A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON AN AGING INDUSTRY
Meredith with her grandmother, daughter and mother, 2013.
Meredith Oppenheim is a senior housing specialist with national and international expertise encompassing all property types and spanning the full lifecycle of a deal from pre-development to disposition. Oppenheim serves as an advisor to technology companies, residential developers, investment firms, and government entities. She has also served as an expert witness on behalf of a senior housing owner and operator.
Oppenheim is a member of the Cornell Institute of Healthy Futures, an organization which seeks to promote innovation by applying hospitality principles to healthcare. Spring 2019 she completed a study of people 60 – 80 years of age in collaboration with Cornell students, which has shaped her new venture Vitality Society™ for people 60 and better to be at their best.
During her nearly 20 years in the senior housing industry, Oppenheim worked for leading owners and operators such as Sunrise Senior Living and Marriott International. At Ventas, one of the largest healthcare REITs, she managed the Northeast operating portfolio of over 50 Atria Senior Living and Sunrise Senior Living communities, consistently exceeding budgeted expectations.
She was nominated to serve on the National Investment Center (NIC) Future Leaders’ Council and led the organization during its inaugural year. In 2009, she was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg’s Age-Friendly NYC Commission and served a 5-year term as a board member of the not-for-profit arm of the NYC Department for the Aging. During high school Oppenheim received a US Congressional Award for her commitment to improving the lives of seniors and authoring a healthy cookbook for seniors.
She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Cornell University.
Custom design projects to satisfy each client's timeline, goals and budget. Project formats have included: 1 hour Q&A sessions, 1/2 - full day workshops and 3 - 24 month assignments.
Company projects are designed to:
Derisk and optimize entry into senior housing with the right product, program, and partners.
Improve tech company sales by determining and conveying ROI to senior housing operators.
Use proprietary tools to evaluate operations and opportunities to make strategic recommendations.
Defend practices and operations from a business perspective in a legal context.
Advise technology companies, residential developers, investment firms, and senior housing owners/operators.
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Government projects have included, but are not limited to defining or improving standards of senior services and housing for the following:
Philippines government and national association of real estate developers
Mayor Bloomberg’s Age-Friendly NYC Commission
NYC Department for the Aging not-for-profit entity
Providence, RI Economic Development
Advise government officials and organizations to better understand and accommodate the growing needs of their senior constituents.
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The families served benefit from:
Having a strategy and roadmap to manage challenging caregiver responsibilities.
Learning the senior housing options that exist in a market and how they differ.
Assessing if a community is optimal for current and evolving needs.
Supporting families in making a community decision and once a decision has been made.
Advise families who are considering senior housing for their loved ones given the range of options and questions is often daunting.
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"Meredith has the distinct ability to quickly understand challenges, as well as provide insightful guidance and helpful roadmaps. She executed a customer survey and field study to validate and substantiate her strategic recommendations. The multi-dimensional scorecard she presented to the board allowed us to fully understand the critical items and tradeoffs in our decision making. Because of her hard-work and contribution, we are on a higher-growth trajectory. I am thrilled one of our board members introduced her to collaborate with our team."
Lisa Taylor, CEO, It's Never 2 Late (iN2L)
Current senior housing trends and metrics suggest there is an immediate and significant need to focus on innovation. The time is now for the senior housing industry and other industries that want to serve older people to do better and more than the status quo. Learn how to evolve and improve to gain greater customer satisfaction and market share.
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