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Foresight TV

Solo Aging Expert Sara Zeff Geber on Foresight TV

Sara Zeff Geber, a Nexus Insights Fellow, is a Solo Ager and expert on the topic. She will discuss how the number of Solo Agers is growing and will have a significant impact on how senior living will need to look.

Foresight TV is a Senior Living Foresight production hosted by Steve Moran. This will be a can’t-miss episode as we look into the future of Senior Living.

Watch LIVE on LinkedIn or YouTube.

Sara Zeff Geber 2022 ICAA Conference

Sara Zeff Geber Presents at the 20th Annual ICAA Conference

“Solo Agers: Major players in the future of senior living”

Presenter: Sara Zeff Geber

Solo Agers are older adults without family support. The Baby Boom generation has twice as many solo agers as did their parents’ generation, and this growth is an unprecedented opportunity for senior living communities. However, adjustments need to be made to attract and serve this cohort of active adults. Communities that seize this opportunity to serve solo agers must become not just their homes, but their families as well. Explore unique ways of meeting the social and emotional needs of this growing group of older adults.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the unique housing and support needs of solo agers.
  • Design programs to help your community meet the expectations and aspirations of this growing cohort.
  • Set up systems that facilitate family-like bonding and care, resident-to-resident, resident-to-staff and staff-to-staff.

More info at the ICAA Conference website.

AARP CA Sara Geber Solo Aging Sept. 28

Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging with Sara Geber

Are you single? Are you child-free? Do you have adult children who live far away? Is your extended family not a part of your daily life? If you answered yes to any of these, you are a Solo Ager. Hosted by AARP California, this virtual event is free but registration is required.

“Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging with Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D.” – Wednesday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET.



Virtual Presentation: Meeting The Challenges of Solo Aging – AARP California

Nexus Fellow Sara Zeff Geber will be giving a virtual presentation on September 28, 2022, on meeting the challenges of solo aging for AARP California. Time: TBA.

Piedmont Gardens

Sara Geber at Piedmont Gardens

Nexus Fellow Sara Zeff Geber will give two presentations on Solo Aging at the Piedmont Gardens Retirement Community in Oakland, CA.

More info coming soon.

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Solo Aging and Senior Living’s Urgent Call to Action!

For the last 12 years, Sara Zeff Geber, author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, and a Nexus Fellow, has been studying what she calls “solo aging.” It’s a concept that came to her when she realized that all around her, Baby Boomers were taking care of their aging parents, running errands, moving them into senior living communities, helping them with doctors appointments and insurance, and spending a great deal of time helping them navigate their lives as they aged. She began to think about herself and the many others without children, “Who is going to do that for us?”

“At least 70% of people are going to need some kind of assistance as they get older,” she explained, but solo agers won’t have adult children to help them with it. “We have a situation coming in 10 or 15 years that is going to take both the senior living industry and the government to help resolve.”

Sara Geber coined the term “Solo Ager.” She is the foremost thought leader in solo aging and is passionate about creating change in senior housing. More than anything, Sara wants to drag baby boomers out of their denial of aging and point them toward positive planning. Learn more about Sara Zeff Geber at Nexus Insights.


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Aging in Place to Aging in Community

From Aging in Place to Aging in Community: A 2020 Virtual Talk by Dr. Sara Zeff Geber

Aging in place can be a recipe for isolation and loneliness, according to solo aging expert and Nexus Fellow, Sara Zeff Geber, PhD. In a 2020 virtual presentation, she explains the risks, which include cognitive decline, depression, high blood pressure and more. The result? A decreased quality of life.

According to Geber, there are three types of loneliness:

  • Intimate/Emotional: Longing for a close confidante or intimate partner;
  • Relational/Social: Yearning for quality friendships and social companionship;
  • Collective: Hunger for a network or community of people who share a sense of purpose and interests.

In her presentation, Geber also explains:

  • What makes us happy in later life;
  • The importance of relationships and where they come from;
  • Opportunities to build community;
  • How building community can lead you to the right place to age.

Watch the full presentation:

The event was co-sponsored by Newton Free Library, 2Life Communities, Temple Shalom, and Newton Department of Senior Services.


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Why Boomers May (or May Not) Want to Age in Place

There are so many options between aging-in-place and a nursing home. Open-minded baby boomers should explore them all.

While many people plan to “age in place” and remain in their homes, it isn’t always the best plan, the best location, or the best house. It may not even be an option in later years when unexpected health or mobility issues, or even loneliness, play a factor. Does that mean the only other option is a skilled nursing facility? Absolutely not. According to an op-ed written in the Sun-Sentinel by Nexus Fellows Ryan Frederick and Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, other options include “age-friendly apartments, active adult communities, independent living senior communities, home-sharing, co-housing and accessible dwelling units (ADUs).”

What makes a place the right place, or the best place, when it comes to a happy life? Purpose, engagement, and social connection, according to findings from the Rush Memory and Aging Project. Frederick and Geber go on to explain how policymakers can support this, and how Boomers can make the right choice for their “bonus” years, the 21 years beyond retirement.

Read the full piece, ‘Aging in Place’ is not a plan. It’s denial – and it ignores an opportunity.

Ryan Frederick and Sara Zeff Geber are fellows of Nexus Insights, a think tank advancing the well-being of older adults through innovative models of housing and healthcare. Frederick is the author of “Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021). Geber is the author of “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults” (Mango, 2018).


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Dr. Sara Zeff Geber at Silicon Valley Senior Roundtable March 2022 Meeting

The Challenges of Aging Without Family Support

Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and retirement coach. Sara was named an “Influencer in Aging” in 2018 and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com in the areas of aging and retirement. Sara has a special interest in Solo Agers. Her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Child-free Adults, was published in 2018, and was selected as a ‘best book on aging well’ by the WSJ. Since early 2020, Sara has been a Fellow with Nexus Insights, a think tank advancing the well-being of older adults through innovative housing and healthcare. Sara is active in the American Society on Aging (ASA), the Life Planning Network, and the Encore Network. She frequently speaks about Solo Aging and senior living at national and local conferences and meetings. Find out more about Sara on her website, www.LifeEncore.com and on LinkedIn.

This is an in-person and streamed event. For more info and to register visit the Eventbrite page.

Happiness is Healthiness – GreenFields of Geneva

Presenter: Dr. Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 2nd • 11am
Hosted by: GreenFields of Geneva

Wondering what the future brings can be a big weight on your shoulders. That level of stress can affect your health and you may not even know it. In this presentation, Dr. Geber will share tips for #SoloAgers on the importance of having a plan in place, including healthcare, the dangers of loneliness and isolation, and how moving to a community can actually help you live longer.

This is one of the 3-part series Get Set for Life on vital aging, and discover things you should know about planning for a better lifestyle in your retirement years. At each event, an expert in the field will share their insight and answer questions.

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