The surge of silent generation retirees and the impending burst of baby boomers marching toward retirement age are creating a burgeoning market for senior living. What is less widely appreciated is how much creativity is being applied to addressing this critically important part of the built environment.

10 trends in senior living:

1. Optimizing resident privacy and dignity
2. Creating homelike settings
3. Introducing hospitality design concepts
4. Expanding individual choice
5. Using technology to enhance senior living
6. Filling in the continuum
7. Taking the ‘R’ out of CCRC
8. Expanding urban options
9. Seeking more sustainable environments
10. Capitalizing on globalization

All the old design models are being challenged, serious environmental design research is being done, and a wide range of new models is being planned and built based on this research.