In their recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities shared a number of examples of cities and towns that co-located facilities to save costs and encourage inter-generational activity.
Among the examples is a co-located high school and senior center in the town of Swampscott, Mass.
As the newsletter article explains, the number of older adults is about equal to the number of homes with school-age children in Swampscott. Rather than compete for town funds, the high school and the senior center joined forces. The piece goes into how it happened, what it took to overcome barriers and create what has turned into a model for municipal efficiency and inter-generational opportunities.
See other highlighted examples from AARP’s newsletter of shared use facilities from other spots across the country.