April 26, 2013

The April 23 front-page article A retirement mecca, just outside the Beltway ” offered a glimpse into a growing trend: age-segregated living. While such living arrangements appear positive , they have a downside, too . People in age-segregated communities are less apt to invest in younger generations. As the article noted, some residents of active communities “don’t have much interest in education .”

How unfortunate. The well-being of these communities ultimately relies on the economic and social health of the region. As residents of active communities age, they will join the ranks of the “old old,” who must depend on others to provide care and security. The caretakers of the future are the young people who now fill our schools. If we skimp on their education now, we jeopardize our own future well-being.

The healthiest communities are ones that are good to grow up and grow old in.

Donna Butts, Washington

The writer is executive director of Generations United.