By 2035, the number of Americans age 65 and over is expected to top 78 million, surpassing the number of children (age 18 and under) for the first time. The graying of America is a good thing, for it means we are living healthier, longer lives. It’s also a good thing for Sharon Towers, for it offers us a wonderful opportunity to satisfy the changing taste buds of the residents of tomorrow. Tastes in dining are changing. And we are ready.
The Boomers Are Coming!
Today’s Baby Boomers will be tomorrow’s senior living residents. When their time comes to move in and join us for a meal, they want something more than meat and potatoes. They want a menu with healthier choices: For instance, fresh veggies, vegan and vegetarian offerings, and delicious meals for the gluten-free among us. Also, they want to know what they are eating: The number of calories and ingredients. They want to enjoy more ethnic options: Unique recipes, vibrant flavors, zesty seasoning. Above all, they want different styles of dining, from informal to white-napkin fancy: Sharon Towers is already meeting that need with Allison’s (fine dining), Center Stage (main dining room), The Bistro (informal) and Wolfe Lounge (a chance to unwind with friends). And they want smoothies!
With Dining, Change Is Good
Those of us in senior living dining services must not only be prepared to offer a different kind of culinary experience. Consequently, we must embrace the change, and the chance it gives us to make our meals a highlight of the Sharon Towers experience.
I came to Sharon Towers from Orlando, where I helped manage dining programs at two senior living communities. I made the move because I know this is a place keen on offering wonderful options, including the meals we serve our residents.
In our world, and yours, there’s nothing more exciting than presenting a new menu when someone asks, “What’s for dinner?”
"We actually have more freedom now at Sharon Towers than we ever had in a house. There are activities for everyone! I enjoy knitting group while Doug plays poker, bridge and attends the Bible study."
Emily (and Doug) Booth
"Whether I eat in the main dining room or at Allison’s, the meals are first class.”
"There is real cooperation and respect between Sharon Towers residents, their families and the administrative staff. Every effort is made to accommodate individual residents requests while also ensuring the best medical care and quality of life."
"Sharon Towers is a place where everyone can feel comfortable. With a calendar full of all kinds of activities, you'll be surprised how quickly you make true and abiding friends."
"The big secret is that Sharon Towers is one of the best restaurants in town.”
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