Intergenerational Communities

By February 19, 2019Uncategorized

“I don’t want to live with a bunch of old people”. How often have we heard that? As we Baby Boomers begin to approach an age where we might be contemplating a move, we’ll probably hear it more and more as the notion of only living with other older adults is becoming less inviting. Intergenerational communities are becoming a hot topic as evidenced, for example, by the December/January issue of Seniors Housing Business in which the last article is called “Mixing it Up is the Future of Senior Living”. Among other things, the authors, Diane Dooley and Phillipe Saad, refer to mixed use communities as a great place for intergenerational housing. In fact, we are seeing an increasing number of apartment buildings where amenities include common living areas like a gym, party room and library and seniors who are downsizing and living with a variety of ages. Living in the city, addressed in my last blog, is by definition intergenerational. As we age and are able, we will continue to make a contribution to the community around us, whether as a volunteer or a part or full time employee. We’re not finished and inspirations for what might be next can definitely arise from living in a community that enjoys a mixed age population.