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May 17, 2024 • News & Blog

What Is Independent Living?

Independent living is a senior living option designed for active older adults who are looking to downsize and enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle.

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May 14, 2024 • News & Blog

Take a Hike: Senior Tips for Tackling Those Trails

Older adults who’ve enjoyed the great outdoors their entire lives don’t have to retire from their senior hiking trips or hang up their walking

April 23, 2024 • News & Blog

U.S. News & World Report Names Cottage Grove Place Among Best Senior Living Communities for 2024

Cottage Grove Place is excited to announce that we have been recognized as a Best Independent Living for 2024-2025 by U.S. News & World Report.

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March 28, 2024 • News & Blog

Discover Cedar Rapids: 7 Must-See Spots Near Iowa’s Heartland

Cedar Rapids experiences all four seasons the same way other parts of the country do. But citizens of and visitors to the city–much like residents

January 26, 2024 • News & Blog

A Creative Start to the New Year: Art Therapy for Seniors

What better moment to dive into the world of creativity than the beginning of a new year? January is International Creativity Month—the perfect

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December 26, 2023 • News & Blog

Benefits of Moving to a Senior Living Community: A Closer Look at Cottage Grove Place

One question often looms as we age: where should we spend our retirement years? For many older adults, the answer is in a senior living community.

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November 21, 2023 • News & Blog

Cottage Grove Place’s Management Company becomes J.D. Power’s most awarded brand in the history of its Senior Living Satisfaction Study

Life Care Services ranked #1 in Independent Living, for the fifth year in a row, and added a #1 ranking for Assisted Living/Memory Care in the 2023

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November 20, 2023 • News & Blog

Conversations With Cottage Grove: Insights Into Our Happy Place for Assisted Living Residents

Kayla Duggan knows a thing or two about senior assisted living and how it provides older adults with just the right amount of support they need to

benefits of music for seniors

November 03, 2023 • News & Blog

Soundtrack to Wellness: The Therapeutic Benefits of Music for Seniors

Music transcends through generations and cultures proving to be a helpful tool for many. The benefits of music therapy for seniors are noteworthy,

residents rightsizing their home for moving in to a retirement community

September 27, 2023 • News & Blog

Rightsize Your Way to a Joy-Filled Retirement Lifestyle

If retirement is the chance to explore the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of, then rightsizing is the key to setting the stage for a seamless

cottage grove happy place

August 25, 2023 • News & Blog

Residents Have Spoken: Cottage Grove Is Their Happy Place

Cottage Grove Place independent living residents are “able to live the best life possible” and “can’t imagine being anywhere else,”

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July 25, 2023 • News & Blog

Looking for Suggestions on How to Get Fit if You’re Over the Age of 65? Try These.

It’s no secret that being active is good for one’s health, and that’s true for people of all ages. But what if you’re in your 60s, 70s or

long term vs short term care

June 23, 2023 • News & Blog

Do You Know the Difference Between Long-Term Care and Short-Term Care?

(Hint: It’s About More Than the Length of Time.) It’s true that someone who is receiving long-term care can typically expect a longer stay than

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May 25, 2023 • News & Blog

Senior Pet Project? Consider All the Aspects of Pet Ownership Before Taking That Particular Walk

You would be hard pressed to find someone whose day is not made better by an encounter with a lively pup or a frisky kitty. But owning and caring for

Cottage Grove Place Entrance

April 18, 2023 • News & Blog

Independent Living Through the Eyes of a Cottage Grove Place Resident

The reasons people decide to move into an independent living community are as varied as the communities themselves, though there are some common

JD Power Associates awards recipient

November 21, 2022 • News & Blog

Cottage Grove Place’s Management Company Ranked #1 in J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study

Life Care Services Awarded Highest Customer Satisfaction Among Senior Independent Living Providers for the 4th Consecutive Year Cottage Grove

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October 12, 2022 • News & Blog

Hurricane Ian Support

For those affected by Hurricane Ian and are natives of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, please reach out to us for any assistance we may be able to

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August 29, 2022 • News & Blog

U.S. News & World Report Names Cottage Grove Place a 2022-23 Best Senior Living Community

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – May 10, 2022 – Cottage Grove Place has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2022-23 Best Senior Living

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December 01, 2021 • News & Blog

Life Care Services Ranked #1 In Independent Living Customer Satisfaction By J.D. Power

Nation’s second-largest senior living operator receives highest score in all 6 factors Cottage Grove Place is excited to announce our

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September 29, 2021 • News & Blog

Planning Financially for a Move to a CCRC

Every so often I get asked about financial guidance on moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC or “life plan community”).

