Bob Larkin was one of the original founders of the assisted living industry in Massachusetts, having developed and opened one of the first assisted living communities in the state in 1994. The industry has grown exponentially since then, and throughout the years Bob has been at the forefront of many of the issues facing the industry, from strongly advocating for a residential vs medical model of assisted living to working with state officials to develop financial programs that serve seniors of all income levels.
In his personal life Bob has dealt with the disease that impacts so many of his customers in his communities. Several of his closest family members have struggled with and died of Alzheimer’s disease. He has seen first-hand the impact this disease has on individuals as well as all those who love them. His compassion for others dealing with Alzheimer’s led his company, Senior Living Residences, to launch a Dementia Friendly Initiative to combat the stigma of Alzheimer’s and teach people how to effectively support and communicate with those living with dementia.