An intergenerational housing program in Oregon has tapped funding from several sources to offer both seniors and young families a helping hand.
Seniors living in the development’s reduced-rent apartments volunteer about 10 hours a week with their “adoptive families,” caring for kids and providing homework help, music lessons and other types of help. It’s a close-knot community where the generations support one another.
“People who live in an apartment complex with a bunch of older people kind of wither away,” says one senior resident. “Connections across the generations is critical for aging well.”