The increasing senior populations have created a new trend for assisted living. The residential communities now offer a variety of lifestyle options. One of the new developments is geography. Seniors today prefer to be part of the urban community, close to local amenities and families. Over the next 30 years, the last of the baby boomers reaching the age of 65 will influence the way of life for assisted living.
In 2010, the senior population was more than five million. Projections for 2030 expect over eight million senior residents, representing one fifth of the U.S. population. By 2050, this age group will grow beyond 19 million. The growth is a result of the baby boomers living longer as one of the largest demographic groups. They will continue to influence the market demands for different levels of assisted living.
What has not changed for this senior generation is the desire to remain active and maintain a quality of life. Baby boomers thrive on community interactions. Seniors have the ability to come and go as they chose in today’s assisted living communities. These modern designed communities support a contemporary lifestyle equipped with state of the art conveniences and electronic device technology.
Reasons and Tips for Senior Transitions
Today, downsizing is part of the transition. For many seniors they have made the decision to simplify life – by letting go of the home or living alone. Assisted living works well for seniors experiencing health condition changes or existing physical limitations. They are not at a point of needing skilled medical care or daily nursing. The move can be stressful for seniors and adult children as they both bid farewell to the family home. The best method of getting through the transition is to include everyone in the final decision. Make it an adventure and be sure to bring some keepsakes to make your new home as comfortable as the last one.
Changing Health Conditions and Medical Services
Keep in mind this is not the final step. Assisted living is an option for seniors looking for less living space compared to a family sized home. Assisted living communities do not provide complex medical services. As senior health conditions change, it becomes necessary to change residences. When it happens nursing homes offer residents constant medical supervision. Depending on the community, residents become patients relocating to another section or facility.
These senior communities offer the ideal senior lifestyle in a comfortable social setting. Assisted living residents get to keep their independence; since many are more than capable of self-sufficiency within limitations. The regulations and standards of living at senior communities vary from state to state.