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Carmichael is Base for Eskaton Senior Residences

Live Well at Home program to celebrate first anniversary today.

Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing series looking at senior issues and residences in Carmichael.

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, attracted to the area's many senior residences as well as medical services.

Census figures from 2010 show Carmichael had a total population of 61,762. Of that amount, 28,944 were age 45 and over. In the 2000 Census, the total population was 49,742 with 20,798 residents 45+.

There are more than a dozen senior care facilities listed in Carmichael Patch's directory. Carmichael's reputation as being senior friendly is well deserved.

One of those residences is , one of the larger assisted living facilities for seniors in Carmichael. It's part of the Eskaton chain with residences in other Sacramento-area towns and cities.

"There's a growing demand for senior residences that reflects an aging population in Carmichael," said Todd Murch, Eskaton's chief executive officer, adding that 18 percent of residents in Carmichael are over 65 compared with 11 percent in Sacramento County.

"'s base has been in Carmichael for 30 years," Murch said. "It is our test site for new programs."

Because the population is aging rapidly, 's Live Well at Home network to get people to stay in their homes is popular, Murch said. Most often, that is the first choice for seniors, he said.

Fifty inaugural members of the program will gather at Eskaton Village today to celebrate the first anniversary of the program.

The program offers access to Eskaton’s Care Management team; healthy living education; a directory of vetted-vendors for home support and maintenance; home safety inspections; transportation services; and a personal concierge to coordinate members’ social and lifestyle interests, according to a news release.

Currently Eskaton offers the program to residents in the Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Arden Park, Orangevale and Campus Commons neighborhoods.

In Carmichael, there are about 430 residents and the facility has remained virtually full since the 1990's, Murch said. Eskaton residences serve more than 3,500 older adults throughout Northern California.

Seniors are drawn to Carmichael from as far away as the more expensive Bay Area and some were already in the area drawn by military bases abd health care facilities, Murch said.

"In the next two years, the demand for senior facilities will be huge," he said. "Eskaton and others in Carmichael need to see how we can better meet people's needs and stay devoted to our communities."

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