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As Assisted Living Options Increase, Nursing Home Occupancy Declines

Assisted living poorly defined, typically includes a broad range of options with varying levels of care; offers alternatives to nursing home care for some

By Katherine Kahn, Contributing Writer

July 10, 2012 - A new study finds an association between an increase in assisted living options, which provide older adults with an array of services such as help with everyday tasks in homelike settings, and a decline in nursing home occupancy. This shift in delivery of care has both positive and negative implications for seniors. Read more...

How to Pay for Assisted Living? New Guide Offered Free to Seniors and Caregivers

Stratford Retirement is making the new guide free to help people make informed decisions about the costs of senior living facilities

Click to download guideJune 26, 2012 - Caregivers and the elderly searching for assisted living facilities in the United States now have a new resource to help guide them through the maze of payment options associated with care facilities. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Aging in Place Preserves Seniors’ Independence, Reduces Care Costs

 ‘With this type of care, most people wouldn’t need to relocate to nursing homes’ - see video

March 8, 2011 - America’s 75 million aging senior citizens soon will face decisions about where and how to live as they age. Current options for long-term care, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, are costly and require seniors to move from place to place. University of Missouri researchers have found that a new strategy for long-term care called Aging in Place is less expensive and provides better health outcomes. Read more..Watch video.

Senior Citizen Politics

Legislation Moves Forward to Increase Low-Cost Housing Options for Senior Citizens

Banking subcommittee approves bill from Sen. Kohl, Chair, Special Committee on Aging, other Democrats

Oct. 4, 2010 – A program of Housing and Urban Development, Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, is headed for expansion and improvement, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Special Committee on Aging. Read more...

Senior Citizen Homes & Communities

Senior Citizens Finding Long-Term Care Close to Home; Say Nursing Homes Depressing

Growing number of people banding together to help each other grow old at home

By Jennifer Ludden, NPR News

Sept. 7, 2010 - In Chevy Chase, Md., Betty and Jack O'Connor are part of a growing number of people banding together to help each other grow old at home. Betty is 80, Jack, 85, and it's something of a triumph that they're still living independently in their suburban house, with its backyard garden and pool. Read more...

Independent Living Solutions for Aging Senior Citizens a Booming U.S. Industry

Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) popping up nationwide, states getting involved with creating necessary standards for the industry

By Cheryl Kerr, Caregiver Systems’ Division Manager

Oct. 5, 2009 - Throughout the years you’ve faced each challenge life threw your way, and the fact that you’ve survived means you’ve learned each lesson and earned your wisdom. The next challenge is one we never thought would come…how to age with grace and dignity. Read more...

Preventing Falls by Senior Citizens on Surgeon General’s List for Healthy Homes Program

Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D.HUD Director also releases Healthy Homes Strategic Plan at news conference

June 10, 2009 – Preventing falls that injure and kill so many senior citizens will be near the top of the list of actions in the Call to Action announced yesterday by Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H.. The program is called, “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes.” Read more...

Economy Keeps Seniors from Retirement Homes; Others Must Pay Medical or Mortgage Bill

Unable to sell their homes in declining market, many elderly cannot afford to buy retirement homes


Daily Reports



Nov. 25, 2008 - The "housing crisis has kept thousands of older Americans who need support and care from moving into retirement communities or assisted-living centers, effectively stranding them in their own homes," the New York Times reports. Unable to sell their homes in the declining market, many elderly U.S. residents cannot afford to buy into retirement homes that require a $100,000 to $500,000 up front payment to move in. Read more...

Trilogy by Shea Homes Again Ranks Highest in Satisfaction for Active Adult Communities

Del Webb in Las Vegas, Sacrament; Shea Trilogy Phoenix honored in J.D. Power study; active adult home buyers report a slightly greater number of problems

Sept. 10, 2008 - Trilogy by Shea Homes ranks highest in customer satisfaction among the largest active adult community home builders for a second consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study released today. Read more...

