Ten thousand Americans turn 65 every day, and will continue to do so for the next 19 years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. By 2030 in New York City, one in five residents will be over 65.

“There can be more ‘business as usual’ when it comes to aging,” Audrey S. Weiner, president and CEO of Jewish Home Lifecare, says in an interview. “The numbers are too high, the stakes are too great, and the lives are too sacred.”

By the end of this year, Jewish Home Lifecare is slated to break ground on a new 20-story facility on the Upper West Side, to replace its nursing home on 106th Street. To be called The Living Center of Manhattan, it is based on a radically innovative model of elder care called Green House, in which a larger facility is organized into smaller units that operate like households. Decisions are guided not by the needs of the institution as a whole, but by the needs of the elders within a particular unit.  See more…