Study Finds Americans Prefer Walkable Communities

A recent National Association of Realtors study finds that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. More than half of survey respondents said they prefer smart growth neighborhoods as opposed to sprawling neighborhoods, or those that require driving for work and recreation. The study, titled The Community Preference Survey, defined “walkable” communities as those where shops, restaurants […]

NCOA Launches Video Campaign for Struggling Seniors

A new National Council on Aging (NCOA) program, One Away, helps to show the real-life situations of many American seniors. Many of those seniors, according to a recent NCOA study, are experiencing economic hardship that leads them to choose between paying for food, housing, utilities, or out-of-pocket for medication costs. More than 13 million live on […]

Low-Income Senior Housing Development Receives AHP Grant

A $100,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant will assist in the construction of a Mena, Arkansas-based assisted living facility for low-income seniors. The grant, made possible by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Bank of the Ozarks, will help in the completion of The Oaks senior living facility, which will contain […]

Senior Housing Software Aims to Streamline Management

Senior living provider Bloomfield Senior Living has announced it will use software platform Yardi Voyager Senior Housing to manage its portfolio of communities, which spans three states. The family-owned company, which operates several senior housing communities in Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina, says the software will allow it to manage multiple business functions from a […]

Institue on Aging Opens New San Francisco Campus

Institute on Aging (IOA) announced this week the opening of a new campus that will incorporate services and housing for independent senior living. The new campus, based in San Francisco, is a 50,000 square foot facility that began in the year 2000 and will open the weekend of April 2. “With our new campus, IOA […]

Senior Living Community Leverages Education for Rising Industry Leaders

The influx of baby boomers reaching retirement age has one senior living developer tackling the question of how it will creatively address the growing demand. Germantown, Maryland-based Asbury Communities, which provides management and support services for a system of continuing care retirement communities, says it is time to get prepared. “With an increase in home […]

Smaller is Better for New Homes, says New Report

Home preferences are changing, says a recent National Association of Home Builders study. Consumer hesitation may be slowing, but the housing downturn is leaving a lasting mark on what buyers want and need. The NAHB survey indicates that smaller will be better in the years ahead, with homes averaging an anticipated 2,152 square feet in […]

Retirement Confidence Hits Record Low

More than a quarter of Americans say they are “not at all confident” about retirement and only 13% say they are “very confident,” according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey. The small proportion who are confident in their retirement is tied with the rate in 2009—the lowest on record in the […]

Study Shows Long-Term Care is a “Major Concern” for Retirement Planning

A study focused on retirement planning risks found that many of today’s seniors are spending more time in retirement than in the years planning for it. The study, titled “The 2009 Risks and Process of Retirement Survey,” was conducted by the Schaumberg, Ill.-based Society of Actuaries, and asked respondents about a number of risks relating to retirement. […]

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Funds Senior Development, Creates Jobs

A Minneapolis-St. Paul senior cooperative housing development will receive $4.7 million in funding from the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT). The project, to be constructed at Applewood Pointe of Roseville at Langton Lake, will create about 70 union construction jobs and will produce 48 housing units in a four-story building offering residents an array of […]