When the neighbors are all older too

When the neighbors are all older too

Of course, reasons for moving vary. Ms. Cave, 67, moved to Riderwood because “I was the girl who had to take care of my parents from a distance, and I swore I would never do that to my children,” she said .

At first, Ms Cave recalls: “I looked around and saw the walkers and the scooters and I thought, ‘My God, what have I done?’ » » Now, however, she enjoys the community college classes offered on campus, square dancing. and pickleball, shared meals. “The people are so interesting,” she added.

These graduated communities allow residents to be transferred to assisted living, nursing, or memory care units as their health deteriorates. It’s a perk that Carol Holmes Alpern, 81, learned to appreciate after she and her husband, Bowen Alpern, moved to Foulkeways, a Quaker-affiliated nonprofit continuing care community in Gwynedd, Pa. .

A healthy 68 years old when he arrived in 2021, Mr. Alpern was diagnosed with a brain tumor the following year. When his wife could no longer care for him alone, he entered palliative care at Foulkeways Care Centre, a short walk from the couple’s apartment. Having the option of 24-hour help and unlimited visiting hours “probably saved my life,” Ms. Alpern said.

Her husband died last month and now, “I can’t imagine leaving,” she said. The other residents “not only supported us both, but cherished us.”

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Eric D. Eilerman

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