"Whether retirees are looking to stay close to family, move to a warmer climate, adopt a low-maintenance lifestyle, or join the camaraderie that comes with active adult communities
, the small towns recognized here offer practical options and attractive amenities at a reasonable price point."
Many of the older communities for senior residents were based upon a medical model and the newer properties are now referred to as Active Adult communities
. As a result, a service model or the resort lifestyle, including concierge services, dining alternatives, and smaller luxuries like Jacuzzi tubs, verandas or screened porches, pools and exercise rooms are needed to be competitive.
Markets Served: Active Adult Communities
, Alzheimer's/Dementia, Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), Hospice, Independent Living, Skilled Nursing/Nursing Homes
Active adult communities
were perceived to provide the highest quality of life, followed by ALFs and SNFs, respectively.
The Norristown, Pa.-based architecture and planning firm had a great reputation for designing quality active adult communities
. The firm ended up retooling the community by redesigning most of the product offerings.
Active adult communities
may not register on most remodelers' radar screens, but they should.
Del Webb Corp., based in Phoenix,Ariz., is the largest developer of active adult communities
in the world and the seventh largest single-family homebuilder in the country.
Aman Living, a Frankfort, Illinois based developer that combines real estate and medical expertise to create active adult communities
, held a celebration at its newest development, Verandah Retirement Community in Hanover Park.
"I believe it is our team's unique expertise and comprehensive approach to serving mature homeowners that will help to bridge the gap between the real estate and senior living industries -- ultimately improving the customer's experience when choosing to relocate into local retirement and active adult communities
The data showed that more than half of the respondents anticipate a broader base of product offerings for active adult communities
as the market returns.
Other event highlights include an exhibit hall featuring hot products and services for the mature market and a tour of the Washington area's top active adult communities
. Contact: www.nahb.org/ conference or 800-368-5242, ext.
Active Adult Communities
: For-sale single-family homes, townhomes, cluster homes, mobile homes and condominiums with no specialized services, restricted to adults at least 55 years of age.
Standard terms include Independent Living, formerly known as Congregate Care; Active Adult Communities
; Senior Apartments; Assisted Living Residences; Nursing Homes and CCRCs [Continuing Care Retirement Centers].
Moore: Chances are for the age group that the active adult communities
serve--typically, 55 to 70--it's a location move; they're not generally moving for reasons of healthcare, There's also a good chance, however, that these people will have at least one aging parent--and this is why you will find assisted living and nursing facilities springing up around the outskirts of these communities.