The University Record, July 19, 1999

New assisted-living facility to feature U-M faculty, student involvement

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held July 15 for a privately developed, 75-unit assisted-living facility expected to open in the summer of 2000 that will carry a ‘Michigan’ touch.

Richard Adelman, research scientist, Institute of Gerontology, and professor of biological chemistry, is collaborating with developer Dean Solden to offer intellectual and cultural programming, including lectures and concerts in the new facility.

Adelman is spearheading an effort to stimulate contact between residents of the facility and members of the U-M community, including faculty, research scientists, performing artists and students. He also plans to use the facility as a field site for pilot studies with older adults.

‘University Living will draw upon the resources of the U-M community to provide assistance for the bodies, minds and spirits of our residents,’ Solden says.

Nationwide, about 1.2 million people live in about 30,000 assisted-living facilities that offer a range of personal and medical services for the frail elderly who are too healthy to need skilled nursing services on a 24-hour basis but who are no longer able to live on their own. Photo by Rebecca A. Doyle