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In the world of residential design, Senior Living is a hot-button issue. How do we provide quality, affordable housing for rising Seniors? How do we help avert a crisis in staffing for Senior Living communities? How do we, as architects, design spaces that can contribute to a high standard of living for Seniors?

Discover five key findings that KEPHART’s Director of Senior Living, Len Segel, took away from LeadingAge’s recent Senior Living National Convention:

  1. Combatting Ageism. American society has long segregated the elderly. As people begin to live longer, we need to break down the stigmas surrounding older people, avoid poking fun at others in ways related to age, and help elders embrace the positives that come with age.
  2. The Avalanche of the Baby Boomers. Every day until 2035, more than 10,000 Boomers will turn 65. To accommodate this generation, who is often financially caught between supporting their children and their aging parents, Senior Living communities will have to find ways to lower costs and other barriers to entry.
  3. There are not enough workers in Senior Living communities. With fewer people entering the nursing and gerontology fields, staffing Senior Living communities is becoming exceedingly difficult – a problem that is compounded by the increasing number of senior citizens.
  4. The Skilled Nursing market is in a tailspin. Increased government regulations and labor shortages are driving up the costs of Skilled Nursing and have resulted in Assisted Living assuming much of this role.
  5. Technology advancements will continue to improve services for Seniors. In an increasingly networked world, Seniors now have easier access than ever to medical care, entertainment, and education to help keep them healthy, active, and connected.

At KEPHART, we are continually innovating and considering how we can design differently to provide high-quality and attainable housing for everyone, including seniors. To learn more about what we have in the works, give us a call or visit us here. We would love to hear from you!


This is the philosophy that drives KEPHART to create thoughtful homes and communities that positively change people’s lives.

KEPHART is a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 50 years of housing expertise. Our passion for designing well-designed places to live, work, and play has driven us to create more than 500,000 homes across the country, ranging from single and multifamily homes to workforce housing, senior living, LIHTC communities, and everything in between. We have a deep bench of talented staff to design and deliver innovative and practical solutions to meet the unique requirements of every project.