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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Is There a Safe Haven for Active, Older Adults During a Pandemic?

Susan Bruker RA
Principal, Lawrence Group
Maureen Dunn
Sr. Director of Strategic Initiative, St. Andrews Resources for Seniors System
Mary Alice Ryan
President/CEO, St. Andrews Resources for Seniors System

The pandemic has dramatically affected the senior living industry, including active adults who are members of a life community or considering retirement living. As communities worked to develop new game plans, some residual effects include: Disenchantment with the life care community concept due to isolation, fear of community living due to potential virus exposure, limited technology and social connectivity, loss of staff, empty apartment units, financial burdens and limited control over individuals choosing not to comply with pandemic standards. As the industry advances, is there a future safe haven for our active older adults who want the engagement of community without the risk? 
During this session, attendees will learn how different independent living options fared during the pandemic and analyze solutions. The remainder of the presentation will focus on Summerville at Francis Place, a project currently under construction in St. Louis, MO, built with the above mentioned concerns in mind



1. Assess different independent living options and how each fared during the pandemic.
2. Summarize safety, care and design solutions to prepare for future outbreaks.
3. Analyze alternative housing types for active senior adults.
4. Plan for the future of active senior communities.