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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Gerontology: M.S.


Program in Gerontology


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Phyllis Greenberg

Second Advisor

Rona Karasik

Third Advisor

Annette Greely

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Assisted Living, Housing with Services, Older Adults, Minnesota


The purpose of this study was to learn what the Baby Boom generation knows about Housing with Services/Assisted Living and if they are prepared for their future. Categories studied included knowledge on cost, services, definitions of Housing with Services/Assisted Living, resources and involvement in looking for Senior Housing.

The participants were born between the years 1946 and 1964. This generation was chosen due to them being a large cohort that is aging. The participants were given a survey with both structured and open ended questions. The hypothesis going into the study was that respondents lacked knowledge about housing options and were not planning for their own future needs. This was borne out in the findings. The findings will be useful when developing ways to improve the knowledge of this cohort, as well as to assist them prepare financially for their own future.