Senior Communities Emerge on University Campuses

Not content with the retirement lifestyle of their parents’ generation, aging baby boomers are finding a viable alternative lifestyle on a variety of college campuses. Seniors are taking college courses, attending campus cultural and sports events, making use of college fitness facilities and university health services and enjoying inter-generational social interaction by going back to school in their retirement years.

Campus Continuum works with developers and universities in constructing mutually-advantageous university-branded communities, on or near college campuses. The mission is to help provide residences that foster life-long learning.

While most of these campus communities are categorized as Independent Living for active seniors, some, like Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, offer Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing as well.

Two miles from Duke University in North Carolina lies The Forest at Duke, a continuing care retirement community. Their website describes the synergy between Duke and The Forest: “Cutting edge health care and the strong and diverse cultural arts and educational opportunities so close to us have profoundly shaped The Forest's culture.”

University Commons of Ann Arbor , a 92-unit condominium community near the University of Michigan campus, was founded by faculty members and built on land made available by the University.

Research shows that “healthy aging” has many components, but certainly keeping mentally active and enriched provides positive health benefits. This relatively new senior residence model is perfect for the baby-boomer generation who, as they age, still retain their intellectual curiosity, wish to pursue new interests or revisit forgotten avocations.

If you have questions regarding assisted living options, feel free to drop a line to Caregiverlist’s Assisted Living Expert, Lisa Sneddon.

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