Seniors Buying Upscale Park Trailers to Spend Retirement in Vacation Spots

These luxury “Park Models” look more like a cottage than a trailer; seniors have bought 80,000

June 7, 2008 - For many seniors, retirement means downsizing to a smaller home, and perhaps even moving to a less desirable location to save money. Others, however, have found an affordable way to live in some of the most sought after destinations in the country. Some retirees even have winter and summer homes. Read more..

Senior Citizen Homes & Communities

Forward Living: An Encouraging Look at Senior Citizens Staying in Their Homes

The key to ‘Forward Living’ is the creation of an environment with adaptive technologies that help seniors comfortably, independently and safely age - within their own home

By Herb Hauser, Midtown Technologies

Click for larger viewDec. 08, 2007 - Almost 80 million Boomers are heading into retirement, and they’re not taking it sitting down.  And why would they?  They’re too busy traveling, enjoying sports, socializing and culture to take time to sit.  It’s a good thing too, because Boomers are one of the largest demographic phenomena to hit the U.S., and they have both the demonstrated will power and numbers to change the nation’s preconceptions about senior living. Read more...

How to Fit Your Treasures into Smaller Retirement Living Space

To accent treasured possessions while transforming space into beautiful, functional home is goal of Redesign for Retirement Living

By Melissa H. Kuzma

Nov. 2, 2007 - Like many children of the “Sandwich Generation,” Sue Thomas found herself helping her mother move into a local 55+ community.  As a decorator with over 20 years of experience, Sue immediately made the connection between redesign and retirement communities. Read more...

HUD to Fund $518.9 Million in Housing Assistance for Very Low-Income Elderly

Another $124.8 million to help very low-income disabled

Oct. 29, 2007 - It will soon be easier for thousands of senior citizens and people with disabilities to find affordable housing, according to a news release from Housing and Urban Development on Friday. More than $643 million in housing assistance grants were announced by HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. Read more...

HHS Gives 12 States $5.7 to Help Senior Citizens Maintain Independence

Grants authorizedn by the Older Americans Act in 2006

Sept. 25, 2007 – Twelve states were awarded $5.7 million yesterday by Health and Human Services to help provide more affordable choices to senior citizens struggling to remain in their homes and communities as they age. Read more...

Aging in Place Assistance to be Featured in 100 Events Across U.S.

Most will run into National Aging in Place Week, Oct. 1-7

Sept. 24, 2007 – Older Americans want to “age in place,” which means to stay where they live now as long as possible. To help them achieve this goal, many leaders in the field of aging-in-place have banded together to host educational events in communities around the nation, which will culminate with National Aging in Place Week, October 1 – 7. Read more...

HUD Gives Over $18 Million to Develop Housing For Very Low-Income Elderly

75 awards made in 31 states to plan and begin development

Sept. 20, 2007 – Very low income elderly Americans may soon have not housing opportunities that develop from over $18-billion given to 75 sponsors by Housing and Urban Development to plan and prepare for new housing projects for the elderly. (See list of awards by state below news report.) Read more...

Trilogy by Shea Homes Ranks Highest with Buyers in Active Adult Communities

Del Webb communities also win recognition from those 55 plus

Sept. 18, 2007 - Trilogy by Shea Homes ranks highest in customer satisfaction among the largest active adult community home builders, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction StudySM released last week. The study, which includes satisfaction rankings of builders in 34 of the largest U.S. home-building markets, measures buyer satisfaction in active adult communities. Read more...

Veterans Get Better Access to Larger Homes with Lifting of Loan Limits

Ginnie May makes VA loans less costly and more available

Aug. 31, 2007 - -The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) is doing its part to help bail out the housing industry by eliminating the restriction on the size of mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that can be used as collateral for Ginnie May securities. Read more...

New Sun City Peachtree Keeps Up with Population Formerly Known as Senior Citizens

Del Webb spokesman shares insights about boomers and seniors

April 13, 2007 - Even as companies struggle to keep up with today’s YouTube generation, another audience segment is evolving quickly and creating an equally dramatic need for a strategic shift, according to a Del Webb news release on the opening in August of their Atlanta area development, Sun City Peachtree. Highly successful in these developments for older Americans, it is worth noting some of the points made in this news release. Read more...

