Retirement & Senior Living Choices: A Guide

Whether you call it senior living, retirement living, aging in place, or just finding a nice place to live when you get a bit older, where and how to live is a super important question for older adults.

There is a great deal of information on the Internet about the more traditional types of retirement community. But we find our explorers are still seeking clearer comparative information about what is out there, and how to choose between different retirement living options.

We also see a strong theme in our explorer discussions that suggests todays boomers are less enthusiastic than their parents about conventional retirement community options. Instead, people are asking about things like cohousing and other types of affinity-based community.

This page is the Topic Hub for our analysis of different retirement living options, and other types of senior living arrangements. 

If you are just starting your research into these topics, we recommend starting with this overview article about different options for retirement living.


See our featured articles and explorations below.


Featured Research

Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects

Cohousing: The Power of Community

Cohousing: The power of community. Thoughts from a cohousing pioneer.

where and how do boomers retire

Where & How We Want to Live

Where and how we want to live as we age has been the subject of quite a few of our Longevity Explorer discussions, especially in those circles made up of Boomers. We Boomers wonder: should we move, and to which type of living situation? Listen to the audio of real people discussing these topics.

Retirement Living: Comparison Matrix & Talk

Retirement Living expert John Milford has created this talk and comparison matrix of pros and cons of different retirement living alternatives, using San Francisco Bay Area examples to illustrate the comparison process. Details include entry fee sizes, ongoing financial obligations, application requirements, and which entities oversee the different housing types.

Additional Research in this Topic Hub