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Old folks and young folks

Blogging here hasn't been the top priority lately, as you can tell. I've been busy with end-of-semester work and with interviewing for residency programs. I'll be able to blog more regularly after about another week or so.

Even though I'm busy, I must point you to this article from the LA Times about day-care centers that care for children and the elderly both. It's pretty amazing that something like this would warrant a big newspaper article at all, but we've been sequestering people by age for quite a while now. A lot of us have forgotten what old people can do for the young, and vice-versa.

When I worked on an ambulance, we would often get called to these huge assisted-living complexes which felt to me like warehouses for old people. Those places were predictably depressing. I suppose we do it because it's more efficient, but it sure as hell isn't very joyous. The same thing is true, I suppose, of other communities segregated by age. Like, say, the neighborhood where I live in Ann Arbor. Everyone here's a young adult, so it's a more hoppin' place than some of those big retirement communities in Denver were. Even so, I think it'd be nice if we had a few more retirees living among us. For one thing, the neighborhood would almost certainly look less dumpy.

Anyway, the article made me smile, and I hope you'll take the time to read it.

Comments

I think that would be great!

I'm a fan of daycare, at least for part of the day. It's been a very good experience for Nathaniel, and I think it would only be better if he had regular interaction with the elderly.

Day care and senior care in one building. Well, it certainly makes sense from a practical standpoint. As far as more retirees living in Ann Arbor, it would just cause more problems for both students and seniors.
There were many retirees living in Williamstown. However, the situation there differed in that Williams is almost exclusively a residential college, so few students lived "in town." secondly, most of the Williamstown retirees were alumni, so they had a great deal of appreciation for the school.
here in Ann Arbor, the intermingling of students and seniors would lead to major conflicts between the very understandable need of (most) students to, well, be college students and the very understandable need of (most) seniors for some peace and quiet. While more retirees make the neighborhoods, as you put it, less "dumpy," it would also lead to even more ridiculous rents and even more draconian laws regarding parking, etc.
We already have to put up with the yuppie element in Ann Arbor (see www.annarborisoverrated.com) who believe that this wonderful college town would be just perfect if not for those pesky students. An influx of retirees would likely bring more of the same. Let the retirees stay in Miami Beach and live among their own cohort, unless of course they're willing to put up with a little noise. Let the yuppies stay in bland suburbia.
Carey, if you want to live in a "less dumpy" neighborhood, shell out a few more bucks and live somewhere else, a little further from campus. You would be paying the higher rent anyway if there were more senior citizens here.

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