Life Plan Community May Become the New Term for CCRCs

LeadingAge, a nonprofit association representing the aging services industry, has announced its intention to begin referring to Continuing Care Retirement Communities as “life plan communities.”

During the organization’s annual meeting in November, the LeadingAge NameStorm Task Force revealed Life Plan Community as a new way of referring to senior living communities that provide multiple levels of care. LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix said the group felt that the new label would provide a better perception of the industry among adults yet to enter their senior years.

Minnix said the new name encompasses the idea of having a workable plan for moving into the next phase of life. Communities may choose to adopt the new naming convention or continue using their current names at their discretion.

Two Years in the Making

The name was announced following a two-year process dubbed NameStorm. LeadingAge led the effort with participation from a research firm, four marketing firms and a LeadingAge member company.

The decision process for the new name included three different research initiatives to help determine the perception of the CCRC descriptor in the senior living market. The NameStorm task force sought input from corporate leaders in the field along with community residents, prospective residents and others. The research indicated that among adults younger than 65 — considered to be future consumers of senior living services — 84 percent did not prefer the CCRC name.

Encouraging Planning at a Younger Age?

Members of the LeadingAge task force felt that because many individuals who move to CCRCs are natural planners, the word “plan” would make sense as part of the new name. One task force participant representing a member community expressed hope that the new name will help prompt younger adults to begin the retirement planning process.

Some task force members also felt that the new name would continue the process of preparing for baby boomers arriving at senior living communities in large numbers. The new name reflects communities that are adjusting services and programming to better appeal to this savvy group of consumers, one task force member suggested.

The Next Steps

The task force expressed optimism that LeadingAge members will embrace the new Life Plan Community name. Time will tell whether senior living communities across the country begin referring to themselves as life plan communities or stay with the familiar Continuing Care Retirement Community designation.

To learn more about the many benefits of moving to a CCRC like The Cypress of Charlotte, please contact us.

5 Healthy Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is upon us, and here at The Cypress of Charlotte, our mouths are watering for some delicious and healthy Mexican food. We’ve pulled together some of the best recipes we’ve found to create a scrumptious, health-supporting Mexican menu for the big day!

Zippy Chicken Enchiladas

For the main dish, we love enchiladas — preferably with chicken, since it’s lower than beef in saturated fat and cholesterol. These Zippy Chicken Enchiladas are easy to make, especially if you start with pre-cooked chicken. Spicy enchilada sauce adds pep, and you can go a little hotter by adding some jalapenos and salsa on the side.

To lower the salt and fat content, we like using reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup, reduced-fat or fat-free shredded cheese, and fat-free refried beans.


Grilled Corn Mexican Salad

For the perfect side dish to your chicken enchiladas, try this Grilled Corn Mexican Salad. This recipe starts with fresh, healthy ears of corn and adds lime juice for the perfect Cinco de Mayo taste. After you grill your corn, cut it into wedges and add the remaining ingredients for a tasty salad. To lower the fat, try a reduced-fat variety of mayo.

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Traditional Mexican Guacamole

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without creamy, delicious guacamole! This traditional recipe couldn’t be simpler or healthier, and the limited number of ingredients lets the flavor of the avocados shine through. For best taste, be sure to use the freshest tomatoes you can find.guacamole

Sparkling Margaritas

You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo meal without Margaritas, but if you’re not a fan of the traditional sugary and salty brew, there are multiple healthier options. We like this super-easy recipe for Sparkling Margaritas, which uses low-glycemic agave nectar in place of the sugar and doesn’t incorporate added salt.

For the kids and for those who prefer to avoid alcohol, try these Frozen Lemon-Berry Margaritas, sans the tequila. With lots of fresh berries, this frozen treat delivers plenty of vitamins and healthy fiber along with great taste.


Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

This recipe is a little lighter than many versions of Tres Leches Cake, which typically is overly sweet. While the cake is most definitely a dessert treat, you can boost its health quotient by going light on the cake and heavy on the fresh strawberries to round out your Cinco de Mayo meal.

If you love delicious food, you’ll love The Cypress! Every day, our chefs prepare a range of healthy, sumptuous dishes that delight our residents. To learn more about how The Cypress can support your healthy lifestyle, please contact us today.

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