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Housing and the Boomers: A Discussion of Findings from Recent Minnesota Research

Date and time: 
February 11, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm


  • Katy Boone, Public Health Planner, Office of Aging, Carver County
  • Marilyn Bruin, Associate Professor of Housing Studies, University of Minnesota
  • LaRhae Knatterud, Director, Aging 2030, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Ross Macmillan, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • Connie Osterbaan, Research, Planning & Analysis Manager, Hennepin County

Discussions of housing and the aging population often revolve around planned, multi-unit buildings expressly for seniors. Some think the coming age wave that crests in 2011, with the first baby boomers turning 65, evidences a need for more planned buildings for seniors. However, historically most adults age and live in single-family homes and multi-unit dwellings, and in communities where people of any age might live. Recent Minnesota research findings suggest that boomers, likely more than past generations, plan to remain in their homes and communities rather than moving to planned senior buildings or communities. This session reviewed recent research findings about the housing preferences of baby boomers looking forward, and initiated a discussion about the alignment and misalignment of baby boomer preferences, and the characteristics of existing housing stock and new construction.

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