Martha Baron likes to play in the dirt. And a resident at the age of 79-year-old from Washington,
all it takes is a walk about half a block from her condominium community garden Newark Street.
Three times a week during the growing season, Ms. Baron visits plots of the organic garden,
where they tend to gladiolas, peonies, zinnias, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini and lots of basil.
“It’s a great place to meet other people of all ages from all different walks of life with similar interests,
and it gives me a purpose,” Ms. Baron said.
Such opportunities help make Washington an ideal place to grow older.
Ten years ago, after her husband’s death, Mrs. Barron moved to the city from Long Island to be near her children and grandchildren have grown. But it was rough adjustment.
“I found it very difficult, as an adult age and one woman is not interested in its history, to make friends,” he said.
In the past five years, this has changed. It acceded to the park and also became a member of the Cleveland Woodley Park Village, an organization of volunteers that provides services such as shopping trips and transportation to doctor appointments and planning social games for the elderly.
Like Ms. Baron, according to a report issued by the Association 87 percent of adults 65 and older want to stay in their homes and community as they age.
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