SILVER BULLET HITS THE ROAD
WITH AN LTC MESSAGE
MORE SENIORS OPT FOR ASSISTED lIvING
More seniors, particularly white and affluent seniors, are opting to
move to assisted living communities, says a demographer at the
Brookings Institution. The trend mirrors a decline in the number of
seniors living in nursing homes.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 7. 4
percent of Americans age 75 and older lived in nursing homes in
2006, compared with 8 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1990.
According to a USA Today report, the downward turn in the nursing
home population is also attributed to the improved health of seniors
and more care choices.
The latest National Housing Survery of adults age 55+ finds that
awareness of assisted living has increased significantly in the last
decade, according to recent national survey results. Since 1998, the percentage of adults 55 years old and
older who say they are aware of assisted living has jumped 16 percent—from 59 percent to 75 percent in
2007—according to the latest National Housing Survey of Adults Age 55+. The survey also found that an
increasing number of people 60 years old and older are now residing in age-qualified housing.
In 2007, 12 percent of respondents living in age 60-plus households were in residences “planned
specifically for people at least 55 years of age” compared to 7 percent of respondents in 1998. Further,
seniors age 75 and over are moving out of their primary homes at a higher rate, the survey found. The
average “tenure of current residence” among this age group was 24 years, down from 27 years in 1998, and
19 percent of the 75-plus households reported living in an age-qualified community in 2007.
Of households where residents are 60 years old and over, 37 percent prefer or are willing to consider age-qualified housing, up from 18 percent in 1998; 9 percent of these residents said they plan on moving to an
age-qualified property in the future, which is more than double ( 4 percent) indicated in 1998.
The study was conducted by ProMatura Group for the National;Investment;Center;for;the;seniors
Gina Mamone has joined
AlFA as director of finance
and administration. She
is responsible for managing AlFA’s daily financial
operations as well as its
long-term financial needs.
Mamone has a background in association
financial management and
most recently was director
of finance and administration at Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical
Access, a trade association
in Washington, DC.
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