SOURCE: Friendship Village of Kalamazoo

April 29, 2008 12:58 ET

Friendship Village Exemplifies the Latest Trends in Senior Living With Opening of Garden Homes

Kalamazoo's Most Progressive Senior Living Option Is Now on Display

KALAMAZOO, MI--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Retirement for the 40 million seniors in their 70s is now an entirely different experience. This active group, known as the "Silent Generation" (born 1923-1933), is not content to retire to the constraints of a "nursing home." Instead, these seniors are creating a demand for options in senior living communities that reflect their interests, desires and needs.

Today, Friendship Village of Kalamazoo celebrated these active seniors with the grand opening of its Garden Homes -- a development that provides the amenities and lifestyles important to the Silent Generation. State Representative Jacob Hoogendyk, Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce President Stewart Sandstrom, and President of the Friendship Village Board of Directors Matt Tiller were on hand to help open the development to the Kalamazoo public.

The Silent Generation looks for amenities such as 9-foot ceilings, tile floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. In addition, many of today's seniors still want space and do not want to have to "down-size."

Seniors also look for a sense of community, freedom and security. A place where they have the freedom to pursue the lifestyle they enjoy -- traveling, eating out, playing golf, antiquing or entertaining friends and family.

The Garden Homes offers all these qualities. Their exterior exhibits careful attention to detail, including large windows with decorative trim and cedar-shake-look accents. In addition, Friendship Village Garden Homes are "barrier-free," allowing for safe and unhindered passage. And, to allow seniors their personality expressions, each villa can be customized to suit individual tastes.

"I have been pleased to see the value that has been put in to these homes," says Garden Homes designer and architect Jon Rambow. "When people walk into the models, they will be impressed."

In addition to being aesthetically appealing, the Garden Homes offer a sense of community and the freedom for an active lifestyle through the professional housekeeping, maintenance, groundskeeping and 24-hour security staff.

"These homes are designed for active, independent seniors who want to enjoy the advantages of a senior living community without having to downsize," says Stan Clouse, Executive Director for Friendship Village. "These advantages include an exceptional array of activities including tai chi classes, excursions to gourmet dinner tours, and outings to area attractions."

About Friendship Village

For more than 30 years, Friendship Village has provided seniors an environment rich in service and amenities. Friendship Village is Kalamazoo's first and only true life-care* community. As a life-care community, all Friendship Village residents will live life as they please with the peace of mind that, should the need for healthcare arise, they are assured access to on-site skilled nursing care at a substantial savings for life. Friendship Village is managed by Life Care Services LLC, a leader in the senior housing industry.

*References to the term life-care are fully explained in the Residency Agreement.

Contact Information

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