Green Bay’s boomers expected to fuel senior housing program

May 28, 2011 by , filed under: Senior Living 

senior housing 2Bernadine and Harold Boncher moved into the western part of Green Bay in search of a simpler life in 1988. The couple, already 60 years old by then, enjoyed a great lifestyle until Bernadine died 2 years ago. The sole proprietor of this apartment is now Harold (88 years) and has to deal with all sorts of problems including severe health problems like asthma and diabetes. However, he has no wish to leave his comfortably air conditioned apartment, rented for $600 a month. He said, “I can’t live any better.”

Whether Green Bay area would be able to provide apartments to all senior citizens with the impending senior boom is questionable as statistics are perhaps showing. With the baby boomers nearing retirement age, the population in this part of the world is expected to be double in the next twenty years, from less than thirty thousand to about sixty thousand people.

The Green Bay area is in due for a large base of housing options for senior citizens that cater to the needs of those both living independently as well as those with care requirements. However, the upcoming shift in demographics has left the whole area worried about a deficiency of space in the near future. Dennis Watermolen, the owner of Hamilton Gate Apartment said, “In a couple of years, we might have a shortage.”

Bernadine and Harold Boncher moved into the western part of Green Bay in search of a simpler life in the year 1988. The couple, already 60 years old then, enjoyed a great lifestyle until Bernadine died 2 years ago. The sole proprietor of this apartment is now Harold (88 years) and has to deal with all sorts of problems including severe health problems like asthma and diabetes. However, he has no wish to leave his comfortably air conditioned apartment, rented for $600 a month. He said, “I can’t live any better.” Whether Green Bay area would be able to provide apartments to all senior citizens with the impending senior boom is questionable. With the baby boomers nearing retirement age, the population in this part of the world is expected to be double in the next twenty years, from less than thirty thousand to about sixty thousand. Green Bay area is in store for a large base of housing option for senior citizens that cater to the needs of citizens both living independently as well as those with intensive care requirements. However, the upcoming shift in demographics has left everybody worried about a deficiency of space in the near future. Dennis Watermolen, the owner of Hamilton Gate Apartment said, “In a couple of years, we might have a shortage.”

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110527/GPG0101/105270606/Green-Bay-s-boomers-may-fuel-senior-housing-bust

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