With 78 million baby boomers now entering their golden years in the near future, senior housing is springing up across the country. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, this trend is becoming more pronounced than ever - there are five assisted living facilities planned for Dakota County alone, according to The Star Tribune.
"A boomlet is underway for senior housing," Mark Ulfers, Community Development Agency (CDA) executive director told the news provider.
"It is clear that baby boomers are moving into their retirement years and seniors are living considerably longer. That combination has created a significant increase in demand for all types of senior housing."
Some areas, such as Lakeville County, are even taking it a step farther and fully integrating senior living into the community. Hosanna, a Lutheran church, is making room for a 93-unit retirement home that costs approximately $21 million.
Church executive directory Mary Carroll explained to the news source that she hopes to make the project intergenerational. The church will send gradeschool students to visit the seniors, while she hopes that the residents will participate in volunteer activities.
Recently, The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) announced that at least 4.4 million Americans will require long-term care options in the coming years.