ALEXANDRIA, Va. – November 16, 2011 – There is much talk about the distance between The Greatest Generation and The Millennial Generation, but last week the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) made an effort to narrow that gap. Twenty-two year old Jackie Kerin, an ALFA public policy associate spent five days living the life of a typical resident of a senior living community in a new initiative called Fifty Years in Five Days.
Ms. Kerin became a resident of Emeritus Senior Living at Deep Run in Richmond, VA., eating the food, sleeping in a resident apartment, and engaging in day-to-day activities—just like any other resident in the community. During the week, Ms. Kerin interviewed residents and staff, recorded her experiences and shared them online at alfa.org/50in5. Though each senior living community offers different services and amenities, Ms. Kerin’s experience was fairly typical.
At the end of the week, Ms. Kerin reflected on her experience and developed a list of her top ten impressions:
Many seniors currently living at home can benefit from moving to a senior living community. By sharing her experiences in our Fifty Years in Five Days program, we hope Ms. Kerin’s experience will help to overcome misperceptions and reduce the fears many seniors and their families may have about moving from home. Ms. Kerin’s stay was a life-changing experience that provided her with valuable insights about what it is like to be a senior in a senior living community. And it will benefit her work as an ALFA employee and her career as a senior living professional.
Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national
association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed,
resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families
they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility,
independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s
programs promote business and operational excellence through education,
research, publications, professional networking and online tools
designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior
living. Visit ALFA’s Web site at alfa.org.
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