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Date:1/9/2008

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SEATTLE, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are over, but after a visit with an aging parent some adult children may be asking themselves whether it's time to explore senior housing options with their loved ones.

"That question often arises after a face-to-face visit with an aging parent or even grandparents," said Eve Stern, RN, MS, president of SNAPforSeniors, which has developed the nation's most current and comprehensive, online nationwide database and search tool of the 65,000+ U.S. senior housing facilities across all license types. "Maybe Mom is showing signs of physical deterioration -- like weight loss or difficulty getting around the house. Or maybe Dad isn't making the best decisions these days -- or isn't safe behind the wheel any more. Senior housing is a question you should explore together."

Stern emphasized that the search for senior housing shouldn't be dreaded, but rather researched to find the best fit. For many Americans, the concept of senior housing is limited to just nursing homes.

"There are a wide range of options to explore," she said. "Depending on the level and type of care needed each day, an older person can benefit from home health providers who come into the home to impressive assisted living communities that facilitate greater supervision, social stimulation and services all under one roof. If 24-hour care is needed, then nursing homes may be an appropriate solution. For seniors who don't need routine care but want to enjoy an active lifestyle with peers, there are a number of very attractive retirement communities with full amenity packages or Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) where individuals can age in place as physical needs change over time."

The need for senior housing is on the rise. It is estimated that one million Americans move into senior housing each year(1) and the demand is growing as baby boomer
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