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Silver Tsunami or a Window of Opportunity?

Silver Tsunami or a Window of Opportunity?
October 16, 2020

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the nation’s population of 65 and older are rapidly increasing as the Baby Boomer generation born between 1946 and 1964 are aging. As the nation continues to grey, senior-focused companies are also riding on the silver tsunami wave. 

New Focus on Seniors
While a majority of the senior care market focuses on elderly homes, there are also companies that are focusing on acknowledging the market for seniors who prefer to age at their own homes, a trend that is rising among the Baby Boomer generation. 

Traditional Senior Care Housing to House Sharing
Atria Senior Living headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky was established in 1996 and operates the more traditional senior care housing through monthly rental apartments for elderly residents across 26 states and 7 Canadian provinces. Seniorly is a marketplace startup founded out of San Francisco, California in 2014 that focuses on helping families find the right senior living options while partnering with different senior home businesses and agents to improve its listings. Silvernest is another marketplace company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, designed for baby boomers and empty nesters to safely and securely rent out their extra living space. The company was founded in 2015 by Chuck Mckenney and Wendi Burkhardt. 

Online Marketplace Doubles Growth During Pandemic
Carewell, an e-commerce startup helps families look for caregiving products, at targets the market for at-home seniors. A family startup headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, was started by Bianca Padilla and Jonathan Magolnick. It picked up its first round of funding of $5MM in September and is reported to have doubled its revenue during the pandemic as families shifted to at-home care, in fear of cluster outbreaks at senior homes. 

The Bottom Line
Senior care startups are getting a bigger spotlight. Especially as the Baby Boomer generation is one of the fastest-growing adopters of technology, we may see a window of opportunity for companies focused on technology for seniors.

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