Editor’s Picks: Top 2017 Senior Living Predictions

As the nation prepared to inaugurate a new president, Senior Housing News brought readers the latest on Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD)’s rumored takeover negotiations, an in-depth interview with Brookdale alum John Rijos and a slew of predictions from top industry leaders for the year ahead.

Here in the newsroom, we were intrigued by a pop-up installation at London’s Design Museum that is all about aging.

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Senior Living Pioneer Breaks New Ground with ‘Brookdale 2.0’—John Rijos is a senior housing leader with strong hospitality roots who has recently reemerged in the industry with the new company that some are calling “the next” Brookdale. Rijos spent more than a decade as president of Brookdale and worked to grow the company’s portfolio from about 20 communities in 2000 to 650 communities. Today, he’s at the helm of a new fund and operating company: Chicago Pacific Founders and CPF Living Communities.

Senior Housing Crystal Ball: Top Execs’ 2017 Predictions—In C-Suites across the country, senior housing executives are trying to get a read on the year ahead. Major questions remain about President Donald Trump’s approach to health care, but several senior living leaders believe that continued collaboration across the health care spectrum will be an ongoing trend. Other top of mind issues include ongoing labor challenges, and technology, which is affecting everything from marketing to transportation.

Activist Shareholder Pushes Brookdale to Deliver on Rumored Deal—An activist shareholder in Brookdale Senior Living is trying to ratchet up pressure on the company’s leaders, urging them in an open letter to successfully negotiate a partial or complete sale of the company—or face the music from shareholders. Land and Buildings is “encouraged” by reports of the Blackstone negotiations, the firm’s founder and CIO Jonathan Litt wrote in a letter last week. 

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Why You Should Be Designing for Your 73-Year-Old Self—Top design studios in the United Kingdom recently contributed to New Old, a pop-up installation at London’s Design Museum. Because the studios’ projects address the issues of seniors’ mobility, identity, working, living and community, the young designers had to imagine themselves as septuagenarians, Fast Company reported.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson

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