Lost In Leisureville

The number of retirement communities is growing rapidly. Author Andrew D. Blechman warns about the social cost of age-segregation.

"an increasing number of Americans are choosing to live in age-segregated "leisurevilles"...more than 12 million Americans in the next decade or so will live in communities that forbid young families...Hundreds of [retirement] communities are breaking ground each year..."

"the Villages in Florida, the world's largest retirement community [is] nearly twice the size of Manhattan and will have a peak population of 110,000."

Age segregation only reinforces negative stereotypes, leads to a willful forgetting of commonalities and encourages our less charitable instincts.

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