Andrew Fisher Senior living Director of Business Development

Throughout the majority of his career, Andrew has operated Senior Living communities.

During 22 years of experience, he has either had direct responsibility for the operations of, or supervision over, 14 Senior Living communities in five different states. The inspiration for this career came while in college when Andrew had the opportunity to help a full continuum retirement community develop and implement a transportation program. In addition to driving the bus, he worked every position in dining services and refurbished apartments for the maintenance department. He has actively pursued roles within his organizations that added to his knowledge of the senior industry – from operations to group purchasing and even development.

Andrew Fisher
"As 10,000 boomers are retiring every day between now and 2030, the demographics support a growing demand for senior living environments, creating opportunities for expansion and new development."

Andrew has noticed some changing trends in senior living communities. New types of senior housing options are emerging as providers focus on providing choice, flexibility, community engagement, and encourage a variety of lifestyles. The Weitz Company has seen a significant increase in space dedicated to resident engagement areas throughout communities. Residents experience culinary expertise in the multiple dining venues that have emerged-offering formal and casual settings such as coffee shops, cafes, and “Grab and Go” selections. Healthy eating options are increasingly a focus and menus can be designed specifically to ones’ nutritional needs. The former pool and gym spaces have now morphed into wellness suites offering state of the art equipment; lap and therapy pools; spas with massage, manicures and pedicures; yoga and meditation classes; and juice bars.

"The New senior living communities are designed to support residents through all dimensions of whole-person wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, occupational, spiritual, social and financial."

Some communities have started a new building type and are calling them centers for healthy living (CHL). Some models are open to the public promoting an opportunity for intergenerational interactions. Multi-purpose rooms are being transformed into performing arts centers with special focus given to lighting and sound technology. These spaces are perfect for life-long learning programs on a variety of educational topics or plays and concerts by local and traveling performers alike.

Andrew's Family- wife Kathleen and sons Collin, Brenden and Aidan

When Andrew's not working he enjoys competing in Triathalon's with his wife, watching his three sons play sports and traveling with his family.

Andrew and his wife started competing in Triathlons eight years ago. This insane hobby has branched into other pursuits such as half and full marathons, half and full Ironman races, and a few cross country runs held at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa. They try to schedule at least three events a year to achieve, so outside of work, Andrew spends a lot of time training. In addition, Andrew enjoys watching his boys compete in swimming, baseball and show choir competitions.

Andrew and Kathleen after running a marathon

Andrew's family enjoys traveling. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a favorite destination for the Fisher family. Their long-distance road trips have taken them to The Arches, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons at Jackson Hole, Old Faithful, Lake Louise, Canada; and Victoria on Vancouver Island. With baseball games, swim meets, robotics competitions and show choir competitions – they seldom sit still!

Andrew enjoys watching his sons play baseball

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