AgeLab researchers Julie Miller and Adam Felts gave a presentation on retirement at the Roslyn Apartments, a public housing complex in Roslindale, MA. They were joined by Caroline Collins-Pisano, an intern at the AgeLab and a student at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Roslyn offers subsidized housing to low- and moderate-income older adults and persons with disabilities. Mr. Felts and Ms. Miller spoke to English and Spanish-speaking residents about changing demographics and different modern paths into and through retirement.
The researchers asked the participating residents to share how they transitioned into retirement, and what aspects of their daily lives in retirement they found the most meaningful. The residents were asked about what they thought they needed in order to thrive in older age. Opportunities to interact with neighbors, worship and prayer, volunteer roles, convenient transportation options, and access to health services were commonly mentioned -- similar to findings gleaned from the AgeLab's regular meetings of the 85+ Lifestyle Leaders panel.