Navigation Links
More Men Moving Into Senior Residences

Men Living in Senior Housing Growing; Adoption of Healthy Lifestyle


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -. In the face of conventional wisdom, which has long proven true, women live longer than men. Men, however, are making a comeback of sorts as more men than ever are moving into senior living residences nationwide. Historically female-dominated, senior living communities are welcoming more men for a variety of reasons, including the fact that men are now living longer, too.

"We do have an upward trend in male move-ins, year to year," said Glenn Sheriff, senior director of marketing analytics for Brookdale Senior Living, one of the nation's leading senior living operators serving 52,000 residents in 35 states. "The most significant numbers, however, are noted when looking at the overall trend from 2004 until now."

Senior living communities offer a variety of lifestyles and activity levels by providing independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer's and dementia care options, along with rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers. These varied lifestyles and care options are sometimes offered all on the same campus in continuing care retirement centers (CCRC).

Particularly noteworthy for male move-ins is their growing presence in independent living communities. From 2004 until now, Brookdale has seen a growth rate among male move-ins of about 7.5 percent. For example, Seasons at Glenview Place, a Brookdale Senior Living community in Northbrook, Ill. has experienced a 75 percent increase in the number of men moving in to independent living apartments at the community from 2004-2007.

"We have quite a few couples here, and our Men's Club has become noticeably more popular in the last few years. In fact, our male population participates in many of our activity and outing options," said Janet Franz, executive director of Seasons at Glenview. "We gain most of our residents through referrals and word of mouth."

That more men are now living in senior living housing is a direct result of the fact that men are living longer. One key reason for this is that many men are learning to take better care of themselves.

According the U.S. Census Bureau, 38 percent of deaths in the United States are due to four main causes: diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol excess. For awhile now, men have been actively making lifestyle changes to combat the negative effects of these factors, including embracing a well-balanced diet and regular physical activity.

In addition, major advances have been made in medicine and medical technology that are helping negate poor lifestyle choices. For instance, a low-dose aspirin regime is often prescribed to reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes, and cholesterol-lowering drugs are more available and effective at reducing the incidence of coronary disease and stroke. Plus, interventional procedures such as coronary angioplasty and coronary artery bypass grafting have saved many men with established coronary disease from serious adverse events such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, and even death.

According to Kevin O'Neil, MD, FACP, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and Medical Director of Optimum Life(R) for Brookdale Senior Living, whole person wellness is not just about an individual's body, but also one's mind, heart, soul, relationships, and sense of meaning and purpose.

"Research has shown social isolation as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. O'Neil. "Social engagement has now been shown to be a more potent predictor of longevity than age or medical conditions, therefore showcasing the powerful influence of relationships."

"Sustaining positive relationships with others enhances health and provides a sense of camaraderie and belonging," said Dr. O'Neil. "A senior living community promotes and encourages social activity, therefore influencing a better quality of life for years to come."

For more information about senior living lifestyles, options and care, visit

SOURCE Brookdale Senior Living
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Brain Slow to Judge Fast-Moving Objects Head-On
2. New KLRI Reports Shows Longevity Science Moving Beyond Studying the Obvious to the Downward Spiral Paradigm in the Aging Process
3. Health and Fitness Industry Gets Moving on Capitol Hill to Champion Legislation Encouraging Exercise
4. Fighting Cancer: Historic Anti-Asbestos Legislation Moving Forward With Support of Meso Foundation
5. Wal-Mart & Nalgene Removing Toxic Bottles, Place Consumers Concerns First
6. Humboldt Storage & Moving to Partner with March for Babies
7. Winners Announced in HopeLabs Global Competition to Get Kids Moving!
8. Moving beyond tamoxifen: Drug discovery and the future of selective hormone receptor modulators
9. Congressional Budget Includes Earmark to Keep Washingtons Sexual Assault DNA Program Moving Forward
10. AUDIO from Medialink and GlaxoSmithKline: Get Ready to Get Moving to a New You in the New Year
11. After Dropping 162 Pounds, Jodi Davis Inspires Other Michigan Women to Get Moving and Lose Weight Through
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... With FCPX Overlay: Grit , users can apply a ... possibilities are truly endless, all with a click of a mouse. Each user has ... flip, depth of field and more, all within Final Cut Pro X. , With ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Contact Center Enterprise Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes ... and support Cisco Unified Contact Center solutions targeted to the high-end enterprise contact ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 ... ... in 2015. Recently Caribbean Journal, one of the leading digital news sites highlighting ... The top reason? The weather. While much of North America shivers under chilly ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... the19th Bi-National Convention of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce held ... Vegas, Nevada. , 1Heart Caregiver Services, as an active delegate from the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... (Meso Foundation) released information for caregivers and held two webinars on topics of ... on demand free of charge at . , With a loved ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015  The fee-for-service reimbursement ... U.S. medical imaging is on its way ... care payer-provider contracts are set to phase ... wake, alter provider-vendor relationships. The shift to ... forward new purchasing frameworks in the medical ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. and SAN ... Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ) ... (FDA) has accepted for filing the New Drug Application ... approved, the extended release formulation will offer patients a ... ® ) is currently approved as ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... and ST. LOUIS , Nov. ... (NASDAQ: ESRX ) today announced an early renewal ... which began in 1999, will now extend through at ... --> After evaluating pharmacy benefit manager capabilities during ... Express Scripts continues to offer the best health plan ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: