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Annual Program Illustrates Changing Trends in Senior Living

WASHINGTON, April 23–The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) announced today the 2008 finalists for its Best of 50+ Housing Awards, which honor excellence and innovation in the design, development and marketing of housing for older consumers. The annual awards program is considered a showcase of the latest trends in active adult and service-enhanced housing. The Best of 50+ Housing Awards judges recognized 112 entries in more than 50 categories with best innovations and quality building techniques as Silver Award finalists.

“What’s really impressive about today’s 50+ housing is the wide variety of choices available–it’s definitely not your father’s retirement community anymore,” said Jo Theunissen, chair of NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council. “This year’s finalists include everything from urban high-rises to small village settings as well as developments that encourage intergenerational living and communities where residents can age in place.”

Among this year’s finalists are:

– Silver Sage Village, an age-in-place community in Colorado noted for its green designs including use of sustainable materials and passive solar energy.

– Friendship Village, a continuing care retirement community located just outside of downtown Chicago, developed from the revitalization of a seniors community first designed in the 1950s.

– Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch, an age-qualified community in Arizona that features such amenities as a fully equipped learning center with continuing education opportunities offered through Arizona State University.

NAHB will name the Gold Award winners on May 20 during the Best of 50+ Housing Awards Gala, held in conjunction with NAHB’s 2008 Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium in New Orleans. Presentations of all of the finalists’ entries will be on display during the Symposium.

The NAHB 50+ Housing Council launched the Best of 50+ Housing Awards to encourage quality and innovation in the 50+ and seniors housing market. The Council provides information, education and networking opportunities for its members and provides advocacy support to NAHB on key 50+ housing issues.

For a complete list of this year’s finalists please go to For more information on the 2008 Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium visit



ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing more than 235,000 members involved in residential building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct 80 percent of the more than 1.08 million new housing units projected for 2008.

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