senior housing

Will Renaming Senior Housing Boost an Industry or Enable Consumer Denial?

Would you rather live in a Life Plan Community or a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)? The market research folks have the answer: Most older adults, especially those under 65, would much rather live in a Life Plan Community than a CCRC. Even though they are exactly the same thing. A group of facility owners has concluded they need a [...]

By |2015-11-11T14:19:52-05:00November 11th, 2015|Senior housing|0 Comments

Should You Stay In Your Home As You Age Or Move To A Senior Community?

Older adults may be better off living in age-segregated communities than in neighborhoods or buildings filled with young adults or families with kids. They may have better support, access to more services, and even a better sex life. That, at least, is the conclusion of University of Florida professor Stephen Golant, an environmental gerontologist and expert in the housing of [...]

By |2015-10-16T09:28:59-04:00October 16th, 2015|Aging, aging in place, Senior housing|1 Comment

The New World of Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities (ALFs) may be going the way of cable TV.  Still around, but with a limited future. Their residents are changing. Even as their needs become more complicated, they are demanding less institutional-like care.  At the same time, assisted living will have to find its place in a world where medical and social care are becoming better coordinated [...]

By |2014-11-25T21:10:39-05:00November 25th, 2014|Senior housing|5 Comments

Nearly Half of All Seniors Need Help With Daily Activities, Far More Than We Thought

Nearly 18 million older adults, or nearly half of everyone 65 and older, report that they need some assistance with routine daily activities. That’s significantly more than generally believed and suggests that the burden on families and the overall care system may be much greater than previously thought. According to a new study by Vicki Freedman of the University of [...]

By |2014-10-08T10:56:35-04:00October 8th, 2014|Aging|6 Comments

Six Questions to Ask Before You Move Into a Senior Living Community: A Resident Tells the Inside Story

What should you know before you move into an independent living senior community? To find out, I asked a long-time resident.  But not just any resident. Len Bachman has been living in an upscale 313-unit independent senior community in Chevy Chase, Maryland for about a decade. In some ways, he’s very typical of his neighbors. Now an active 89, he moved in [...]

By |2014-08-06T09:39:44-04:00August 6th, 2014|Senior housing|2 Comments

Congress Cuts or Freezes Most Senior Services Programs in New Budget Deal

Congress is about to agree to a bipartisan budget for 2014 that will at best freeze federal spending for many critical senior services. In a few cases, the fiscal plan will increase funding a bit from the low levels driven by last year’s across-the-board “sequester” spending cuts. But for the most part, programs will have to meet growing demand for [...]

By |2014-01-15T17:21:32-05:00January 15th, 2014|Aging, Federal senior services programs|0 Comments

The CPR Death at Glenwood Gardens: What Really Happened and Five Lessons You Should Learn

By now you know the story—or at least think you do: A nursing home nurse sees an 87-year-old resident in cardiac arrest and calls 9-11. Despite desperate pleas of the call center operator, the nurse refuses to do CPR and the resident dies. Except most of the story isn't true. Lorraine Bayless lived at a Bakersfield (CA) continuing care community called Glenwood [...]

By |2013-03-06T16:02:05-05:00March 6th, 2013|Aging, Caregiver tips, End of life, nursing homes|4 Comments

How Senior Communities Can Connect with Their Neighbors

Too often, we stash our elders away in institutional residential care facilities. And, sadly, even many active seniors choose to separate themselves from the broader world, opting for what they see as the safety and security of gated communities.   This week, I spent a couple of days in Rochester, N.Y., where the St John’s Living Community has developed two [...]

By |2012-11-30T21:16:28-05:00November 30th, 2012|Aging, aging in place, nursing homes, Senior housing|3 Comments

Driving Senior Services Over the Fiscal Cliff

With the election behind him, Barack Obama's first item of business will be dealing with the fiscal cliff--that toxic combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts that are due to kick in on Jan 2, unless Congress acts to delay or replace them with a long-term deficit reduction plan.  Going over the cliff would mean deep cuts in a wide range of government programs. [...]