But everyone was, in short, old. And all the inhabitants seemed to live in exile, far from what their life had been.
In contrast, intergenerational housing – a development that does everything possible to blend the old and the young – is increasingly seen as healthier, both physically and psychologically. While we’ve heard a lot lately about huge recreation-oriented communities like the Villages of Florida, inhabited exclusively by people 55 and older, the vast majority of American seniors live in the most intergenerational places. : cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Why is housing designed to help the elderly to remain mixed-sex become a priority? Two words: baby boomers. Currently, there are 73 million of us, all born between 1946 and 1964. According to the Census Bureau, about 10,000 members of this group are 65 every day, “and by 2030 all baby boomers will be at least 65 years old.” . As with all other aspects of society, baby boomers seem destined to transform the world of aging. At least I hope we are. And we’re going to get help from Gen X soon, as the tip of this cohort is now 55 years old.
“You’re not the only one,” AJ Viola, an entrepreneur working on a new approach to senior housing, assured me when I shared my memories of visiting my mother-in-law. “Every person we spoke to… I feel like the verbiage is, ‘I’d rather die’. How many times have people told us that?
A few years ago Mr Viola, 37, who was COO of D-Rev, a Silicon Valley company that made affordable medical devices, teamed up with Zachary Hollander, 38, a former from Google, to design a different model of life. This was to be informed by the spirit of endless reinvention of technology and the observation that their parents were nothing like their grandparents or great-grandparents.