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Nursing homes, care facilities need to prepare for coming 'boom' in demand

Posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2005
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Kyle Kostelecky, coordinator, UNI undergraduate gerontology program, (319) 273-6083 (office); (319) 273-2814 (department office); or E-mail to
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

National Assisted Living Week is Sept. 11-17, and brings the focus, once again, on the growing need for nursing homes and care facilities. Kyle Kostelecky, coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa's undergraduate gerontology program and an associate professor of family studies, recently spoke to the board of an area nursing home about the need to prepare for the Baby Boom generation as it begins retiring and seeks long-term care.















In 2011, the first of the Boomers will turn 65, with some retiring around 2008, at age 62, or before. Kostelecky says many of them may be in the retirement center/nursing home environment for 30 to 40 years or more. He says Boomers 'can be demanding and they settle for nothing. They are used to getting what they want, or they'll go elsewhere.' They will want larger rooms and living spaces, more autonomy and a place for their families to come for visits and gatherings. And, Kostelecky adds, these families may be four to five generations versus the two to three we have seen in the past.















Contacts:















Kyle Kostelecky, coordinator, UNI undergraduate gerontology program, (319) 273-6083 (office); (319) 273-2814 (department office); or E-mail to















Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728















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