Or, NORC’s, are areas that are predominantly senior citizens where supportive services are in place to assist them to stay in their own homes. These communities are a boon for those wishing to age in place and bring together the services offered by existing volunteer and for-profit community organizations in an area. They also focus on educating the elderly and their families about risks and preventions for things like fall prevention, and kidney and heart disease. There are approximately eighty NORC’s in the U.S. currently. The services provided by a NORC raise the quality of life for seniors and increase the viability and success of aging in place.
Aging in Place Answers
To learn more about NORC’s you can visit the UJC’s National NORCs Aging in Place Initiative website or visit some of the other websites listed below.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report on Supportive Services Programs in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
- Aging in Place on SeniorResource
- Aging in Place and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (Adobe PDF format) is an AARP statement before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions subcommittee on Retirement Security and Aging
- Retirement Communities on Wikipedia