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Aging in Place: Niche Retirement

 Vintage Leather Football Helmet

Birds of a feather flock together.
-Proverb

It’s called “Legend’s Landing” an assisted living center for aging Hall of Fame football players. “It’s part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers whose bodies — and possibly brains — have been bruised by the game,” says David Baker, President of the Football Hall of Fame. Social Gerontologist, Ed Rosenberg who studies athletes in transition, thinks the Hall of Fame retirement center has some merit.

He says:The Hall of Fame concept makes sense, and could specialize in treating dementia, from which ballplayers suffer disproportionately. Further he notes: “The people that they’re interacting with would understand what they’ve been through. They would understand what the players’ careers meant to them. They’d have a type of identification that people who haven’t been involved with professional football couldn’t have.”

Aging in a Niche Place

Niche Retirement communities like Legend’s Landing are not a new concept–in fact it’s a Boomer trend. In an article from US News & World Report: Money, titled: Boomers Flock to Niche Retirement Communities, the author describes like-minded communities that bring boomers who share special interest together. Everything from Stargazing, to Give Peace a Chance (for aging hippies). For example Hit the Saddle at The Ridge is a family-owned and operated retirement community at Chukker Creek in Aiken, S.C., it draws retired equestrians from throughout the country. Resting on beautifully wooded and gently rolling plot of land, the community offers sweeping views of horse pastures, a spring-fed pond, and a nature preserve. Boomers can explore the various trails on horseback, then park the beautiful animals in one of the community’s shared barns. Reportedly a single-family homes with land will cost upwards of $219,000.

Home by Choice

What are called “Intentional Communities”  for boomers makes some sense. Boomers like choice and an environment where they can control who they associate with and the kinds of values/ideas that will fill their remaining days. It’s a form of being home by choice–Expect to see a niche retirement community in a city near you soon!
See
LGBT Aging in Place  
WGCU (listen) Legend’s Landing  
 (The first known citation in print of the currently used English version of the phrase appeared in 1599, in The Dictionarie in Spanish and English, which was compiled by the English lexicographer John Minsheu: Birdes of a feather will flocke togither. www.phrases.org.uk)
 
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