Retirement is not the last of life's major life-cycle decisions. There is at least one other worthy of careful consideration: how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life even as aging progresses and life-care needs change. This course is designed to address that decision by serving as a guide to understanding the challenges and opportunities that come with aging, and by surveying the options available for extending independence and promoting quality of life through home, community, and/or continuing care services. While we will explore the spectrum of choices, our focus will be on two of the most popular: AGING IN PLACE and RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES. We'll consider the suitability of your home and your community for Aging-in-Place; explore assistive technologies available for homes that can provide greater ease, comfort, and security; and various options for elder and home care services. Turning to Retirement Communities, we'll discuss what differentiates them from other senior/elder communities, their financial models, types of contracts and fee structures. We'll consider both Independent Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (ILRCs and CCRCs) and the state's regulation of CCRCs. Finally, we'll visit both an ILRC and a number of CCRCs to learn about these communities, the services they provide, their entrance and monthly fees, and the nature and importance of waiting lists. The material in this course builds toward our site visits. Consequently, we ask that you NOT sign up for this course unless you are able to attend ALL class sessions. You MUST be in attendance on January 30. An internet connection, email address and access to the web are required to receive course announcements and materials..