Hand sanitizers now abound in senior residences. Friends and family members who are sick are being asked to stay away and to communicate through Skype or other electronic means.
Senior co-housing, like one such community in Oakland, is on the upswing as more aging adults look for alternatives to institutional living.
Berkeley and a group of community organizations are working together to ensure that older residents have options to age ‘well’ in the city.
There are steps Berkeley can take – like increasing the pedestrian signal time at intersections –that will make it a more amenable place for older residents.
The new project would offer a “continuing care” facility that features apartments, a memory care unit, and nursing facilities for people at the end of their lives.