News for Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers Seeking a Different Retirement Lifestyle – At Home

As the largest demographic ages, a new housing product emerges to change the way — and the where — older Americans retire

By Nanette Overly, Epcon Communities

March 8, 2007 - That largest and most influential population, the Baby Boomer Generation, is once again exerting its gravitational pull on the American socio-cultural landscape. Now in a state of housing flux, the 400-pound gorilla of a demographic has its sights set on the housing market, redefining the expectations and priorities of mature homebuyers, and changing the face of residential development. Read more...

Retirement News

First American Beachfront Active Adult Community Going Up on Mexico's Pacific Coast

Luma construction begins in Fall, reservations accepted in April

Click to larger viewMarch 6, 2007 – California's largest non-profit provider of senior living communities is teaming up with a Mexican company to build an exclusive active adult (50+) community on the Mexican Pacific Coast, just north of Puerto Vallarta. To be called Luma, it is billed as the first American-developed, full-ownership, active adult beachfront community in Mexico. Read more...

Senior Citizen Homes & Communities

HUD Awards Nearly $9 Million to Assist Elderly, Disabled in Public Housing

'Residents rely on these grants to assist them in maintaining an independent lifestyle'

January 19, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $8,796,564 in grants yesterday to 32 public housing agencies and non-profit organizations across the country for supportive services that help elderly and disabled public housing residents. Read more...

With Senior Citizen Deaths from Falls Increasing an Expert Suggests Home Modifications

November 20, 2006 – Deadly falls for senior citizens – both men and women – increased by more than 55 percent from 1993 to 2003, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This, and updated figures clearly establish falling as the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65 and older. Fengyi Kuo, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis, says the solution to this problem at home is safety awareness and implementation of relatively simple changes to make the homes of older people more fall-proof. Read more...

Seniors Staying in Their Homes May Consider Senior-Friendly Remodeling

Most older Americans plan to stay in present homes, says survey

October 27, 2006 – A survey of older Americans – 50 and older – found that a majority plan to live in their current homes for the next five years but plan improvements or remodeling, according to Home Depot, which has remodeling tips for making homes more senior-friendly. Read more...

Elder Care News

Many Elderly Caregivers Do Not Know How to Make Homes Fall-Safe

Home Safety Council finds many homes lack critical safety elements

September 20, 2006 - Studies show that one-third of senior citizens aged 65 or older - or nearly 12 million people - experience falls each year and almost 5,000 die from falls in the home. The Home Safety Council went to caregivers to find out why more is not being done to make homes safer for the elderly and found that many just do not know what to do to make them safer. Read more...

Elder Care News

Bathing Problems Common in Older Adults Can Be Prevented

Study finds safety problems among many who bathe without help

B Katie Gazella, U-M Health System

September 14, 2006 - Getting in and out of the bathtub or shower can be a perilous journey for older adults, including those as young as 60, even when they have bathrooms already equipped with safety features, according to research by the University of Michigan Health System. Read more...

Senior Citizen Homes & Communities

Del Webb Ranks Highest in Satisfying Buyers in Active Adult Communities

Half of active adult buyers found in only six U.S. markets

September 14, 2006 - Del Webb ranks highest in customer satisfaction among the largest active adult community home builders, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study released yesterday. These are communities targeted to buyers who are 55 years old and older. Among active adult buyers, the survey found, more than one-half are located in six markets: Phoenix (18%), Chicago (10%), Inland Empire, Calif. (9%), Las Vegas (6%), Philadelphia (6%) and Washington D.C. (6%). Read more...

HUD Housing for Elderly Gets Big Boost from Appropriations Committee

House committee allocates $121 million more than Bush budget request

July 26, 2006 – It seemed like Christmas in July for advocates of public senior housing, when the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed a 2007 budget for elderly housing that was $15.4 million larger than this year and a huge $121 million above the budget request by President Bush. Read more...

Aging-in-Place Specialists Offer Tips for Making Homes Age-Friendly

May 17, 2006 - The aging population will significantly influence the remodeling industry over the next five years, according to a recent survey of remodelers by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Older Americans, who clearly state a preference for staying in their homes as they age, have not made their homes age-friendly. Read more...

