Nowadays, when that “oh no” moment arrives, there are many upscale resort-like assisted living facilities that help baby boomers and their families make that painful transition more easily. A good place to begin research is an excellent resource called the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). ALFA advocates on behalf of senior living and the residents served by senior living companies and as the voice for operators of senior living communities, as well. Their core philosophy for more than 20 years has been that assisted living is more than a service or location. It means choice, independence, dignity and quality of life for our precious loved ones.

Two upscale facilities to get you thinking about all that “retirement” and “assisted living” can be are: and As we boomers redefine aging, we are building much more appropriate places for spending one’s twilight years. Luxury and tons of amenities will be expected.

We have added three new best-of-the-best assisted living facilities to our section on caregiving. One is luxurious Atria on the Hudson, which is the next generation of thoughtful, purposeful community living for seniors. It is as they say, “much more than a place to live, it’s a safe, inviting community to call home.” Another we like is Horizon Bay with communities across the nation that are more like retirement resorts, each with its own personality. The third is Vi, continuing care retirement communities with locations across the country featuring independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s/memory support care and skilled nursing care. One we personally know about is Vi Palo Alto adjacent to Stanford University and super shopping at the Stanford Shopping Center. Take the virtual tour and you’ll get a feel for why we like it.