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Survey reveals a bright future for retirement communities

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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:00 am

Mather LifeWays, Brecht Associates, Inc. and Ziegler are announcing results of a national survey to adult children with family members living in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) which asked what they are planning for in their own retirement lifestyle and health needs. This is the first-ever national study of family members of CCRC residents.

With medical and health advancements increasing life expectancies and the emphasis on health and wellness promoting active lifestyles, it is projected that 20 to 25% of one’s life will be in active retirement years. The future older adult population will be better educated, healthier, and more discerning consumers. What will the next generation of older adults desire for their own retirement, and how can the senior living industry best prepare to provide those needs?

Hoping to answer that question and more, the survey, which was conducted between March and June of 2011, represents 221 CCRCs, and more than 65,000 residents in 49 states. Results from nearly 3,700 respondents included responses of adult children of residents living in independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care environments.  Eight in ten respondents are baby boomers, married, college graduates, living in single-family homes, and in ‘very good/excellent’ health.

For a copy of the full report visit:

For more information call 1-888-722-6468 or e-mail at

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