Grandy is a web service that helps grandparents and grandchildren connect online and provides activities for them to engage in together. You can get one month for free–after that it is $9.99 a month or $49.99 a year. There were no ratings or reviews for this service at the time of this posting, so use your own judgment. A plus of this service is that, for every membership purchased, Grandy connects a youth with a solo elder. To visit the site, click on the following link: https://www.grandy.com/ For information about Grandy’s One for One program, which connects a youth with a solo elder, click on this link: https://www.grandy.com/oneforone
The concept of ibasho—a Japanese term meaning a place where one feels a sense of belonging and purpose, and is accepted as oneself—challenges prevalent perceptions about aging. The Ibasho approach recognizes elders as valuable assets to their community, empowering them to be active participants and changing the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative perceptions and expectations—social isolation, a loss of dignity and respect, and a sense of uselessness and irrelevance. This approach …(creates) a strong informal support system in which elders are the catalyst to strengthen social capital among community members of all ages.
Click on the following link to learn more: https://ibasho.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150318Elders-Leading-the-Way-to-Resilience-Conference-Version.pdf
The Yuimarl series of serviced housing units operated by Community Net Inc. offers affordable, barrier-free residences for agile, healthy elders who don’t require round-the-clock care but are looking for the freedom associated with rental housing along with other perks — community events, health consultations and, perhaps most importantly, monitoring services. With over a dozen facilities in operation and more being planned, the company’s business model appears to be thriving in a nation where 1 in 4 people are over 65 years old.
To read more about these apartments, click on the following link: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/16/national/social-issues/gray-wave-japan-attempts-deal-increasingly-elderly-population/?hootPostID=be3155e12966517f41d351b9850180b6#.XdKcb1dKiUk
New York Post
Common Sense Media
A DC housing development for grandparents raising young children: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/01/22/feature/inside-the-innovative-d-c-housing-development-for-grandfamilies/?utm_term=.3f1fae36bd7c