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Where We Live
Tue July 2, 2013
Coming Together Across the Ages
When Americans get older, two things often happen.
Some are forced into a life where everyone around them is the same age, in an assisted living community when they become reliant on others for their care.
Others choose this life, retirement to the South, in a community of active seniors with no kids allowed.
But what’s the impact of this kind of social isolation from those of other ages? What benefits are they missing?
It used to be that extended families worked and lived together, young and old, raising and caring for each other. It’s still part of the culture in many countries...and China’s even passed a law to make sure it stays that way. Yes, the “Elderly Rights Law” forces children to visit their parents once a year, or face jail time!!!
The threat of prison notwithstanding, there’s also plenty of research showing that relationships between the young and old can benefit us in lots of ways.
They offer elders a new lease on life, sharper mental skills and often, longer lives. Elders pass down perspective that many young people can desperately use.
Today we’re talking about the power of intergenerational relationships.
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