Seniors want and need to live in a housing community where they have friends and a support group.
Seniors certainly want a home, not a hospital.
Jane Adler, writing for the ChicagoTribune opines, "We’ve finally realized what should have been obvious all along:Elders want the same kind of home as everyone else, or at least something a bitmore like a house than a hospital. New buildings reflect the attitudeadjustment."
A baby boomer nearing retirement age in Dallas, TX, writes, "I grew up in a medium-sized town in the south. Every night that I can remember, I played outside with my friends, even huddling under trees and porches in the rain. Many nights our parents sat outside, too, watching us, but primarily visiting with each other.
"I never felt anything but safe even though we oftenstayed out long after dark playing Murder in the Dark, a kids’ formof hide-and-seek.
"I never lacked for friends, either. I could alwaysknock on doors in the neighborhood and round up someone to accompany me on abike ride or an exploration of the nearest creek or wooded area.
"I lived my adult life in two different suburbanneighborhoods. Each day my husband and I returned from work, exited ourautomobile, and entered our home, occasionally waving to a neighbor. If we wentoutside again before driving to work the next morning, it was to grill dinner inour fenced and very private back yard.
"We did know and visit with some of our neighbors onthe week-end–primarily those who had children who were friends of our children.Occasionally we saw our neighbors briefly at the grocery store or a nearbyrestaurant.
"Any community in our suburban neighborhoodscentered around churches and possibly a few non-profit groups.
"As a widow with grown children, I moved to anapartment. I like the freedom of apartment living but I live in almost completeisolation from my neighbors. After two years here, I don’t really know aneighbor well enough to ask them to follow me to an automobile repair center.
"I see elder or senior cohousing as somewhat of areturn to the neighborhoods of my childhood. Certainly I don’t want tospend my retirement years in a typical urban/suburban apartment, condo, orretirement home."
Janet Kornblum of USA TODAY opines aboutseniors, "The ideais to move into a place where they will spend the rest of their lives, thoughillnesses such as advanced-stage Alzheimer’s could still force them out if atime comes when they can no longer live independently with the help of acaregiver."
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