New retirement communities popping up in W. Tennessee

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- Two new retirement and assisted living communities have opened recently in West Tennessee and at least three more are planned.

The Commercial Appeal reports the facilities are targeting the aging baby boomer population.

The Solana of Germantown and Robinwood Retirement of Bartlett held soft openings this year, and at least three others are planned for the area.

Collierville Town Planner Jaime Groce says: "We're being flanked."

Groce says as baby boomers retire, it changes the housing needs of the area. For instance, about 12 percent of the population in Collierville is age 62 or older.

Bob Dalhoff, a planner in Shelby County, says many people look to simplify their lives as they get older.


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