Editor’s Picks: The Urban Development Puzzle

This week, we were eager to bring our readers a recap of Senior Housing News’ Summit event in Chicago. Our panels of experts discussed the changing face of technology in senior living and the need for middle-market products and services—an area largely ignored by the industry.

Here in the newsroom, we were keeping it cool during a scorching week in Chicago by bringing readers new interviews with industry executives in The Leadership Series. Check out our interview with T. Andrew Smith of Brookdale Senior Living. 

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How Belmont Village is Solving the Urban Development Puzzle—Come Fall 2018, locals in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood may start doing double takes when passing Belmont Village Senior Living’s new community, which will resemble a historic building. Various senior living companies have realized the benefits of building communities that fit into their surroundings from an architectural point of view. In Lincoln Park, Houston-based Belmont Village Senior Living is taking this idea one step further, more or less completely copying the building that once stood on the very same lot.

T. Andrew Smith, President & CEO of Brookdale Senior Living—In the latest installment of The Leadership Series, meet T. Andrew “Andy” Smith, president and CEO of Brookdale Senior Living, the nation’s largest senior living operator. Though he came into senior living from outside the industry, he has for the last 10 years held roles in Brookdale, being named CEO in 2013 and president earlier this year.

How Senior Living Can Keep Price Tags Low and Service High—The need in senior living for a middle-income price point is growing, as the reality of the demographics coming down the pike is alarming and impossible to ignore. “We need to make sure we’re thinking far enough ahead to build the communities affordable for them,” Plante Moran Vice President Jamie Timoteo said during a discussion on the middle-income senior housing market at the 2016 Senior Housing News Chicago Summit on July 14.


Why Senior Living Should ‘Play Hard to Get’ with Tech—Senior living and technology. The relationship between the two spaces is somewhat new, seemingly always evolving—and not just care-centric anymore. A panel of experts dove deeply into the topic of technology adoption in senior living at SHN’s Chicago Summit.  

Around the Web

Smarter Ways to Teach Family Members Medical Skills—More families are taking on complicated medical tasks for loved ones at home, writes The Wall Street Journal. 

93-Year-Old Nurse Retires After 72 Years on the Job—A 93-year-old South Dakota woman has finally hung up her nurse’s cap after more than seven decades in the medical field. Last month, Alice Graber celebrated her retirement from the Salem Mennonite Home in Freeman, South Dakota, where she worked for over 20 years. Graber had worked as a registered nurse for 72 years since landing her first job in 1944. 

Written by Amy Baxter

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