Which Portland apartments are safe for seniors?
The city of Portland is in the midst of a boom in apartment buildings for senior residents, but it’s also starting to see a trend for condos, too.
The number of units in Portland’s new downtown apartments jumped 10 percent in the past year, according to data from the Oregon Department of Commerce and Consumer Services.
Some of the older buildings have been replaced with newer units, which are more comfortable for older people, said Kate Miller, a spokeswoman for the city.
The boom has been driven by a desire by developers to create condos and condominiums, as well as more affordable housing, to accommodate more senior residents.
Developers are pushing more affordable units for older residents, which is good for the economy, said Joel H. Cohen, director of the Portland Center for the Study of Aging at Oregon State University.
“We want to encourage older residents to move into this new market, which they’ve found more affordable,” he said.
A key part of the trend is that the more senior people are, the more apartments are being built for them, said Mike McVay, senior vice president of residential development at developer Cushman & Frierson.
That’s because they are older, and their financial needs are much greater, said McVays partner, Chris Lefevre.
He said the city should encourage more older people to live in these older buildings, too, as there are more residents with health issues that make them more vulnerable to disease.
“They can get better care in the hospital, and that can make a huge difference to their quality of life,” McVAY said.
For years, older people have been encouraged to live off-site in apartments, and some have done so.
But that has largely been in the form of single-family homes, not condos, McVarys said.
Many of the new condos are for older homeowners with health problems, and they’re being built in areas that are popular with retirees, he said, which could lead to a decrease in health care access for older Portlanders.
The development boom has also led to a push by developers and property owners to open up their properties to younger people.
Developers in Portland, including the developers of Portland Apartments, will open up the development to younger residents.
Some people are moving to older properties, especially condos, because they want to be closer to their family, Miller said.
For some older people living in condos, they’re not seeing the type of amenities that they might have had in older homes, and this could impact the quality of their health care, said Miller. “
That will increase demand for older housing in Portland.”
For some older people living in condos, they’re not seeing the type of amenities that they might have had in older homes, and this could impact the quality of their health care, said Miller.
“It’s a double whammy, because there’s a lot of housing that’s being developed in the community that’s really not accessible to the elderly,” Miller added.
Older residents will also have to pay more for health care as they age, said Cohen, who is helping the city find new ways to accommodate them.
“Health care is going to be very expensive in the long term, so we need to provide them the opportunity to live at a higher quality level,” he added.
“You need to have that choice.”
The new condos will be more expensive than older homes in older areas.
But the cost of living in a condo could drop, because it will be easier to get access to community services, like community gardens, which help residents of older buildings.
“There are all sorts of other things you can do to help people stay healthy and make it easier for people to get to their retirement years,” said Cohen.
“I think there are a lot more options that we can take.”