When I work with senior housing property mangers in the Twin Cities area, they all have one thing in common, the average age of the residents is 85 and older! We are living longer and we are waiting longer to move (sometimes, too long). So, where then, are the 55-70 year olds going to want to live when it's time for them to downsize out of their current homes? Why would they want to be segregated from younger communities? Isn't there anything in between?
The answer is Co housing. Have you heard of it? There is one co-housing community in the Twin Cities. In an article featured in Good Age Newspaper, you can read about Monterey in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. I've had the chance to visit with the residents there. It is a intergenerational community where everyone who lives there, participates in the community. It's quite something.
Again, looking through my crystal ball, I suspect our baby boomers are going to create housing options that don't yet exist today. These are some of my hopes for these new options:
1. Our elders are not segregated away from younger members of the community.
2. The possibility of remaining in your home doesn't mean isolation because your neighbors and children have moved away.
3. A community that embraces intergenerational housing where the younger community members watch out for those that are aging.
It seems I'm hoping to return to the times before TV when we had front porches and knew our neighbors.