Chicago retirement home turns 100

Thanks to medicine and technology, across the world, people are living longer than ever before, and a record number of people – nearly 500,000 globally, according to estimates – have managed to live to 100 years old.

It’s not just people who are living to 100 years old. The Illinois News Tribune newspaper reports that Greenfield Retirement home, a not-for-profit assisted living community in Princeton, Illinois, will be turning 100 on December 1.

“Greenfield’s mission is to provide a caring environment that maximizes the life enjoyment, integrity and independence of each resident,” Phillip Kauffman, an administrator at the community, told the news source.

The senior housing community was built in 1911, and had only four residents at the time, and in 1917, a private donation allowed the building to be expanded. A series of expansions later happened throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and the community continued to grow until the most recent addition was built four years ago.

As North Americans continue to age, more assisted living communities and retirement homes will continue to be built, providing an important need for people as they enter their retirement living years. For a comprehensive listing of senior housing options, visit