Intergenerational Communities- 

How Senior Living Can Contribute to Healthy Aging 

Senior Living has been shifting heavily towards health and wellness over the years, though there are still more trails to blaze towards a more prevention-focused, community-based approach. By the year 2050, we will see our 65+ population grow from 49 million to a projected 84 million seniors! What are the unique collaborations and partnerships that must come together to make successful senior living communities? Our expert panelists from Belmont Village, Merrill Gardens, and the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging will weigh in on the benefits of co-locating licensed senior housing with non-age-restricted housing in a walkable, urban setting.

Our expert panelists from Belmont Village, Merrill Gardens, and the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging will weigh in on the benefits of co-locating licensed senior housing with non-age-restricted housing in a walkable, urban setting. Attendees will learn about:

  • The scientific research on the wisdom of aging and research supporting the benefits of integrating multiple generations. Hear it straight from Dr. Jeste, who literally wrote the book on the science of Wisdom!
  • The importance of the social environment and the physical environment as essential elements for health, well-being, and the ability of adults to age successfully and contribute to their communities.
  • Examples of successful integration of student and senior populations in a University Based Retirement Community and how each generation can thrive in this partnership.
  • How design and programming can promote intergenerational dynamics.
  • The reasons why intergenerational activities, greater integration and collaboration with the surrounding community, and a lifelong learning environment are essential for healthy aging.


















Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PDT
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About Our Speakers

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California San Diego. He started a Geriatric Psychiatry program from scratch at UC San Diego; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions in the world. His main areas of research include schizophrenia, neuropsychiatric interventions, and successful aging. He has published 725 peer-reviewed articles and 14 books, including his most recent book entitled “Wiser” in November of 2020 which describes evidence-based findings on definition, measurement, and neurobiology of wisdom as well as its relationship with aging, and interventions to promote wisdom. He is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association and American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Jeste is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and was a member of the NIMH Advisory Council and NIH Council of Councils. He was a TEDMED speaker and is Editor-in-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics. He was listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the “world's most cited authors”.

Patricia Will, Founder and CEO of Belmont Village Senior Living

Mrs. Will co- founded Belmont Village Senior Living in 1997 as a fully integrated owner, developer and operator of high quality senior housing  communities. The company is known for built-to-purpose developments, best in class hospitality, first-rate care, and unique partnerships with top universities and institutions. The Company’s $3B Billion real estate portfolio has capacity of over 5,000 units and employs over 3,800 people across eight states and Mexico. The Company ‘s associates consistently vote the Company a Great Place to Work® and place in Fortune’s annual Aging Services industry ranking.

Belmont Village has been a market leader for senior living in California for nearly twenty years.  The Company pioneered inter-generational programming and lifelong learning through two unique university partnerships. In 2009, Belmont Village opened its first university-affiliated community on Wilshire Blvd in Westwood in collaboration with UCLA.  In 2017, the company opened a community in affiliation with UC Berkeley on UCB land about a mile from campus. In addition to its 13 CA operating communities, the Company is currently developing five additional projects in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Mrs. Will currently serves on the Boards of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the UCLA Center for Longevity.  She dedicates considerable resources to JVSLA, a charity that provides job training for the indigent in LA and Orange County through its HealthWorks program.

Mrs. Will alternates between homes in Southern California and Texas, where in 2018 she was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. She earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Reed College, Portland, Oregon.

William (Bill) Pettit, President of Merrill Gardens

Bill Pettit is the president and chief operating officer of the R. D. Merrill Company with responsibility for Merrill Gardens and sister company Pillar Properties. Merrill Gardens is one of the most respected assisted living operators in the country with 70 communities in 20 states.  Pillar Properties is an award-winning developer, owner and operator of multi-family housing with 1,700 units in operation and the developer for all Merrill Gardens new communities.

Pettit joined the R.D. Merrill Company in 1992 after 18 years in the banking industry and he was instrumental in the formation of the companies. He directed the rapid growth and timely execution of acquisitions and developed the policies that speak to the Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties commitment to quality.  Pettit was a 2018 Seattle Business Magazine Executive Excellence Award winner and under his leadership the R.D. Merrill Company was named the 2020 Family Business of the Year for its commitment to residents, team members and community service.

Pettit earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton in 1971 and a M.B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1973.  He was the first Senior Living Executive in Residence for Washington State University.  He serves on the Argentum Board of Directors and he is the past Chairman of the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).

Marissa Feliciano, Business Development Manager of HPI Architecture.

Marissa has over 17 years of experience in marketing and business development for design firms. She is responsible for leading business development and client stewardship for the Senior Living division and establishing a continuous and consistent brand presence for HPI Architecture. Marissa has been invited to speak at industry events and on podcasts on such topics as: Business Development, the Seller-Doer Model, Personal Branding, Career Development, Business Networking and Relationships, Leadership and Strategic Planning. She is passionate about building meaningful relationships, mentorship, lifelong learning, and interdisciplinary approaches to improving our communities. Marissa is also an active member of ULI San Diego/Tijuana where she serves as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), LeadingAge California, California Assisted Living Association (CALA), FIIRE, and Council on SAGE where she serves as Vice President.






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