laremont landed on another “best of” listearlier this summer. This time, we werenamed 15th on
“Col-lege Towns: Consider These 16 CommunitiesFor Retirement.” Second-to-last isn’t like win-ning gold, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless.
credits Professor Andrew Carle, direc-tor of the program in assisted living/senior housing adminis-tration at George Mason University, with devising a methodfor judging what he calls the “University-Based RetirementCommunity” model. According to Mr. Carle, successful re-tirement communities exhibit 5 key factors. They are:1. Proximity to the colleges.2. A formal program linking a retirement facility with its af-filiated college is crucial. Mr. Carle describes the inverse sit-uation, what he calls the “stranger on campus scenario,” whereseniors are invited on campus, but the interaction between stu-dents and retirees is limited.3. A documented financial relationship between the univer-sity and the senior housing provider should be well-estab-lished, thereby creating an investment beyond social events.This, he says, creates an incentive to interact.4. A documented percentage of community residents with“real ties” to the college is another vital point. Mr. Carle be-lieves former deans, professors and alumni should maintaininvolvement after retirement, adding “a sense of connected-ness with the university” and community.5. Retirees should look for a full continuum of independentand assisted living, so they don’t have to uproot themselveswhen they grow frailer and need more assistance.
, in its recommendation, states that Clare-mont offers extensive senior services including the ClaremontAvenues for Lifelong Learning program, which allows resi-dents aged 60 and over to auditclasses at the Claremont Colleges forfree. He goes on to note, “And thatsunny California climate isn’t bad ei-ther.”The top 10 lists online seem end-less. The Princeton Review namedthe top 10 “College Towns Not SoGreat” in January of this year. Gladwe didn’t make that list. Then there’sPlayboy’s Top Party Schools, the 8Least Sexually Healthy Colleges andthe Best Colleges for “Bros” (Duke University holds top hon-ors in this category. If you’re uncertain as to what constitutesa “bro,” please visit www.urbandictionary.com).When you live here long enough, you learn to ignore thecomplications of living in a college town—pedestrians whodon’t look before crossing, the Village rental next door withendless summer parties—and instead focus on the greater ben-efits of college-town life.Like college-aged sons and daughters who come home forthe summer—you sure do love them but it’s awfully nice whenthey head back, taking with them their laundry, late-nightschedules and requests for cash.The calm of a Claremont summer is refreshing, drawing eventhe most private of townies outdoors to enjoy an evening stroll.So as summer winds down, take a moment to relish the memoryof short lines at Some Crust and that uninterrupted drive acrossSixth Street because the kids are home. All 7000 of them.
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