Based on daily observations, there is no doubt that “community” becomes more essential the older we get. People going through the same or similar experiences need others even more. That is why I make the case that aging people are better off living with other aging people than their own families.
Family may be loving but rarely are any in the family pure caregivers. Professional caregivers are trained and, here, as well as in some areas, are required to undergo continuing education. Family history and memories do not exist, so there are no hidden agendas or strings of the past that pull and influence behavior.
Living with people our approximate age makes for interesting dialogue. Many are well-educated, and some have been leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs. The majority are women living alone; only about a fifth of the residents are couples. And with the wonderful help of management, the “community” has formed and is felt and recognized by the majority. Community, as I think it ought to be, is not as common as many believe. It needs to be a group of people of similar ages and needs. Our community meets our needs in so many important ways.