This Start-Up Is Looking at the Future of Senior Living, Aging in Place

The most common options for single, healthy seniors are to either live alone, move into an institutional senior living facility, or move in with family.

Each option can present issues. Living alone can lead to loneliness-related health issues; institutional living is too expensive for most families; and moving in with family can put an additional burden on children now raising their own families.

UpsideHoM is building a new model to tackle some of these issues, and they’re calling it a “deconstructed” senior living facility.

Baby boomers and senior living

Driven largely by the coronavirus pandemic, senior living occupancy rates are shrinking, while inventory growth has also slowed. Less people are living in senior housing, and the capacity of senior living is topping out — all while boomers continue to age.

According to a report from the University of Chicago, by 2029 less than half of middle-income seniors in

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‘I Wasn’t in a Healthy Place’

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Before Olivia Plath starts a family of her own one day, she is taking the necessary steps to heal the wounds from her own childhood.

The Welcome to Plathville star, who celebrated her two-year anniversary with husband Ethan Plath in October, recently began going to therapy again — a decision she tells PEOPLE came to after realizing she “was not in a healthy place.”

“I’m currently in therapy. I started again last month, just realizing that I was not in a healthy place and I needed to work through things,” Olivia, 22, says.

Though she and Ethan hope to have children one day, “I also know that in many ways, we’re not ready for kids,” she says, “and the fact that we need to heal and process our own childhoods before we bring another child into the world.”

Olivia Plath/ instagram Ethan and Olivia Plath

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