A New Landscape for Aging Well
The Peninsula Wellness Community Master Plan defines a new paradigm of “connected aging” that focuses on transforming existing communities with age-friendly, socially vibrant design principles. This approach maximizes life-long wellness by keeping older adults connected to each other, to the broader community, and to care providers. It eliminates the negative effects of segregating older adults from their social networks to live in remote, age-restricted communities.
The project will address the multiple needs of an individual over time by connecting a variety of uses onsite: independent senior housing, senior housing with services, research and medical offices, clinical/research spaces, lecture and conference spaces, community health support, health and fitness areas, and a variety of outdoor gathering spaces. It will also serve to connect adjacent services such as Mills Peninsula Medical Center (hospital and medical offices), The Trousdale (assisted living and memory care), Sunrise (assisted living and memory care), Mills Peninsula Outpatient Therapy Center, and Peninsula Post-Acute (skilled nursing).
The community is designed to attract a diversity of ages to ensure that seniors are integrated into the mainstream of life. By providing a place that improves physical and emotional well being, seniors can age in place and stay connected to each other, to the broader community, and to care providers.
To address the dramatic increase in demand for older adult health, new technologies, treatments, and programs must be created. The site proposed for the Peninsula Wellness Community is located near renowned research institutions and innovative technology firms. Opportunities for collaboration with age-related research that will be taking place onsite will create a center of innovation in healthy aging.