The editor of a local aging quarterly says he’s a member of the “last generation of seniors that is firmly rooted in their communities.” Likewise, many of the elders I talk with were born and raised in their communities. They want to stay in their homes and neighborhoods because that is what is most familiar to them. That is where they belong.

The question is, will new generations be as focused on aging in place, in their communities and homes?

1 Response to “Rootedness?”

  1. 1 Scott Ripple February 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    It is easy to generalize the ubiquity of internet social networks amongst the younger-than-Boomer generations but will they still maintain those types of links, those commmunities,ephemeral as they are, into old age?

    Are they as rooted in a physical, geographic community as their elders or do they, in a way, take their communities with them via the Web?

    Will Facebook or its successor technologies help take the institutional edge off the institutional-green future of “assisted-care” warehouses and children who never visit (the ungrateful wretches)?

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