NATURALLY OCCURRING

RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

What is a NORC?

A NORC is a community or neighborhood where residents remain for years, and age as neighbors, until a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) develops.

More than 27% of U.S. Seniors live in a NORC.

  1.   A NORC can refer to a specific apartment building or buildings, or a street or neighborhood of older single family homes. 

  2.   In NORCs, residents have chosen to stay in place - where they have raise their families, retired and want to live out their lives.  Many older neighborhoods of big cities or older small towns develop into naturally occuring retirement communities.

  3.   Especially in these naturally occurring retirement communities, it is possible to band together and develop, or seek help to develop, access to services to aid those needing assistance, thereby retaining the highest quality of life for all residents as they age.

  4.   Fair housing laws provide for a complex with 80% of its residents over 55, to become officially age restricted. Another classification for restricted age is for 100% of residents to be above the age of 62, but this is rare in an evolving NORC.

  5.   For many years the law required an age restricted community to offer significant amenities and services if it was age restricted. That is no longer the case; but to compete, and attract residents, we still see most age restricted facilities and communities offering amenities and services to serve their residents.

  6.   Most services provided to NORCS come from local community service partners.

  7.   Popular amenities and services offered (or requested) by NORCs may include:






                                                                                
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  1.   Social and recreational programs for Seniors

  2.   Continuing education and wellness programs

  3.   Counseling and support services

  4.   Financial management services

  5.   Housekeeping services and resources

  6.   Outside maintenance and referral services

  7.   Emergency and preventive health care programs

  8.   Health screenings and in-home assessments

  9.   Intergenerational activities

  10.   Meal Programs

  11.   Regularly scheduled public transportation

Read more about NORCs with the DALTCP

Study and Report on Supportive Services Programs

In Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)




















The Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy  (DALTCP), is

responsible for the development, coordination, analysis, research and evaluation of the Health and Human Services policies and programs which support the independence, health and long-term care of persons with disabilities--children, working aging adults, and older persons. 


DALTCP is also responsible for policy coordination and research to promote the economic and social well-being of the elderly.


The above report was prepared in 2004 for the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The NCST (National Center For Senior Transportation is the nation’s go-to resource for senior transportation information, research, and program development.  You can reach them at (800) 528-NCST (800) 528-6278.


To learn more about Senior transportation options, go the the NCST website:

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