The Keys to Senior Housing: A Guide for Two Generations

About the Book

Where should senior citizens live? Both seniors and adult children will learn how to decide about staying in the current home with modifications or moving to more appropriate housing like retirement communities or assisted living facilities. For seniors, it validates your self-worth and guides you through each stage. For the adult children, it teaches you how to direct your parent into finding the safest possible housing. By learning about these topics of modifying the current home or deciding to move, doing the homework, learning about the many housing choices, having the interview, downsizing, moving in, and acclimating, you will have the keys to successful senior living.

Both generations should participate in the conversation that flows from “I am not ready” to “I do not want to move” to “I am not sure” to the realization of “I love it here.”

I have the perfect solution to the dilemma of senior housing: Do something. 

The classic example of getting old and having a declining memory revolves around losing one’s keys. For those of us who have spent time searching for them, we come to the realization that we should be more organized and put the keys in the same place each time. I am offering ways for all of you to restructure your thought processes regarding the senior housing choices, so that when you are presented with actual new keys or the symbolic key of crossing the threshold to a new place, you will feel as though you are organized and that you are in control of your situation within new boundaries.

Through my professional expertise as the director of a senior citizen apartment building and my personal experience with aging parents, I am able to provide you with clear choices and real-life anecdotes to show you how to evaluate the current living situation and plan for the future. I demonstrate what you all can do to make the housing choice successful.

Why This Book is For You and Your Family

As most of the 60 million Baby Boomers find themselves needing to deal with their aging parents, the dilemma of senior housing can be overwhelming. Where is it safe for your parent to live? How can you help to direct your parent into making the proper decisions as to staying in his current home or moving to a higher level of care? For seniors yourselves, you need to know what to expect if you stay in your own home or if you move to an unfamiliar place. Since I have been on the inside as a professional and as the daughter and daughter-in-law of those who needed and found proper housing, I know that these ideas are helpful and consoling. Furthermore, this book will serve as a resource for the directors and staff of senior facilities, because I give informative examples of how a housing interview should and should not be conducted and what makes a good facility.

Senior Housing Tests

  1. Are You Ready for Senior Housing Test? Parts A and B
  2. Not in the Dark Test (Death, Finances, Legacy)
  3. Topics for Necessary Conversation, Parts A and B (Worried, Afraid, Funeral, Finances)
  4. 18 Questions to Ask at the Interview
  5. Downsizing Questions

Unique Opportunity: Take a Cruise as You Participate

in a Senior Housing Seminar


Are you tired of having you daughter insist that you cannot manage where you live? Are you convinced you will never move, or do you want to move to a safer environment but do not know how to begin the process?

Adult Children:

Do you worry about your aging mother living alone? Are you frustrated with your father’s stubbornness about staying in his current apartment?

Now you can get answers to the senior housing dilemmas while sailing on one of several luxurious cruises offered at various times of the year. Enjoy a relaxing venue as you take pleasure in beautiful and exotic ports of call, while you participate in interesting and interactive senior housing seminars. Book this seminar cruise for yourself, or come along with your parent or adult child. The seminars are designed to describe  senior housing options and help everyone have better lines of communication about if, when, and where to move. See for more information.