PART II

Senior Living in the 21st Century

How U.S. Baby Boomers Will Change the World (for Better or Worse)

The world’s workforce demographics, housing markets, and social dynamics are about to be struck by a tidal wave of change. In this report, we delve into the underlying systems that stand broken, the shifts that are accelerating their reinvention, and the challenges and opportunities they present to the built environment industry — for seniors’ housing and care communities, and beyond.

This report is of interest to:

  • Investors in private equity, real estate, and healthcare
  • Developers of lifestyle/healthcare technology
  • Designers and developers of seniors’ housing and care facilities
  • Retirees and those nearing retirement

Key Terms: RISK, INVESTING, RETIREMENT, AGING, SENIOR HOUSING, COMMUNITY, PLANNING, DESIGN, HEALTHCARE, RECESSION, FINANCIAL SECURITY

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Dave Gilmore, President & CEO | Rob Hart, Senior Researcher
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PART THREE: MOVING FORWARD

A DesignIntelligence Perspective

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The Inflection Point: You Are Here

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The predicament we face together is undeniably complex.

A simple technological solution (like a cheap robotic elder-care assistant) or policy solution (e.g. an expansion of Social Security) won’t address the underlying systemic fragility. Warnings of this magnitude are likely to prompt resistance, denial, anger, and anxiety. Thus, it’s time for a moment of reflection.

Over the long arc of human history, there has never been a time of prosperity quite like the one we are experiencing today. Life expectancy is longer, poverty and crime are lower, and science and technology are advancing faster than ever. We are living in a time of unparalleled human flourishing.

On the other hand, we’ve now seen that with unprecedented flourishing comes unprecedented challenge. With 7.6 billion people speaking 6500 languages, ruled by 195 national governments trading in 180 currencies, we face immeasurable complexity. To solve systemic global problems that intersect economics, public health, social policy, and sustainability, we require new tools, mindsets, and modes of operation. In short, we need a new cultural narrative — a story of where we’re going together.

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