By 2030, all Baby Boomers — more than 61 million people — will be over the age of 65. And with healthcare technology getting better by the day, they’re likely to live longer, healthier lives than any generation before them.
That heralds change for senior living, according to industry expert Janice Maloney: “As a new generation of older adults takes center stage, we’re seeing a big shift in what people expect from luxury communities — and in what those communities are offering.”
Whether they’re heading to the fitness center to get a workout, mastering a craft or a creative art, or taking a leading role in local nonprofit boards, social clubs and community organizations, today’s older adults lead active lives. In turn, they expect their surroundings to support and reflect that lifestyle.
The result? More focus on value — and more diversity in how that value is defined. Consider just three of the latest trends:
- “The modern consumer is extremely discerning — they expect both quality and innovation.” says Janice. “From high-end finishes to smart home technology, every aspect of a residence needs to be just right.” Staying on the leading edge of design is a top priority at The Mayflower — and nowhere is that more evident than our upcoming Bristol Landing expansion, which features spacious, modern interiors, a stunning Club House, and even an onsite Health Center.
- From live entertainment to gourmet dining, today’s older adults are looking to enjoy life’s finer pleasures in a big way. But at The Mayflower, that’s nothing new: We’ve always been home to a diverse array of resident-driven programs and activities. Whether you’re interested in debating current events, penning a memoir, sitting in on a seminar or playing a round of competitive bridge, our community has a fit for you. Plus: Located just minutes from downtown Winter Park, you’ll have easy access to outstanding museums, theaters, and restaurants.
- “Especially during COVID-19, we’ve rediscovered how critical social connection is for our health — not only emotionally, but physically,” says Maloney. “So it’s no surprise that one of the big value-creators in senior living is the people who live and work there.” The “intangibles” of a community are harder to assign a value to, but they can be critical for choosing the right fit. Do you know your neighbors — and your staff — by name? Are you sparking new friendships and meeting new people? Does it feel like a family? Ideally, the answer should be yes — to all of the above.
The bottom line: “What people mean by ‘senior living’ is changing by the day,” says Janice. “That’s why it’s so important to dig deep, do your research, and understand where the real value lies.”
On Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m., Janice will share her tips on the latest trends in senior living, drawn from almost three decades of experience in the field. Join us for conversation and refreshments at Tips, Trends & Afternoon Tea: an upcoming presentation at the beautiful Interlachen Country Club.