Retirement living communities becoming more diverse

America's retirement living facilities are becoming increasingly multicultural, both in their residents and offerings, as demand for diversity mounts among seniors.

A recent Washington Post article claims that retirement living centers that cater to only a single ethnic or cultural group will likely begin diversifying, if they haven't already.

"Everyone is going to have to learn more about various ethnic and cultural sensitivities, because the marketplace of aging is getting more diverse," said Larry Minnix, CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

Retirement living communities becoming more diverse "I think over the next five to 10 years, you're going to see a lot of attention paid to this."

Foreign elderly people evidently appreciate the quality of life that seniors enjoy here in the U.S. Dvoira Rososhanskaya, a Ukrainian woman interviewed by the Post, said that in her hometown of Zhitomir the elderly are rarely placed in nursing homes but that hers in Washington is very comfortable.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2030, one out of every five Americans will be 65 or older and thus considered elderly. In 1900, there were 3 million elderly people living in the U.S. This number was 11 times higher in 1994, when the government reported there were 33 million elderly people living in the country.

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