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What is ‘senior housing?’

Greater MetroWest CARES (Committee Addressing Resources to Engage Seniors) is coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and brings together leaders from Great MetroWest agencies to promote independence and support vitality among older adults. Throughout the year, Greater MetroWest agencies have the opportunity to address critical eldercare issues in this column. This month’s article on the different types of “senior communities” is presented by the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey.

We often hear the terms “retirement communities,” “senior communities,” and “senior housing” but what do these terms really mean? What services do different types of housing provide? Today’s choices can be vastly different from the sterile “homes” of yesterday. Instead, active and amenity-rich senior communities in home-like settings strive to nurture all aspects of residents’ lives: social, spiritual, emotional, occupational, recreational, cultural, and physical. Read More