Updated : Sep 27, 2019 in Articles

A Retirement Home for Young and Old


– [Tiffany] This is my friend
Laura, and she’s 80 years old. – [Laura] And this is my
friend Tiffany, and she is 26. – [Tiffany] And we live
in a retirement community. (upbeat violin music) I’m a part of of the
Artist-in-Residence program at Judson Manor, which is a residential program where young musicians get to live here rent-free in exchange for performing
recitals and concerts. When I tell people I live
in a retirement community, I get a lot of mixed reactions. Some people don’t believe me, other people think it’s a wonderful idea. – I had not been a part of
this community more than two days I was in the lobby and
they told me about Tiffany, and I walked over and introduced myself, and I said, “Do you like dogs?” Oh, she loves dogs. And Tiffany and I became friends, we just formed a friendship. We’ll talk about art,
we talk about clothes. I don’t wear fashionable shoes anymore, but Tiffany does, and we talk about shoes. – Laura, to me, is like a grandma, and also a friend, and a confidante. I don’t think the age difference is something that I am
constantly thinking about, or that I’m aware of. You don’t think, oh,
I’m having dinner with this 100-year-old and this 90-year old, I’m having dinner with my
friend Laura and Sarah. In a way it is almost like
being in a college dorm with the fact that there
are so many people here from different places,
from different backgrounds. It might be a little bit quieter than a normal college dorm, but I think we still
have just as much fun. (gentle piano music)

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