Comstock's magazine 0119 - January 2019 - Page 50

n SENIOR LIVING W hen Jeannine Newcum realized it was no longer safe for her to drive, she knew it was time to move out of the single-family home she owned in Sun City Lincoln Hills, a Del Webb active-adult retirement community where she had lived for eight years. “Age kind of gives you a little nudge every once in awhile,” she says. In August 2017, Newcum moved into Prairie City Landing in Folsom, a senior living facility opened by developer Tenfold Senior Living earlier that year. Newcum, now 89 years old and a widow, says she was used to “being independent and doing my own thing,” but she didn’t feel nervous about the transition. She says she had found a welcoming place that, unlike many other retirement facilities, is alive with energy. Phyllis Edmison moved into Prairie City shortly after the facility opened, having decided to relocate from a senior apart- ment complex in Roseville. She had lived in El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park for 20 years, and wanted to return to the area. Plus, she was attracted to Prairie City’s openness and modern interior design. “I like that you walk through the front doors, and it doesn’t look like you’re walking into an old-folks home,” says Edmison, who is 93 years old. Newcum, Edmison and many of their neighbors at Prairie City Landing are part of the “silent generation,” those born be- tween 1925 and 1942 — currently the majority of residents at senior housing facilities. But nipping at their heels are the baby boomers, now between 55 and 72 years old — at 74 million strong, they represent the largest living adult group in the U.S. From left: Barbara Kasabian and Karen Downs are part of a group of women at Prairie City Landing in Folsom that meets weekly to make flower arrangements for the facility. 50 | January 2019 While many boomers are still about a decade off from relocat- ing to senior housing facilities — and the youngest of the bunch are some 30 years off — developers and municipalities are pro- actively prepping for that mass relocation now. As people live longer, there’s also an increased demand for specialized care and facilities that allow residents to age in place. Throughout the Capital Region, cities have approved at least 10 new senior housing complexes in response to developers ea- ger to capitalize on the “silver tsunami,” which includes proj- ects in Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, Davis, Rocklin, Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Folsom and elsewhere. The overriding trend among these newer complexes is to create an environ- ment that facilitates social interaction, an active lifestyle and a sense of independence — elements that help improve over- all quality of life in an individual’s golden years and beyond. Developers are also challenged with catering to generational differences as more and more boomers need senior housing, which will span everything from dining options to apartment layouts to programming. Or, as Brigid Flanigan, president of Tenfold, says of their facilities: “We don’t play bingo.” Although Tenfold Senior Living had been developing com- munities throughout Northern California since 2000, it wasn’t until 2009 that they considered modernizing their model of senior living. They came up with four guiding principles using the acronym YUSM, which stands for youthful, useful, sponta- neous and mobile. Youthful in that residents wake up feeling energized and optimistic for the day ahead, useful in how res-