RIHousing, along with HousingWorks RI and LeadingAge RI, recently held a Senior Health & Housing Forum to discuss innovative ways for health care and service providers to collaborate with housing providers.
Over the next ten years, Rhode Island’s senior population is expected to grow significantly – which has important implications for our state. Particularly as Baby Boomers age, their needs and expectations are different than the seniors of previous generations.
Seniors today are not drastically slowing down their lives when they reach age 65. Rather, they are remaining active, staying in the workplace longer and living longer, and, more seniors are choosing to “age in place,” or remain in their homes. To meet the needs of this growing demographic, Rhode Island must plan now to find solutions for senior housing, healthcare and services.
A full capacity crowd heard insights from Marianne Raimondo, Executive Director of the Institute for Education in Healthcare at Rhode Island College, which provides cross-disciplinary education and learning opportunities for the health care workforce in Rhode Island. Keynote speaker Linda Couch, LeadingAge's national Vice President of Housing Policy, discussed the rapidly changing landscape of senior care and how changes at the federal level will impact our states. Attendees also participated in breakout sessions to share best practices on housing and healthcare for seniors.
For more information on the Forum, including materials and other related resources, click here.