Growing need seen for assisted living facilities

As many Americans across the country age, there is a growing need for new assisted living facilities that can keep up with demand, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. In fact, the news source cites one study that has shown that, from 1990 to 2002, the number of beds in these retirement communities has doubled to more than 1 million.

Many older adults enjoy their time at these new homes, where they can retain their old lifestyles while staying safe and healthy.

Emeritus assisted living faciliy, located in Port Orange, Florida, has a dedicated recreation counselor who constantly thinks of new activities for residents.

"Elementary school children come to read to our residents, who in turn tell the children about what life was like in their youth," Marisa Bovasso told the news provider.

 Growing need seen for assisted living facilities "Girl Scouts come seasonally and help make decorations for patriotic celebrations. Churches bring Bible studies and lead worship services. Other organizations from the community bring in arts and craft activities."

The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information estimates that up to 70 percent of baby boomers will require long-term care services such as an independent or assisted living facility, according to

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