|Published October 12, 2017.|
Based on extensive personal and professional experience, Carella eventually established the Scandinavian Living Center (SLC) in Newton, Massachusetts
He drew on his experience growing up in a tight-knit neighborhood in the Greater Boston area, his experience being admitted into a geriatric ward when he was a high school student, and his experience visiting several autonomous, community-based housing in Scandinavia.
Since opening its doors in 2001, the SLC has become a crossroads for inter-generational connectivity.
More than 2,000 people per month--not counting friends and family members of residents--come to the site to participate in an array of activities.
More than 25 nonprofit organizations and clubs use the spacious common areas for meetings, projects, performances, and presentations. Yes, there are 40 apartments at the SLC; however, about half of the building space is dedicated to common areas.
Carella expresses particular delight when the "walls" between residents and visitors dissolve during community events. As Carella told the Leading Age: "I love it when [visitors] come for an event and don't have any idea this is an assisted living community."
How has Carella served as a catalyst for this integration of ages, abilities, and interests?
Reading Creating Unlimited Options for Aging: The Path Forward (October 12, 2017) provides a lot of great detail.