who can’t remember the make and model of their car or where they parked it.

Some seniors base their decision to move into a retirement community on when they can’t pass the driver’s license exam.

At first glance, it seems that retirement communities that offer transportation will be able to eliminate the driving staff.  Right?  Wrong!!  Don’t be so fast to downsize these crucial senior assistants.

Can a driverless car at a retirement community help seniors:

  • In and out of the cars and buses as a senior becomes more frail?
  • Load and unload groceries?
  • Locate their doctor’s office in the medical building if the senior has dementia?
  • Make sure he/she can return safely to their home after an appointment?

Only drivers at retirement communities can help with all of the above scenarios.

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Diane Masson is an award winning author who passionately educates seniors about senior housing options through television, radio, a blog and Southern California seminars (at 55-plus retirement communities, churches and Continuing Care Retirement Communities like Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet).  “Your Senior Housing Options,” just won the 2016 Mature Media Award.

When is the Ideal Time to Move to Senior Housing?

Do you know a friend, family member or a senior neighbor who is struggling in their home?  Have the day-to-day basics become too much?  This video shares some tips on discovering the right time to start exploring senior housing.

Amazon review for: “Your Senior Housing Options.”

Diane provides encouragement to plan ahead and instruction on how to navigate retirement living options. Her personal trials and breadth of experience in the field allows her to identify pitfalls to watch out for and questions to ask. I found this a very readable book that is extremely helpful for retirees and their loved ones with the desire to chart the course for retirement living success.

“Your Senior Housing Options,” is designed to help seniors and their boomer children to navigate choices quickly in crisis mode or preferably while planning ahead. Learn more tips at:

Proactive Senior Plans Ahead at 73 Years Old

Learn the reasons why a 73 year old senior would plan ahead.  After living in a 55-plus retirement community for 15 years and watching neighbors struggle as they age, she and her husband wanted to live in a supportive environment that offers future health care.

Seniors Getting Squeezed

Seniors Getting Squeezed

Your Senior Housing OptionsWhat should this senior couple do? They sold their home that they could not manage any more and decided to move into an independent rental retirement community in Orange County, California. The couple has an income of $3,600 a month, but their monthly rent is $5,200. (The senior couple’s rent includes three meals a day, wellness classes, entertainment, housekeeping, transportation and etc.) So $1,600 is taken out of their savings for rent on a monthly basis, plus they still have to pay for telephone, Internet, hair styling, car bills, pharmaceuticals, insurances and possibly even gifts and travel.

This senior couple is just one example. Their plight is not uncommon. Thousands of seniors are concerned that their meager savings are eroding too quickly. 

What happens when a senior needs assisted living? How will they afford it? What if one of them has a debilitating stroke and needs long-term skilled nursing? On a nationwide basis, it averages $80,000 a year.

Are you aware that board and care homes in Orange County California recently went up $1,000 to $1,500 a month because of the increase to minimum wage? Board and cares are the least expensive options for seniors needing assisted living type care. How will seniors afford the care now?

Social security is not increasing for seniors in 2016.

Costs for independent living, assisted living, memory care and Continuing Care Retirement Communities will continue to rise as food, utilities and minimum wage goes up. Most of these retirement communities are saddled with a 50 to 100 million mortgage. The residents will be making those interest payments too.

Here’s a tip: Ask what the history of the year-over-year monthly fee increases have been. What will it be in 2016? Some predictions are 5 – 8 percent increases? What have you heard?

It is getting tougher for seniors to make decisions and plan for their future.

Here’s another tip: Sometimes that one time investment at a Continuing Care Retirement Community ends up costing you less in the long run. Figure out the break-even point for you. Many offer you support if you outlive your resources. Ask lots of questions and do not rely on verbal promises of senior living sales people.

News Flash: Diane Masson’s new interview on Generation Bold Radio will broadcast on Sunday, December 6th on the BizTalkRadio Network syndicated to 33 stations across the country.  

Diane Masson is a senior living expert who has authored two 5-star rated books sold through Amazon. Her new book is an all-encompassing answer guide for seniors called, “Your Senior Housing Options,” designed to help seniors navigate choices quickly. The second book was written for senior living professionals called, Senior Housing Marketing – How To Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full. Reach out to her through her website: and read the weekly blog.