Trends in Senior Living
With baby boomers quickly becoming the largest population, and not just in senior living, the entire senior industry has seen many changes. With a better understanding of what seniors are looking for, senior living communities have started adapting programs and amenities that attract this large population. The leading game changer has been customizing each resident’s experience within the senior living community to make it specifically his or her own.
It’s no secret that staying active while we age is crucial in order to maintain a healthy and long-lived life. Many assisted living and independent living communities are recognizing this and are beginning to offer wellness programs, exercise classes and amenities such as a designated fitness room or pool. Many communities have turned these wellness programs into an opportunity to socialize and meet other residents as well to encourage a healthy lifestyle within the community.
Many times when people think of long-term care they think of long hallways filled with rooms and residents sitting outside their doors watching all the visitors and nurses walk by. The assisted living industry has changed this notion completely by creating beautiful resort style communities that offer the residents all the amenities and services that a luxury resort or cruise ship might offer. Three meals prepared daily by a chef in-house, golf courses or other outdoor activities available on the campus, housekeeping and laundry services provided within the monthly rent and the choice of apartment sizes and features have all contributed to the high demand in large assisted living communities.
As surprising as it might seem, the baby boomer generation’s presence on social media sites has been quickly increasing over the past few years. Suddenly this new technology is one being sought out by the 50+ generation to stay in touch with friends, children, grandchildren and former colleagues. Recognizing this, many senior living communities have jumped on board to offer computer labs within the community and classes to keep the residents up-to-date with this ever changing industry.
Aging In Place
As the population grows older, it also grows smarter. Seniors know what is ahead and many are taking control of their own future and moving into a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or other senior living community to avoid being stuck in a nursing home in years to come. Seniors have begun to realize that moving into a beautiful senior living community at a young age when they are still healthy and having the ability to stay there if their health declines is more beneficial than staying in their own home. This is why many communities have stayed up on these trends and are looking to not only target the average assisted living resident that is around the age of 80, but to appeal to the baby boomer generation that is younger.
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