Left, right, and centre: retirement homes that focus on a particular hobby, interest, or activity, are popping up in the United States, CNBC reports. They are tailored to specific wants and needs for older adults, so that they can continue to immerse themselves into an every day activity.
These “Niche retirement communities” not only encourage retirees to stay active, but they give them the ability to do so in a location that caters to their ‘expertise’ or growing interest. They are able to fulfill their days with what makes them happy, within an environment that will support it.
In Franklin, Tennessee, the Country Music Association is planning a community with recording studios and performance venues, writes Harriet Barovick, in ‘10. Niche Aging,’ an article for Time Magazine. And in Santa Rosa, California there’s Fountaingrove Lodge – America’s first long term care facility for gay and lesbian retirees.
Andrew Carle, director of George Mason University’s senior housing administration program told CNBC that although these communities are in their “infancy stage, they offer lots of upsides.”
For example: so-called university–based communities are located near a post-secondary campus, where residents can sign-up (for a nominal fee) and attend classes for pleasure. “The Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Gainesville has an in-house Institute for Learning in Retirement, developed with the University of Florida,” CNBC reports.
As the growing interest in these housing communities increase, so do the number of hobbyists. The question remains – how will they manage to cater to everyone’s needs and interests?
Tell us what you think! What type of niche long-term care facility do you dream of?
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Have you found your niche?
If you have yet to figure out what your interest/hobby is – have no fear! In honour of Seniors’ Month, SERCCA is hosting “A Taste of the Arts” on Friday, June 22nd, where we encourage you to come out and participate in our creative workshops. For more information and how to register, please click the image below. We look forward to seeing you!