Senior Communities Scramble to Meet Baby Boomers Needs

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM EDT

There's a new trend at area senior communities. Residents are showing up to dinner wearing flip-flops and sweats, instead of a jacket and tie. That's because more baby boomers are heading to life care communities. A report in this week's Business First looks at the trend, which has officials at senior living communities assessing their services. They want to make sure they have health care, amenities and the lifestyle that all customers want. The report says older residents are traditional and want meat and potatoes in the dining room, with amenities like a computer room. Younger residents expect flexibility. They are asking for paninis and salad bars, along with yoga classes and Wi-Fi. It's not just resident demands that are pushing the changes: The state Department of Health has changed its regulations to require a person-centered care approach for skilled-nursing facilities. You can read more in this week's Business First.

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