Advances In Senior Housing Meet Demographic Shift

Advances In Senior Housing Meet Demographic Shift

    As the demand for age-restricted senior housing continues to grow nationwide, it’s certain to influence more than just the new home builders whose bread and butter depends on paying attention to such trends. It’s also likely to influence the character of neighborhoods as a whole, Las Vegas ’s included. 

    The numbers tell a story that’s been written about for years. As Las Vegas ’s baby boom generation joins their cohort’s arrival into retirement age over the coming decades, they will become part of the wealthiest generation of senior home buyers in history. Senior housing developers are very well aware of that fact, but its full impact has only begun to be felt recent. One evidence: the National Association of Homebuilders reports that starts of age-restricted homes nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. 

    Part of the reason may be cultural—but it’s also possible that improvements in health and longevity could be involved. Today’s older generation views senior housing through a different lens than did their forebears, which means that new senior housing communities are taking on a look that’s considerably different from retirement neighborhoods of the past. There are multiple influences that are shaping the new senior housing mold. Among them— 

            • Many senior citizens continue to hold jobs. Earlier forecasts of dire results from predicted shortfalls in retirement savings don’t seem to be working             out that way, since a great number of seniors are showing marked determination to put off full retirement indefinitely—regardless of financial need.             Delaware’s Benchmark Builders reports that more than half of the residents in their age-restricted communities still work at least part-time, a trend             being echoed throughout the nation. Developers are moving senior housing out of the Sun Belt and closer to urban areas to facilitate easy             commuting (some are even incorporating office facilities as part of resident amenities!). 

            • A number of housing projects are being designed to provide a patchwork of age-specific sections. While grandparents may enjoy living on a street             or block devoted to neighbors in their age bracket, in the best of all worlds, they also would choose to be close to children and grandchildren. Some             new housing developments are setting aside sections for young families close to senior housing blocks. 

            • Options for active older home buyers are crucial. In 1960, activity choices in many retirement communities began and ended with shuffleboard.             Increasingly, senior housing projects are aimed at buyers who have no intention of pursuing a sedentary lifestyle. They look for active environments,             with walking trails and easy access to amenities beyond the community. Indoor walking tracks, lap pools, hiking and biking trails and exercise             equipment are becoming must-have features. 

    Today’s typical senior as part of a financially powerful demographic is changing the look of retirement neighborhoods. But independent thinking has long been a notable characteristic of the boomer generation—so it also follows that not every Las Vegas senior will make that lifestyle choice. Senior or not, I’m always standing by to further your next residential move!Image title


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