Continuing Care Retirement Communities

A Thorough Guide to Your Options

Next session: August 3 - September 15, 2017

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are an attractive residential option for active older adults. CCRCs offer a full continuum of independent housing, assisted living, and skilled nursing care within a single campus setting.

In the Asheville area there are a variety of these kinds of communities, each with a different financial model, various health and wellness options and services, and varied amenities. Navigating your way through all of the choices to find a community that is right for you can be a challenge. Members of the OLLI Life Transitions Committee have designed a course to help you assemble the relevant information and ask the right questions to see whether the CCRC is a living option that meets your needs and to help you choose among the options available to you.


  • A definition of Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Types of available older adult housing and care levels
  • Financial and investment models (including a discussion of deposits, entrance charges and monthly fees)
  • Extensive, modified, and fee-for-service contract types
  • Tax implications and concerns: Healthcare options (on-site doctors, nurses, emergency personnel)
  • Wellness facilities(swimming and water aerobics, fitness centers, exercise classes, memory classes, and physical therapy)
  • Services (housekeeping, linen, transportation, group trips, musicals, concerts, onsite lectures and classes)
  • Meal plans
  • Resident testimonials
  • Waiting lists

Program Details

“Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities” will meet for eight sessions over the course of seven weeks. Three of the meetings will be held at the Reuter Center where participants will hear from speakers to set a context for better understanding the advantages and challenges of life in a CCRC. For the other meetings, participants will travel to representative communities to hear both from marketing directors and from residents to gain a clearer understanding of quality and character of individual communities. Informational sessions held at CCRCs will generally last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; participants will have the option to eat lunch at each of the CCRCs.

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The 2017 Exploring CCRCs program dates are below. The final times will be published once confirmed.  Check back or contact Laurel Jernigan ( for more information.

August 3: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
August 10: Times TBD
August 17: Times TBD
August 24: Times TBD
August 31: Times TBD
September 7: Times TBD
September 14: Times TBD
September 15: 9:30 a.m. - noon

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$150 per person payable by Visa or MasterCard.  Register online once

*OLLI membership required to participate


Registration will open in the spring of 2017.  Email Laurel Jernigan ( to be added to the list to be notified when registration opens.




Consideration of moving to a CCRC is a major event involving financial, legal, and life style changes. OLLI's CCRC workshop allowed me to explore this option with technical experts, opportunities to personally examine local alternatives in the field, and discuss the experience with like minded peers, many of whom brought their own wisdom to share. This is an important decision and needs to be approached with care; OLLI’s workshop gave me a cost-effective, 'one stop' opportunity to think this through. 
-Bill O'Connell

I learned so much from the CCRC program that I would have been unable to learn if I tried to explore area CCRCs on my own. It was well organized, and the on-site visits were invaluable. My long list of questions were enhanced by those of my classmates, and well answered by the staff and residents of the CCRCs we visited. Thanks, OLLI for sponsoring such a helpful program.
-Dorothy Routh

The Exploring CCRCs course was invaluable for me.  I learned so much from the experience as well as from others in the class.  There is no way I could have learned as much in the same amount of time if I had tried to do all the research on my own.
-Martha Marshall

I do not live in a CCRC but wanted to understand them as a potential alternative for the future. The OLLI CCRC course gave me a solid understanding of their role in the aging world, their funding and costs, and how to begin to evaluate quality of care and service for these programs.  This course left me feeling enriched and better prepared to make decisions about care for myself and family in the future.
-Dan Beerman

The experience of attending the CCRC program offered by OLLI is invaluable. This is a unique opportunity to compare the various types of communities, meet the residents, sample the food, and hear from the knowledgeable Marketing staff about their activities and events.
-Marge Campbell

I would highly recommend the "Exploring CCRC's" program for anyone about to deal with the life task of making plans for retirement living.  Even if one is fairly knowledgeable about CCRC's (as I was, having worked as a CCRC Resident Services Director some years ago), it is helpful to have updated information on the local options, as well as opportunities to share opinions and reactions with others in the class.  Though individual visits to facilities will be needed when one is actually making a decision to apply,   the group perspective is valuable as one begins to consider timing, resources, and needs.
-Nancy Schuman

Karen and I both took this course in 2014 and found it not only very well-conceived and managed, but essential to our thinking about the future. We credit the course directly with giving us the informed perspective on CCRC's that resulted in our placing a deposit at one of those we visited with the class. That decision gave us the same kind of peace of mind as a good insurance policy - we knew that our place would be guaranteed if we eventually made the decision to move to a continuing care community, and which one was our preference, having sampled the variety of types, plans, costs, and locations in the Asheville area.
-Ron Scheinman & Karen Sparer

I want to glowingly praise this program; it was that helpful to me.  For anyone even remotely considering a move someday to a CCRC, this class is worth every penny. After taking this class, I feel well equipped to choose the right one.
-Beth Isaacs