Want to Live to 100? Research Says It’s Possible

Although longevity can be a controversial subject, the latest research indicates the science behind this growing trend. In this recent article from the Population Reference Bureau, More of Us on Track to Reach Age 100: Genes, Habits, Baboons Examined for Longevity ...

 
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Q&A: Independent Living Housing, Services & Programs

Choosing to reside in an independent living community means more than just having your own parking space and the freedom to come and go as you please. Learn more with this Q&A overview.

Q: What types of housing ...

 
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The Origins of Assisted Living

Assisted living emerged in the 1990s as a new level of care that fell between the extremes of independent senior housing, primarily designed/intended for active, self-sufficient seniors who are generally in good health, and skilled nursing care in a nursing home, a setting created for individuals with more complex medical needs who typically require round-the-clock supervision and services.

As many approached an age where the need for assistance increased, ...

 
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Upside-downsizing: The New Trend in Boomer Housing

Downsizing is a worthy goal pursued by many boomers (who are also, in most cases, empty-nesters) seeking a simpler lifestyle as they approach the retirement years. The downsizing trend seemed to increase in connection with the collapsing real estate market and troubled economy. However, as the Montreal Gazette reports, some boomers are finding that it makes better sense to “upsize” their downsizing plans.

Enter Pam Royl and Ian McArdle, who ...

 
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Multi-Generational Households Are Back

As of 2008, a record 49 million Americans, or 16.1% of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation. (from the Pew Social Trends report)
Comebacks are happening all the time - styles, products, actors, movies, musicians, sayings - and in this case, a once-popular housing arrangement is re-emerging. Multi-generational households are back. A recently ...

 
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Senior Services Spotlight: Ecumen’s “Lifestyle Covenant”

Ecumen's "Changing Aging" blog is pretty sweet. With bylines like "What's Shakespeare Got to Do with Dementia?!" and "More Seniors are Smoking Marijuana," this is aging stuff with some bite, some creative edge. It's unique content, it's well-written, and it's worth checking out.

I was inspired to browse the site after a comment on one of my February posts referenced Ecumen's Lifestyle Covenant. First things first, Ecumen is an innovative ...

 
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2010 Senior Housing News

Housing is a huge concern for seniors today, especially given that this year will be the first since 1975 without a COLA (cost of living adjustment) increase in their Social Security checks. But a recent article in The New York Times highlights a few bright spots on the housing front.

In the fall, Congress approved an 8% increase for the Section 202 program in FY 2010, the first increase since 2004. The funding will help ...

 
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Senior Housing Industry: Where Are We Now?

It might be hard to believe, but we're halfway through 2009 already.

The mid-year is always a good time to evaluate then and now, so let's take a look at an article on www.seniorhousingnews.com, which posted in January. The article listed 10 senior housing issues predicted to be hot topics; the list included (to name a few) reverse mortgages, senior housing entities filing for bankruptcy, and the emergence of innovative ...

 
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Kid-Friendly Senior Housing: Meeting the Needs of Two Generations

An innovative housing project proposed for Milwaukee-s North Side will help grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. With a price tag of $10 million, Villard Square would not be the first of its kind in this newest senior housing trend, following major metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago and Boston. Chris Laurent of Gorman & Co. development firm states the project-s goal: placing children from broken homes into a stable ...

 
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Reverse Mortgages Popular With Boomers: Are They Right for You?

Kicking off on January 1st, prospective home buyers age 62 and up can purchase a home with a reverse mortgage, provided that the home will be their primary residence.

An article by Theresa Sullivan Barger explores the possibilities that this program affords for senior home buyers. Although reverse mortgages have been in existence for quite some time, most people had used them to take equity out of their existing homes either ...

 
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