The new headquarters of Acts Retirement Life Communities in Fort Washington. 

FORT WASHINGTON -- Acts Retirement-Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organizations, is moving its headquarters to Fort Washington to meet the needs of its organizational growth, the company announced recently.

The newly acquired building is located at 420 Delaware Drive in Fort Washington near the Fort Washington Turnpike entrance. Acts has operated out of its current headquarters at 375 Morris Road in West Point, since 1989.

The 80,000 square-foot office complex was built in 2006 and will serve as the primary base of operations for the company’s 26 senior living campuses located throughout the east coast, including 12 in the greater Philadelphia area.

Acts began transitioning nearly 150 corporate employees from its three Montgomery County area office locations to the new Fort Washington building in early October with completion expected in December.

“The location of our new corporate headquarters in Fort Washington is a significant component of our ongoing growth strategy and takes us back to the same town in which the organization was founded some 48 years ago,” said Gerald T. Grant, Acts president and CEO.

“Bringing our corporate services from various locations in the surrounding area together in Fort Washington will allow us to more efficiently and effectively leverage our resources in service to our residents and Acts’ mission.”

Acts is the largest not-for-profit owner, operator, and developer of continuing care retirement communities in the United States. Acts has grown significantly in recent years and currently serves more than 10,000 seniors in nine states across the east coast with approximately 8,000 staff.

Acts communities include Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale; Fort Washington Estates, Fort Washington; Gwynedd Estates, Ambler; Normandy Farms Estates, Blue Bell;and Spring House Estates, Lower Gwynedd. 

The company’s move to accommodate growth reflects a larger statewide trend in Pennsylvania: its aging population. The state’s elderly population (age 65 and older) has grown at a rate of over 20 times that of the general population, an increase by 16.3 percent from 2010 to 2017, according to 2017 detailed population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau published by the Pennsylvania State Data Center.

“Pennsylvania ranked seventh in the nation for the percent of its population in the 65 years and over age cohort and ninth in the nation for its elderly dependency ratio - over 30 dependent elderly persons for every 100 working age persons - in 2017,” according to the report. “By our projections, there will be 38 elderly dependent persons for every 100 working age persons in Pennsylvania by 2030.”

Given this growing statewide trend, Acts believes it can provide the services to fill a need for senior adults.

“There’s a strong demand for senior housing, not only in Pennsylvania but in other parts of the country,” said Michael Smith, corporate director of communications. “Retirement communities touch about 5 percent of the older adult population, so there is clearly an opportunity for us to expand our mission and bring the Acts lifestyle to more seniors. Our goal is to expand in a steady and disciplined way while maintaining the financial health of the organization.”

The company will continue to investigate opportunities to add new communities either through development or affiliation in order to provide more seniors with a rewarding and secure retirement, he said. “We believe our type of senior housing offers the lifestyle experience, amenities and healthcare security that will continue to appeal to people in their retirement years and we are filling a huge need.”

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