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There Can Be Community in Senior Life-Care Living

December 3, 2019

Original Article in Wall Street Journal…Read More…

Dec. 2, 2019 5:23 pm ET
Opinions, Letters

Three years ago my husband and I moved to a nonprofit life-care community in Southern California, on the recommendation of my husband’s physician. My husband died five months ago. I am in my late 70s and enjoy living in a community with a pool, gym, a walkable neighborhood, numerous intellectually stimulating activities and a supportive group of friends. I have dinner almost nightly with a fun and entertaining group of people.

“A Once-Hot Bet on Housing for Seniors Is Cooling Off” (Page One, Nov. 13) mentions that people prefer remaining at home near families and friends. For many of us, adult children are scattered around the country. Old friends moved away, and some now face their own challenges of aging. Making new friends as one ages is an empowering and enriching experience. That won’t happen if one is planted on a favorite couch.

For many, a life-care community may not be an option financially, but for any who consider the option, don’t wait. Aging in a life-care community will offer opportunities that technology cannot match.

Jane Schlegel

Altadena, Calif.