Housing and real estate for seniors refers to specialized housing options and real estate considerations tailored to the unique needs and preferences of older adults. It includes a range of housing choices, such as age-restricted communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), designed to support the well-being, comfort, and lifestyle of seniors.
Housing and real estate for seniors encompasses a variety of living arrangements and considerations aimed at meeting the specific needs of older adults as they age. These housing options offer various levels of support and care, allowing seniors to choose the type of environment that best suits their lifestyle, health, and personal preferences.
Age-restricted communities are residential neighborhoods or developments designed for older adults, typically aged 55 and older. These communities often feature amenities such as recreational facilities, social activities, and maintenance services, catering to the needs and preferences of active, independent seniors.
Independent living facilities are designed for seniors who can live independently but desire a community setting and access to amenities and services. These communities may offer private apartments or cottages, along with shared spaces for socializing, dining, and recreational activities.
Assisted living facilities provide housing, personal care services, and support for seniors who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and meal preparation. Assisted living facilities offer a balance of independence and support, ensuring that residents receive the assistance they need while maintaining their autonomy.
Memory care facilities are specialized communities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory-related conditions. These facilities provide a secure and structured environment, specialized care services, and tailored activities to support cognitive functioning and promote a sense of well-being.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer a continuum of care, providing independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care within the same community. CCRCs allow seniors to transition between levels of care as their needs change over time, providing a sense of security and long-term planning.
Dr. Andrew Carle – Professor and expert on senior housing and the senior living industry.
Dr. Stephen M. Golant – Gerontologist and author specializing in housing options for older adults.
Dr. Benjamin W. Veghte – Policy expert focusing on affordable housing and aging in place.
Annamarie Pluhar – Author and advocate for shared housing and intergenerational living options.
Mary Kay Buysse – Executive Director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM)
AARP – Housing Options: www.aarp.org/livable-communities/housing
SeniorLiving.org – Senior Living Guide: www.seniorliving.org
National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM): www.nasmm.org