Retirees turn to communal living in NY
Jim Fitzgerald / AP
Joanne Karp, left, a resident at the Fellowship Community adult home in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., leads a music lesson with aide Chela Crane on Jan. 31, 2013. Residents at the home are encouraged to contribute their talents to the community.
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. – At the Fellowship Community’s adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks.
It’s a home for the elderly in a commune-like setting — 30 miles from Manhattan — that takes an unusual approach, integrating seniors into the broader community and encouraging them to contribute to its welfare.