Lighting an Important Consideration for Senior Citizens' Homes

Growing field of study to make homes more livable for the elderly

May 5, 2006 – Like so many other things that are changing to meet the needs of an aging society, home design has also become a major focus. Senior citizens have a multitude of needs to make their homes more livable - like good light - and to allow them to stay in their homes longer, rather than move to community housing. This need has fostered several organizations that focus on making private homes and community homes more senior friendly. Read more...

Seven Thousand Senior Citizens to Get Free Home Rehabs

Rebuilding Together will have 265,000 volunteers in 1,838 cities

April 28, 2006 – The homes of about 7,000 low-income senior citizens will get a free rehab tomorrow as part of Rebuilding Together's National Rebuild Day. About 9,000 homes of elderly and disabled low-income homeowners will be refurbished but about two-thirds will house senior citizens, according to Patty Johnson, president of the non-profit organization. Read more...

Low-Income Elderly, Disabled Get $710 Million HUD Housing Help

Jan. 6, 2006 - It will soon be easier for thousands of senior citizens and people with disabilities to find affordable housing, thanks to more than $710 million in housing assistance announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. These grants, he said, will help the nation's very low-income elderly and people with disabilities find decent, safe housing that they can afford. Read more...

HUD Grants $20 Million for Housing Low-Income Elderly

April 28, 2005 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday announced more than $20 million in grants to provide predevelopment funding for 104 sponsors of Section 202 Elderly Housing projects in 38 states. The funds will assist them in bringing their projects from the award of a Section 202 grant to initial closing within the allotted 18 months. (See list be state below). Read more...

Boomers, Seniors Drive Surge in Vacation Home Buying

Second homes, investment buys were 36 percent of all home sales in 2004

March 1, 2005 – The older baby boomers and senior citizens, more closely identified as persons 55 or older and earning and average of $71,000 per year, were the driving force in a surge of vacation home buying in 2004 – up 16.3 percent from 2003 and 13 percent of all homes bought in 2004. This surge, however, was topped by investment home purchases, which were 23 percent of all sales and up 14.4 percent, according to a new study. Read more...

Baby Boomers Reclaim Independence in the Empty Nest but Many Expect Parents to Move In or Kids to Come Back

June 29, 2004 – Baby Boomers have now reached the “empty nest” stage of life and 57 percent feel “freedom to be themselves,” but 24 percent expect their in-laws are parents to move in and 25 percent expect the kids back home, according to research by Del Webb. More... 6/29/04*

Editor's Note: I had just returned from visiting my Alzheimer's stricken Mom, who is in a nursing home near my office, when I opened my email, which is always bulging with news releases. This one caught my attention. As the senior boom nears, we need more focus on communities like this one.

Madeline Hill


Madeline Hill, pioneer in the concept of aging-in-place, Created Mountain Meadows


When Madeline Hill made the commitment to create Mountain Meadows, www.mtmeadows.com , her decision was based on a long and dedicated history in social services. Madeline played a key role in creating the project that became the Oregon Model of Long Term Care, now used by Congress and other state governments. Click to story... 7/01/03*

Help With Heating Cost Available for Low Income Households

The federal government maintains a Website that helps low income households with heating costs. This page has links to local state offices where financial help is available. Click 1/13/03^^

Hyatt Senior Living Affiliate Opens Salt Lake City Office

CHICAGO, Ill., April 19, 2002—Classic Residence by Hyatt, the senior living affiliate of Hyatt Corp., recently opened an office in Salt Lake City, Utah, to focus on new business development in the western region of the United States. Click 4/19/2*

HUD Has Senior Citizen Housing Site

Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first on the Housing and Urban Development web site to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. Click to site 1/9/02

Marriott Senior Living Services’ Short Stay Program Meets Growing Demand For Temporary Care, Housing

  WASHINGTON, D.C.,  07/30/2001 -- Marriott Senior Living Services announced today the introduction of a unique Short Stay Program that offers temporary residential care and housing for seniors at 150 locations nationwide. Rates start as low as $110 per day and include three meals -- prices vary by location and required level of care. Click 7/31/1

Online Long-Term Care Guide Helps Choose Skilled Nursing Facility

May 8, 2001 -- In recognition of Older Americans Month, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) unveils an online guide on choosing appropriate long-term care. Older Americans and those helping take care of them should examine this consumer education feature, ``Choosing the Right Skilled Nursing Facility,'' if they are considering long-term care.

