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down the senior demographic by wealth
and how much of the population that segment represents. For example, there are
3.6 million wealthy seniors, representing
9 percent of the population, while Medicaid-eligible seniors represent 18 percent.
Tenenbaum calls middle- and uppermiddle income seniors the "innovation and
opportunity zone," which accounts for
58 percent of the senior demographic, a
fact that causes him to question
why the senior living industry
has such a keen focus
on high-end proj-

ects when most people can't afford those
options.
One opportunity for both the design and
equipment sectors, however, is to influence
seniors who are aging in place to upgrade
their homes in an age-friendly way and
make housing safe and accessible. He said
architects and interior designers, specifically, could use their skills to improve homes
where seniors currently live, work on new
residential developments to make sure they
incorporate senior-friendly design features,
and help guide regulatory changes and
public policy. "If we work together, we can
turn an underserved population into a viable
market," Tenenbaum said.-Anne DiNardo

ED UCATIONAL SESSION

Optimizing the vertical
senior living community
During the session "Planning a Vertical Life
Plan Community," speakers Frank Muraca,
president, ARCH Consultants Ltd., and

Shekhar Bhushan, founding and managing
principal, SB Architecture PC Inc., shared
two case studies of high-rise buildings for
senior living. The speakers discussed how
building up can still achieve project goals
compared to low-rise options by implementing a few best practices.
For example, Bhushan shared how
vertical structures on tight urban sites can
optimize their surroundings and footprint
to attract seniors in search of a community
where they can age in place and find all
the services they need under one roof. For
owners, stacking services, such as assisted
and independent living and memory care, in
a well-organized and financially competitive
way may deliver a cost-effective model.
Other advantages of a mid- or highrise senior living community include lower
energy consumption and cost; walking
access to neighboring amenities such as
art museums, theaters, mass transportation, and coffee shops; shorter walking
distances in the building between resident

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