The United States has seen amazing growth in the senior housing field over the last four decades. Prior to the 1970s, older adults who needed support had one option: relocating to a nursing home. The years following 1970 saw the rapid development of assisted living, memory care, residential living with amenities, continuing care retirement communities, and in-home services that provide a number of options for seniors to live productive and enjoyable lives. Today, long-term care services provide care to approximately 8 million Americans. The senior housing industry is now gearing up for the 78 million baby boomers that are heading their way.
Leaders in the long-term care industry have sought advice from USC since the initiation of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center in the 1960s and the establishment of the first school of gerontology, the USC Davis School, in 1975. The USC Senior Living Institute at the Davis School is bringing together today’s leaders in the field of long-term care to assist them with research and education programs related to senior housing.
One of these programs is an annual Senior Housing Executive Course that is offered together with the USC Marshall School of Business. This course provides a unique learning experience for senior housing executives.
The University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is strategically positioned to assist this burgeoning industry with faculty members conducting cutting-edge research, including:
- Davis School Dean Emeritus Edward L. Schneider, MD has been a leading voice in senior housing for more than three decades, chairing conferences on teaching nursing homes and consulting for many leading corporations in the senior housing industry.
- Jon Pynoos, UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy, and Planning at the Davis School, is one of the world’s leading experts on aging in place. He is the director of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification and co-director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence.
- Victor Regnier, ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Gerontology at the Davis School and USC School of Architecture, is an internationally recognized authority on the architecture of senior housing and was involved in designing the first innovative assisted living facilities.
- Susan Enguídanos, associate professor at the Davis School of Gerontology, directs several programs investigating palliative care, hospice care, and transitions in senior care settings.
- Tara Gruenewald, assistant professor at the Davis School, examines creativity in later life.
- Elizabeth Zelinski, Ed and Rita Polusky Professor of Gerontology, is a world-renowned leader in the use of technology to improve the memory of seniors.
- Valter Longo, Edna Jones Professor of Gerontology, leads an initiative to examine nutrition as it relates to older adults.