This course is designed to serve as a guide to understanding how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that come with aging, and survey 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 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 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 only sign up for this course if you are able to attend ALL class sessions. An internet connection, email address and access to the web are required to receive course announcements and materials. Lecture (plus Questions); Viewing Videos; Field Trip(s).