Saturday, April 23, 2011

Housing Trends for the 55+ Market

 MetLife Mature Market Institute has published a report based on data from the most recent American Housing Survey conducted by the Census Bureau.  This report, "Housing Trends Update for the 55+ Market" describes "... where 55+ households live, characteristics of their homes and communities, and level of satisfaction with the homes and communities." In addition, the report includes information about households who moved and why they moved. Here are some key findings:
  • The majority of 55+ households are not in age-restricted communities.
  • The primary reasons for moving are for family or personal reasons.
  • Most 55+ households are happy with the house that they live in, but the households in the age-restricted communities had the highest  measured happiness rating.
  •  The choice to move to a home in an active adult community to be closer to work has increased from 2% in 2001 to 12% in 2009.
  • About 54,000 housing starts in 55+ communities are projected in 2011.
You can access the full report here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Senior Social at Hugh Embry Library

Seniors, bring your friends or just come as you are and have fun singing some karaoke!  We've got great songs from the 40's and 50's, including some great ones made famous by singers like Frank Sinatra!  After our karaoke, enjoy your favorite card games and board games.  Light refreshments courtesy of our generous Friends of Hugh Embry Library.

What:    Senior Social & Cards
When:   Friday, April 15, 2011
Time:     1:00 p.m.
Where:  Hugh Embry Library
                14215 Fourth Street
                Dade City, FL 33523

Questions? Call 352-567-3576

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Connecting Generations Video Challenge

The U.S. Administration on Aging is sponsoring a video contest as part of this year's celebration of "Older Americans Month".  This video contest requires a team of two or more participants - with at least one person aged 60 or above and one under the age of 60.  The purpose of this video competition  is to promote " ... intergenerational connections and communicating the role seniors play in connecting communities across America". Full details of this competition can be found here.  

In addition, the Administration on Aging is also sponsoring a Wii bowling competition between teams from senior centers across the country.  The "Community Connection Video Game Tournament" details can be found here


Saturday, April 2, 2011

March/April Elder Update

 The Florida Department of Elder Affairs publishes a bi-monthly publication called the "Elder Update". The March/April issue has articles about aging in place initiatives, Alzheimer's caregiving, varicose vein treatment, grandparent scams, and more. You can read this issue online here. You can access back issues of the Elder Update here. In addition, you can receive a free print subscription to this publication by filling out the online form here.