Boomers Explore Retirement Commune Concept

While some aging boomers plan to live in a communal setting when they retire, they won’t necessarily be seeking out a typical senior living community. 

Communal living settings are gaining popularity among a growing number of baby boomers who have no intentions of aging with the same lifestyles their parents experienced, according to an article from The Boston Globe.

Boomers are no longer fitting the snowbird description as places like Florida and Arizona are losing population for the first time, according to Census data referenced in the article.

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Some look toward enclaves that feature compact homes and communal facilities such as common houses to age in place, while others have chosen co-ops, where a number of adults live together regardless of age, each contributing to the household’s cooking, cleaning and other chores.

Demographics only add to forecasts that the number of commune-like settings for seniors will increase, especially as the age 65-plus population is expected to double to 72 million by 2030.

And while uncertain life events threaten the comforts of aging in place, certain nursing homes have undergone aesthetic makeovers to cater to the preferences of a younger audience.

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Read The Boston Globe article.

Written by Jason Oliva

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