Retirement with your partner is an exciting new chapter. You have more time to do the things you love with the person you love as well as to pursue those personal passions you may have put aside while you built a career and/or raised a family. While retirement brings new opportunities, it also comes with challenges. You and your partner might struggle to fill all your extra time and keep your mind stimulated, find it challenging to maintain your home, and face new medical conditions. Thankfully, there are options that can provide you with all the right tools to enjoy retirement together, to its fullest extent.

You’ll have the opportunity to live an active and fun retirement in a Life Plan Community, also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) while also ensuring all your needs are met. While leaving the home you’ve lived in, and even raised a family in, can be tricky, transitioning into a CCRC sooner rather than later will eliminate many of the stresses you might face if you wait.

Fewer Household Chores

Once you move into a CCRC, you’ll enjoy freedom from all the hassles of staying in your current home. Some of these things might be obvious – like not having to cook each meal, clean your home, or change a lightbulb. Other conveniences may come as a pleasant surprise – like not having to mow the lawn or shovel snow, handle home maintenance, or track down a reliable plumber or handyman. When you move into a CCRC, the courteous and well-vetted staff take on many responsibilities you and your partner have been handling.

Lock-and-Leave Lifestyle

When you move into your independent living residence, you’ll be able to come and go from the campus as you please. With your newfound time, you can visit out-of-town family, stop by your favorite shops, or take the vacation(s) you’ve always dreamed about. With 24/7 campus security, a mailroom handling your letters and packages, and even housekeeping stopping by to ensure your apartment is clean and ready for your return, you won’t have to worry about leaving your home for days or weeks to travel.

All The Support You’ll Ever Need

CCRCs have professional teams ready to assist you in any way they can. Some staff act as concierges and can assist in planning events and outings, while others are there to help you with physical and mental fitness. In addition to a great staff, you and your partner can make new friends with other residents. You’ll be able to meet other singles or couples and find new friends who share common interests.

Opportunities To Embrace Independence

While a CCRC is a great place to enjoy retirement with your partner, it’s also the perfect environment to be independent of each other. While CCRCs offer you and your partner many activities that can be done together, you won’t have to rely on them as your only companion for all the activities available on campus. If there’s an activity or event your partner isn’t excited about, you can go with a new friend or go alone and meet someone new!

If you decide to stay in your current home, it can be more challenging to find senior-focused, low-cost events. You also might feel less inclined to leave your partner at home while you go out with friends, as he/she might be more dependent on you for social interaction. But in a CCRC, events and activities are just outside your door and included in your monthly fee. The campus makes staying active and social easier because activities and events are more accessible, and you’ll get to pick and choose only what interests you.

Less Stress Over Medical Care

Alongside all the experiences and ease of living at a CCRC, you’ll have proper medical care available if you or your partner need it. CCRCs have on-campus care providers ready to assist you with your medical needs, whether it be a short-term injury like a fall or muscle strain or more long-term issues that can occur as you age. In a CCRC, as your care needs change, you can stay comfortably in your own residence or move within the same campus.

If you stay in your current home, you risk losing time with your partner if one of you must move away into a standalone assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing facility. Moving into a CCRC with your partner before your needs change prevents a stressful move or having to separate from your partner at one of the greatest times of need, to be together.

If you and your partner are looking into your options for living an independent, active, and healthy retirement, consider a CCRC. You’ll experience a maintenance-free home on an energetic and social campus with an experienced support team. CCRCs support your retirement socially, physically, mentally, and spiritually so you can focus on enjoying your retirement to its fullest with your partner.


The Ormsby understands the importance of aging happily with your partner and provides a great lifestyle with the peace of mind of future support. To learn more about all The Ormsby offers for you and your loved one, visit their website or call 1-859-330-1490.

Today’s technology provides endless opportunities for anyone to continue their educational journey, whether it be learning a new language, brushing up on history or developing a new skill. Online learning platforms allow everyone, including older adults, to take on new challenges and expand their brains.

As you age, it’s important to stay healthy physically and cognitively. By continuing to learn and exercise your brain, you’ll keep your cognitive health in good shape and slow the progression of decline. And as you enter retirement, you’ll have the chance to continue learning and exploring things you are passionate about that you may not have had time for when you were working and raising a family.

Technology has made it easy to access online learning platforms from your computer or smartphone. If you have access to the internet, you can learn pretty much anything from anywhere. Many online learning sites are free or offer a paid version at a small cost. Depending on your interests, many sites offer diverse types of classes and lessons covering assorted topics. Here are some of our favorite online learning platforms:

1: Coursera: Working side by side with more than 300 of the top businesses like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and some of the best universities in the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and John’s Hopkins University, Coursera has a reputation for working with the best. They offer classes in business, computer science, language, art, health sciences and more. Whether you want to learn something new or master something you love, Coursera has the resources for you. You can take classes just for the love of education or work toward degrees and certificates from major universities, all from your computer.

2: Duolingo: This language learning platform, available online or through a top-rated mobile app, offers language learning for its users centered around real-life communication and not just learning grammar rules. The goal is to have learners holding conversations as quickly as possible, with daily reminders, missions and activities to help students stay motivated. Duolingo has created a research-backed teaching method to make lessons more enjoyable, digestible and easy to remember. They currently offer 43 different languages, so whether you’re brushing up on your French or starting fresh with Japanese, Duolingo has something for everyone.

3: MasterClass: This online learning platform for adults offers classes across many topics, taught by masters in their fields. Whether it’s cooking taught by Gordon Ramsay, filmmaking led by Martin Scorsese or even astrophysics with Neil deGrasse Tyson, MasterClass has something for everyone. The site is excellent for picking up new skills, learning new information on a topic you are interested in, mastering something you’ve been working on or just relaxing and enjoying the lectures.

4: One Day University: This virtual university has partnered with more than 200 of the country’s best professors to create online lectures across hundreds of topics. One Day University believes learning should be informative and fun, so their lectures are educational, engaging, and enjoyable. They offer hundreds of topics, some of their most popular being history, politics, art, business and even zoology. Lectures typically last about an hour and can be viewed anytime and anywhere with an active subscription.

5: Skillshare: This is a wonderful place to explore, learn and master creative skills like video editing, writing and painting, and even share some of the skills you’ve excelled at in your life. Skillshare teachers are professionals who want to share their talents and skill sets with a community eager to learn. Learners can pick up a new hobby or skill taught by real-world professionals.

This is a hub not only for learners and creatives but also for budding teachers. If you have a particular skill set you’ve mastered over the years, Skillshare is always looking to add new courses and teachers to its website. By teaching, you can share your passion with excited students while making some money too.

These are considered some of the best online learning platforms because they offer a wide variety of topics taught by professionals. No matter which website or course you choose, you’re bound to learn something new and interesting. You’ll even be able to connect with other users on the platforms and meet like-minded individuals, discussing what you learned, what you might not understand yet and what you’re going to learn next. You could even take a class with friends and then hold discussions over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The benefits speak for themselves.


No matter what platform you choose, there’s lots of learning to enjoy and topics to explore. The Ormsby understands this and the benefits of continued education. That’s why they have a Life Enrichment team dedicated to helping their residents continue living vital, active lives. Learn more about The Ormsby and all they have to offer on their website or call 1-859-331-1490.

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