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June 23, 2021 • News & Blog

A Positive Aging Mindset May Slow the Aging Process

by Brad Breeding “Age is just a number.” “You’re only as old as you feel.” “Age is a state of mind.” Such clichés may seem

senior couple woman in wheelchair

May 12, 2021 • News & Blog

How Respite Care Can Be Used To Test Drive Assisted Living

Moving your parents or loved one to assisted living is a decision that requires a lot of thought and research. There are so many different aspects

senior couple selling house

April 09, 2021 • News & Blog

Thinking of Selling Your Home? This Could Be the Ideal Time

by Brad Breeding   Spring is in the air, and most of us couldn’t be more ready for warmer weather, budding flowers, and chirping

daughter reading to parent

March 08, 2021 • News & Blog

Senior Living Gives Seniors and Adult Children Peace of Mind

Children — even adult children — turn to their parents for support. They see their parents as caregivers, and it’s often a surprise when the

senior couple reading

February 12, 2021 • News & Blog

4 Ways to Know You’re Ready to Consider a Move to a Retirement Community

by Brad Breeding There are certain things in life that, if you wait until you feel absolutely certain that you’re ready and

senior couple smiling

January 12, 2021 • News & Blog

What Will Long-Term Care Cost and How Long Will I Need It?

by Brad Breeding According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)’s Administration on Aging

senior woman playing jenga

December 29, 2020 • News & Blog

What Residents Say About Cottage Grove Place

What Sharon Says: "My first connection with Cottage Grove Place was in 1996 when it first opened. My mother moved in at the time of the opening. The

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December 10, 2020 • News & Blog

Emotional Wellness Apps for Seniors

Most of us appreciate the importance of physical wellness both now and as we age. Intellectual wellness too has garnered more attention as we learn

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November 20, 2020 • News & Blog

Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power

It’s a Proud Time to Live at Cottage Grove Place Our management company, Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, ranked highest in customer

senior woman reviewing documents

November 18, 2020 • News & Blog

Long Term Planning: When to Start and What to Consider

When it comes to making a long-term plan for how and where to live as we age, you’d be hard pressed to find many who don’t see the value in

Senior Couple Embracing

November 06, 2020 • News & Blog

Potential Health Benefits of Living in a CCRC

    by Brad Breeding A recent study conducted in the U.K. looked at the impact that moving to a retirement community had on

Senior woman with daughter

October 07, 2020 • News & Blog

4 Ways To Support Your Aging Parent

Everyone ages differently and at different times. And while your parent may still be young in your mind, it’s important to notice changes in

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June 16, 2020 • News & Blog

Red Cedars Assisted Living at Cottage Grove Place Redefines Life for Residents

Red Cedars Assisted Living at Cottage Grove Place Redefines Life for Residents. New program helps residents preserve their lifestyle in a stylish

retirement community questions

November 14, 2019 • News & Blog

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Retirement Community

Choosing a retirement community is a big decision, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Picking a retirement community to reside in takes

Holidays with loved ones in assisted living | Cottage Grove Place

November 12, 2019 • News & Blog

Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Loved Ones in Assisted Living

Retirement communities offer activities that will help people stay active and engaged in life. Ready or not, the holidays are quickly

Al & Terry | World Traveling Seniors

November 12, 2019 • News & Blog

Independent Living: These World-Traveling Seniors Have Seen it All

Just because you live at Cottage Grove Place doesn’t mean you can’t roam the planet, too! Who says moving to a retirement community means

Retired Couple on Bench in Independent & Assisted Living community | Cottage Grove Place

September 30, 2019 • News & Blog

What’s the Difference between Independent and Assisted Living?

It’s common for people to misunderstand the difference between independent living and assisted living. Some retirement communities only offer one

senior couple on vespa

July 18, 2019 • News & Blog

Retirement Communities Are Not Nursing Homes: Common Myths and Misconceptions About Retirement Communities

Living in a retirement community gives residents the option to enjoy daily exercise, entertainment and various activities. Unfortunately, there

Couple in Thought about Assisted Living | Cottage Grove Place

March 29, 2018 • News & Blog

When Is The Right Time For Assisted Living?

The decision to place a loved one in the care of another is undoubtedly one of the most difficult you’ll face. We’ve put together information

Senior Couple Downsizing their Home | Cottage Grove Place

October 27, 2017 • News & Blog

Five Steps To Downsizing for Seniors

Many responsibilities may fall on your shoulders as you help take care of an elderly parent or grandparent. These responsibilities can include

Senior Rehab

July 27, 2017 • News & Blog

Five Reasons To Implement Post-Surgery Rehab

There’s no hiding the fact that America’s Greatest Generation is aging, a fact we must face head on as they did with the many challenges they

senior man in wheelchair laughing with daughter

April 20, 2017 • News & Blog

The Need For Assisted Living Options

Your parents raised you and protected you as a child. Now the tables have turned. As they age, your parents may require a new level of care from

senior couple on walking path

August 15, 2016 • News & Blog

Nine Things To Look For In Independent Living Communities

You’ve worked hard your entire life. You’ve raised a family. You lead an active lifestyle. But you’re ready to downsize, sell your home, and