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Monday, June 26, 2006

Communal living for boomers

"The technical term for Pine Grove is an "intentional community," which is any type of living situation created to foster connections among residents. Elinor Ginzler, AARP's director of livable communities, says they're becoming more popular among adults over 55. Most intentional communities are tightly packed neighborhoods with small, personal dwellings, shared kitchens or gardens, and lots of room for group activities. But Ginzler suspects that other arrangements, such as Pine Grove, will become more common as baby boomers age."

The Fowlers were careful to preserve as much history as possible, choosing wallpaper and furniture that echo the farm's 19th-century architecture. The kitchen sink is soapstone, and the dining room is stocked with vintage china. The land behind the building is flat and gets plenty of sun. "We're hoping people will garden, plant vegetables, maybe an apple tree or something," said Steve Fowler, 58."

Dorm Life for Seniors
Concord Monitor
Concord, New Hampshire

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