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What's a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, affectionately known as NORCs, are a relative recently recognized form of senior living. These may be areas in older urban areas where there is a cluster of people of retirement age.

Increasingly, providers of senior services and social agencies are developing resources to serve these clusters of the elderly where they are, rather than seeking to relocate them elsewhere.

PACE programs -- Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly -- are often found in association with NORCs. You can learn more by clicking here:

The first Naturally Occuring Retirement Communities were recognized in New York City.  Morningside Gardens, a cooperative housing project that was built in the 1960s, is a good example.  Its resident population moved in when they were young, raised their families there, stayed in place as they aged, and now many need age related services, including socialization as can be seen in the picture above.  Click the link to the left to go the age supportive website

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