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For seniors and retirees, successful aging is measured largely by general health, strong friendships, the ability to participate in activities (recreational, leisure, and civic), and good family relations.

Decent and affordable housing, however, can also have a profound impact on general well-being. Having the right housing includes the ability to stay active and engaged in community life, which is a great benefit not only to the individual, but to the community as a whole.


Independent Living

Among the many senior housing options available, Independent Living provides the greatest versatility and freedom. Independent Living for seniors refers to residence in a compact, easy-to-maintain, private apartment or other type of home within a community of seniors. Any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors (generally those age 55+; in some cases the age requirement is 62+) may be classified as an Independent Living community.

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  • Retirement Communities

Assisted Living

An Assisted Living facility provides care for seniors who need some help with activities of daily living yet wish to remain as independent as possible. A middle ground between independent living and nursing homes, Assisted Living facilities aim to foster as much freedom and independence as the resident is capable of. Most facilities offer 24-hour supervision and an array of support services, with more privacy, space, and dignity than many nursing home -- and at a lower cost.

Life Care

Also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), provide a lifetime residence in either a private residential setting or, if and when needed, a nursing care center. The private residence may be an apartment, cottage, townhouse or casita, or a single family home. The nursing care center can include any one or all of the following: assisted care, skilled nursing care and Alzheimer's/dementia care. Additionally, life-care communities usually offer a diverse package of services, amenities and activities.

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled Nursing Facilities, or Nursing Homes, may be independent (stand-alone) or part of a senior continuing care community. Twenty-four-hour medical care is available, as is custodial care. Residents may be in residence temporarily for a period of rehabilitation, or may be there for long-term care. State regulations define the services that Skilled Nursing Facilities can provide.

Memory Care

Memory care residences are secure assisted living communities that provide specialized care, services and activities for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.