By BUILDER Magazine Staff. The first boomers--3.2 million--turned 55 in 2001. In the next five years, 18 million more will turn 55.

"The boomer generation has rewritten the book on housing," says Antonio Giordano Jr., chairman of the NAHB Seniors Housing Council and a home builder from Providence, R.I. "As their story unfolds, one thing is certain: boomers' expectations about their housing needs are different from any generation before them. Home buyers in the 55-plus age group are healthier and wealthier than ever, and they expect their housing choices to reflect their active, independent lifestyles."

"Building for Boomers and Beyond: Redefining Youth, Redesigning Housing" will be the focus of the 2002 Seniors Housing Symposium. Presented by the NAHB's Seniors Housing Council, the event will take place May 1-3 at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites and Villas in Orlando, Fla.

To register or for more information, call 800-368-5242, ext. 8474 or visit