Should Older Americans Live Separately From the Young?

September 30, 2015

It’s not very easy to find communities where the older and younger populations live side by side, The Huffington Post reports. Is this residential segregation by age a good or bad thing?

“Those advocates who bemoan the inadequate social connections between our older and younger generations view these residential concentrations as landscapes of despair,” writes Stephen M. Golant, an environmental gerontologist and socil geographer from the University of Florida.

“But why should we expect older people to live among younger generations? Over the course of our lives, we typically gravitate to others who are at similar stages in life as ourselves.”

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