Many communities today don’t look like they used to, with people of all ages and walks of life commingling regularly. Our company is creating living environments that reunite generations. In one of our apartment communities, we connected a retired schoolteacher with teenagers who wanted to learn French. Through these tutoring sessions, she gained a greater sense of purpose, and the girls, whose grandparents live far away, gained a grandmother-like figure in their lives. Proximity matters when you’re trying to build intergenerational relationships. Find ways to volunteer at retirement communities that are located close enough to commit to visiting regularly. That’s how relationships are built. If a place is too hard to get to and from, the connection just doesn’t happen, and everyone loses.
— Ryan Frederick is the Founder and
CEO of Smart Living 360, a real estate development company focused on well-being.