Is a Niche Senior Living Community for You?


More and more senior living communities are catering to specific niches. If you are looking for an independent or assisted living community that is a bit unique, just like you, a specialty community could be the right choice. Here’s a look at some of the niche communities that are popping up across the country for seniors seeking assisted living, continuing care, or independent living housing communities.

LGBT– Same-sex couples or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered individuals can now find a senior living community where they can fit in, without concerns of discrimination or feeling as if they have to hide their preferences. According to an article in SmartMoney, the first GLBT-friendly senior community opened in California in 2012 and, today, there are at least a dozen such communities across the country, most concentrated in big cities.

Multicultural senior living communities – Many senior living communities place a special emphasis on recognizing and celebrating their residents’ many cultures. From ethnic cooking to multicultural holiday celebrations, seniors can find comfort in the familiar traditions of their heritage and, if they are interested, also learn about other cultures.

On the other side of this coin, some senior living communities cater to seniors of specific cultures and ethnicities. Aegis Gardens in Fremont, Calif., is designed to appeal to Chinese seniors, with Chinese-speaking staff, as well as cuisine and activities that represent Asian culture.

The demand for, and availability of, Jewish assisted and independent living communities is also rising; many Jewish seniors have needs that range from Kosher cooking to specialized Alzheimer’s care as holocaust survivors.

Education-focused senior housing – Today’s active seniors know the importance of keeping their minds sharp to stave off the mental signs of aging even potentially postpone the onset of Alzheimer’s. That’s why senior communities with a strong emphasis on adult education classes are growing in popularity.

Some of these communities are located near a college campus, affording seniors the opportunity to learn from top university professors, either at classes within the community or on the college campus. For instance, seniors at Lasell Village, a senior community on the grounds of Newton, Massachusett’s Lasell College, commit to 450 hours of lifelong learning each year.

Other senior housing communities offer their own curriculum that can include everything from fitness and nutrition to computers, history or creative writing.

While many senior housing communities offer one or two adult ed. classes, if you plan to fill a lot of your time with continuing education, you’ll want to look for a community that promotes lifelong learning through the depth and breath of classes it offers.

Niche Communities Are About Inclusion
While it’s illegal to exclude anyone from senior housing on the basis of race or gender, these specialty communities offer services designed to specifically include and appeal to a certain group of people — whether that group is a specific culture or ethnicity, gays and lesbians, or seniors with a particular hobby.

Whatever your passion, there’s no reason you should abandon that passion when you move to a senior living community. On the other hand, this could be just the time to discover a new passion to pursue in your new hometown!

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