Rethinking Retirement Homes

4 thoughts on “Rethinking Retirement Homes”

  1. I like this idea. Remember the college student last fall who inadvertently rented in a retirement complex? However, I can see this being fearful for a lot of older folks, especially those who’ve never interacted outside of their socio-economic group.

    That said, I’d like to see this idea of mixed mini-communities happen.

    • Interestingly, Marty, Denmark has had arrangements between seniors and college students for years where the college student gets rent reduction in exchange for helping with chores and such.

      The nice thing about my idea s that nobody has to live in such a community. It’s for people who want to and can live independently. This concept is for adventurous, growth-minded people. There’s a place for everyone, and hopefully, everyone finds their kind of place.

      Stay tuned. I’m hoping it happens too. I’ve got lots of fun ideas like this. 🙂

  2. Six years ago I decided that living alone in a single family dwelling where the only close neighbors were young people, who I rarely saw more than once a week, needed to change.. They have busy lives and although we are good friends I couldn’t be sure anyone would know if I fell and was incapacitated for days. That did happen to an elderly relative of mine.
    I chose to move to an independent living senior facility (I’m now 86). We normally have a lot of activities here, both exercise programs and entertainment. I visited several facilities in the Portland, OR area before deciding this one was the best fit. .

    • Marjorie, I agree that living alone isn’t ideal. We do as a society tend to live busy lives and it’s harder to make meaningful connections with neighbors. I’m glad you found an independent living senior facility you enjoy.

      It’s my experience that in any community, it takes effort to make and keep connections with the people. At your senior community, there are staff who create the social connection opportunities for you. You and your neighbors in your previous community would have had to make that effort to get together. That’s not a fit for everyone.

      My aunt had an arrangement with her neighbors that if they didn’t see her kitchen blind pulled up by 10am to check on her. That agreement saved her several times. I have another friend who has a band that measures jarring movement so if he falls it first asks him if he’s ok and if he doesn’t answer it calls someone.

      I’d like to point out there’s a huge gap between living in a single-family home in a neighborhood filled with young people and an independent living senior facility. That gap is what I’m encouraging people to think about. We shouldn’t be alone. Connection is part of what keeps us young, healthy, and alive. I’m glad you found your answer. I hope this article will inspire people to think of lots of other possibilities for themselves.

      Thanks for chiming in, Marjorie!


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