In a retirement community, residents and staff members interact many times each day. Whether it’s through activities or health care, dining room or outings, residents and staff form bonds that become friendly over the years. These bonds are something that some people not familiar with a retirement community do not understand.
I recently read an article on seniorplanet.org that shows how intriguing and unique an intergenerational relationship can be. It all started with a young Australian woman, Zoe Spawton. Ms. Spawton was spending some time in Berlin, Germany working in a coffee shop. She began to notice an intriguing older man that strolled by her shop every day at the same time. This man is Ali Amca, an 83 year old tailor who worked nearby. Mr. Amca seemed to never wear the same outfit and always had interesting styles. Ms. Spawton began taking photos of Mr. Amca at his permission. From there, their relationship started and they became fast friends.
Ms. Spawton says, “While we cannot speak about profound things, nevertheless, I feel that we are close.” So close that she was invited on an apple picking trip with Mr. Amca and his family recently. To see the images and Mr. Amca in all his perfection, visit this link.
This story is an example of how friendships can happen in unexpected ways and with unexpected people. Young or old, Australian or German, in a retirement community or college – we’re all the same and have the same needs. At Mallard Landing Retirement Community in Salisbury, residents and staff form a strong bond that helps makes the retirement community into a strong and close knit group. For more information on Mallard Landing Retirement Community, call 410-912-1211 or click below.