Mall Conversions Could Build On Pioneering Dementia Village Model

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More failing and abandoned malls are being redeveloped for a mix of uses, including senior housing. One group is exploring converting entire shopping malls into sprawling senior housing and care settings, inspired by a pioneering Dutch memory care community. 

A student design team at Oklahoma State University led by Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Roberts has worked with experienced senior housing architect Jeff Anderzhon to create a prototype to repurpose a vacant, 800,000-square-foot mall in Oklahoma City into a continuing care retirement community incorporating independent living, assisted living, memory care, a medical center and workforce housing

The prototype is still in the concept phase, Roberts told Senior Housing News. But she is confident that it can become a reality in the near future, and believes public-private partnerships are the best way to achieve this.

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