Suit Against ManorCare Says Nursing Home Chain Systemically Neglects Patients

May 8, 2001-- A lawsuit filed today in California Superior Court accuses ManorCare Inc., one of the nation's largest and most profitable nursing home chains, of failing to meet state and federal minimum standards in providing nursing care to thousands of elderly residents housed in nine ManorCare facilities in California. click to story 5/9/01

> Senate Aging Committee Affirms Importance of Consumer Choice, Flexibility in Assisted Living

April 26, 2001 -- Today the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) joined the Senate Special Committee on Aging at a hearing to discuss the ongoing evolution of assisted living and the important role that it plays in the continuum of care for the nation's elderly. click for story *4/27/01

> Assisted Living Industry Applauds HUD for Grants 12/7/00*

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) today praised  the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Secretary Andrew Cuomo for awarding nearly $20 million in the first grants under a new program to convert senior housing to direly needed affordable assisted living. 

> Affordable Housing Bill Passes Senate, On Way to White House 12/7/00

The House passed a similar version, but Senate Republicans objected to provisions giving teachers and public safety officers access to low-interest loans and 1 percent down payments on Federal Housing Administration insured mortgages. Those provisions were removed in the final version.

> Del Webb Focuses on Baby Boomer, Senior Developments 12/6/00*

Building on four decades as the leader in the development of adult communities, Del Webb Corporation  today unveiled new business strategies designed to leverage the company's extensive expertise in Baby Boomers, retirement, and innovative lifestyle communities.

> House Approves Affordable Housing Bill 12/5/00

Don't forget that Congress is in session! Today the House passed a bill that can increase housing for the elderly and disabled. It now goes to the Senate.

> AARP Concerned Seniors Are Victims on Home Loans 11/17/00*

A new AARP survey shows that more than a quarter of Americans over 50 (28 percent) selected lenders for home loans based on ads or solicitations and that more than half (52 percent) failed to comparison shop before taking the loan.

> New Website for Finding Senior Housing - PlanningPlace 11/15/00*

It focuses on seniors and those who care for them by providing a free, online source for researching virtually every senior housing option available in America.

> Eden Project Reinventing Elderly Housing 11/14/00*

Dr. William H. Thomas, founder of The Eden Alternative™, announced the official start of The Green House Project at the well-attended briefing last September. "There is a crisis in long-term care for which there are no easy solutions," Thomas said. "The time has come to reinvent the long-term care environment in America for the 21st century. 

> HUD Financing 6,500 Senior Apartments 10/3/00*

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $597 million to non-profit groups around the U.S. to create more than 6,500 federally subsidized apartments.

> New Website Helps Find Right Care for Elderly 7/17/00*

TotalLivingChoices.com today announced the launch of a free new customized Web-matching service that assists senior citizens and their families in researching, identifying and securing viable options for seniors facing health or lifestyle challenges which requires a change to their current living situation.

 > Senior Housing Market Has Good Future 7/12/00

But builders and industry analysts believe there is still demand for special housing and services from a growing, more affluent elderly population, and that the senior housing industry can still look forward to expansion over the next few years.

> Assisted-Living Facilities Stop Building, Face Problems 5/30/00

How could this happen? The answer is a binge of over investment and overbuilding, with too many companies and people trying to seize a trend.

> Alabama May Stop Building Assisted Living Residences 5/10/00

Actions by lawmakers could drive up costs.

> Senior Housing Shortage Hits Maryland 4/28/00

> Reverse Mortgage Helping Seniors Get Cash 4/25/00

> Aiken, Ga., to Get Two Homes for Elderly 4/25/00

> Record Prices For Retirement Housing 3/14/00

> Who Will Pay For Long-Term Care? 3/02/00

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