BOCA RATON, FL –  Due to the bad economy, many young adults are moving into nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

They don’t seem to fit in.   Many of the other residents don’t have iPods or iPhones.   Most don’t go out until four in the morning, listen to Eminem and  watch MTV all day.   But for twenty-somethings who can’t find work and can’t move back home, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are proving to be a viable lifestyle choice.

It’s no longer unusual to find a nursing home resident who is decades younger than his neighbor: About one in seven people now living in such facilities in the U.S. is a young adult in their early 20s.  This growing phenomenon has presented a host of challenges for nursing homes,  but they all seem to be adapting.

Many senior citizens welcome the “lively”  young adults that are moving in.  “We love their energy and enthusiasm,” said Jasper Winegar, “except when they start trying to hit on my gals, then I have a problem with them.”

The number of under-25 nursing home residents has risen about 72 percent in the past year to about 2,003,000, according to an analysis of statistics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services .

The same generational tensions that exist outside nursing homes are inside them as well, and are sometimes exacerbated by the often close confines.

Older residents complain about loud music and visitors, younger residents complain about living with someone with dementia or being served creamed spinach. Many nursing homes try to house younger residents together, though in many cases their small numbers make that difficult.

At Bayshore Health Center in Duluth, Minn., 74 of the 160 residents are in their 20s, all living in private rooms in their own wing.  The staff has found it to be a lot of  “fun” to have the twenty-somethings in their care.

Instead of bingo night, there are poker games and raves. For someone who stays up late watching a movie, breakfast can be served at noon., rather than 7 a.m. Pizza is offered in place of lasagna; Mountain Dew and Coke are poured instead of coffee and tea.

The Obama Administration is funding nursing homes across the country to take care of twenty-somethings who can’t find work.   “This is a great way to stimulate the economy and I’m all for it,”  echoed Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House.

Here’s one of the  new residents at the Manor Acres Living Facility in Bayonne, New Jersey:



SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – Sharks celebrates the new season of Shark Week on the Jersey Shore.

Dun, dun… dun, dun… Shark Week is back on the Discovery Channel!  The channel introduced a live “Shark Cam” at 12:30pm ET today.  A great white shark, anxious to become a reality star, kicked off the week in a big way by going after the cast of Jersey Shore.

Snooki got away from the shark (but not the cops), but The Situation and JWoww were not so lucky. The great white actually came ashore and grabbed The Situation as he was about to put more hair gel on his head.  JWoww was busy telling fans how to be a guidette when the great white snag her.

The Great White, who nicknamed himself The Schmoop, thrashed around with the two Jersey Shore stars in his mouth for  about half-hour, delighting both Discovery fans and MTV fans alike.  He then chewed them both up and spit them out.  Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Italians celebrated the demise of the Jersey Shore stars by setting off fireworks and by giving The Schmoop a GPS locator to help him find DJ Pauly and the rest of the Jersey Shore cast.

The Schmoop, who spoke through a Shark Translator (Fonzi), told fans what the initials G.T.L.T., often used on the show, meant:   Guido Tastes Like Tuna.

Here’s some Shark party supplies if you want to celebrate The Schmoop and Shark Week.

Here’s a Shark Attack Survival Guide: