Once upon a time, retirement communities were built around amenities like golf courses and recreation centers with pools and tennis courts. Social life revolved around the country club or racquet club or other popular activities like boating and gardening.
Today’s active-adult communities o;er that and so much more. Baby Boomers still play golf and tennis (or, increasingly, pickeball), but we also like
some diversity in the things we do and the connections we make. What may
have begun coincidentally in some places—“You collect stamps, too?”—has
become a proliferation of “interest clubs” that are changing the dynamics of
community social life.
Large planned communities can have 100 or more active clubs, but every
community these days has dozens of groups where you can share your writing, learn to play an instrument or sculpt a vase, enjoy sports and games from
kayaking to keno, and give something back by tutoring a student or helping
the needy. The bonuses are new social networks created and a quality of life
The Club Life
Social Networks That
Can’t Be Hacked
by JG Walker