03/19/2012 09:20 am ET Updated May 19, 2012

The New Retirement Resorts

Instead of moving his mother into an assisted-living apartment three years ago, Eli Portnoy rented condos for both of them, two floors apart, at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Fla.

His mother received many of the same services and amenities that would have come with an assisted-living facility -- on-site doctors, healthy meals, a gym and all kinds of wellness classes -- but in a far more appealing setting.

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