"In the next two decades individuals aged 65 and older will come to represent one of every five U.S. citizens and, more importantly, control more than half of all discretionary income. Their demographic and economic influence will extend to the farthest reaches of American society – from entertainment, to travel, food, retail, technology, and housing. By force of sheer volume, the young adults who in 1968 thought they would change the world, by 2028 actually will."
Andrew Carle is an award winning professor and Executive-in-Residence and Founding Director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The program offers the first curricula in the nation dedicated exclusively to the rapidly growing senior housing field. Mr. Carle brings nearly 30 years executive level experience to the program, including serving as a founding executive for a national Top 10 senior housing provider, for whom he developed both first generation operating systems and first-in-industry ancillary service programs. Prior to senior housing Mr. Carle served as a hospital CEO, COO, and Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing for vertically-integrated healthcare systems.
In addition to the Mason program, Mr. Carle has received national and international recognition for identifying and defining a new category of senior housing – University Based Retirement Communities (UBRC's)™, as well as a definition and categories for "Nana" Technology™ (technologies for older adults). As part of his work in technology, he assisted in the development of the first GPS shoe for individuals with Alzheimer's at risk of wandering. In 2012 the shoes were included in an exhibition of the "100 Most Important Inventions in History" by the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Mr. Carle's work has been featured or cited in or on CBS News, CNN, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and U.S. News & World Report, among others; internationally in Agence France-Presse, KYODO News Service, the Australian Broadcast Corporation; and in more than 200 senior housing and aging services industry publications.
Mr. Carle has published numerous articles and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of senior housing operations, marketing, and related topics, including providing the keynote address at the 25th Australian Congress on Aging. His book, "Moments, Memories, and Mission: Stories from the Field of Assisted Living", received a Silver Award during the 15th Annual National Mature Market Media competition. He is the recipient of a "Best of the Best in Aging Services" Award from Aging News Alert, the "Leaders in Aging – Mentor Award" from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and "Senior Faculty - Master Teacher Award" from the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services. In 2010, Mr. Carle was recognized by Assisted Living Executive magazine as one of six "people of influence" for the senior living industry.
Mr. Carle continues to serve as a consultant to the senior housing industry, universities, and technology companies, with past and current clients including AARP, APPLE, Nintendo, and the Assisted Living Federation of America, among others.
- M.H.S.A., Acute and Long Term Care, The George Washington University, 1985
- B.S./B.A., Marketing, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981
- New York State Regents Scholarship, 1977-1981