What to look for in retirement living in 2014

With 2013 in the rearview mirror, many people are looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store, and that includes those in the senior living industry. Older adults' needs are much different than in previous years, and retirement communities have been adapting at a rapid pace to keep up with the changing model of seniors' lifestyle. Looking ahead to the coming months, Senior Housing News pointed out several trends they expect to see. 

Perhaps most significantly, analysts anticipate seeing the growing importance of technology in seniors' lives. This trend has already been going on for some time, but now the use of the latest devices will become a necessary part of everyday life, experts say. Specifically, they expect that retirement residences will come fully equipped so that seniors are connected.

"I believe we will see a more purposeful investment in making these small, but important spaces work for marketing purposes and "for real" as each wave of senior residents crosses the threshold more wired, and more ready to Skype, blog, Facebook, and email with friends and loved ones off campus," industry insider David Dillard told the news source.

This is certainly a smart move given that seniors have placed a growing emphasis on connectivity. In 2012, researchers found that 49 percent of online seniors were Facebook users, and that figure has likely increased since then.

Healthy aging has been on the mind of seniors for a long time, and that's expected to continue into 2014 as retirement living incorporates wellness into the community setting, Senior Housing News estimates. Other trends expected to make their presence felt this year include customization and on-site services.