Moving to an urban retirement community with my 6 year old son
I am very excited to start preparing for my second immersion project at the Residences of Thomas Circle in downtown Washington, DC, where I will be joined by my 6 year old son, Asa on Aug 19. My hope is that this experience will further illustrate that these communities are homes to “people” not “older people” or “people with disabilities.” Click here for a great example of this!
In my first immersion experience at Paul Spring Retirement Community in February, I was immediately struck with the benefits of having a younger person living in an environment that is largely segmented by age. When I shared the idea of having my family join me on one of my next moves, many of the residents of the community thought it was a wonderful idea.
Because these projects are short-term moves, I realized the logistics of having both of my kids and my wife with me might compromise the focus of my immersion project. However, making it a father and son experience might be more feasible.
Planning this made me reflect on the potential that communities might offer to single parent households. Having been raised in a single-parent household, I can see tremendous opportunities for parent, child and elders.
I look forward to another experience that can help us all think outside the box!