Programs That Help Seniors and Children

Intergenerational residential communities can help seniors feel more productive and give children a strong sense of guidance.

In 2011, Laura Seeton received a call that upended her life, soon after graduating college at age 32. Her older sister, who had a drug addiction, had walked out on her children. The kids, ages 4, 5 and 9, spent six months in foster care while Seeton waited for her foster-parent certification. For three years, they lived in her two-bedroom home. “It was isolating and hard because I didn’t have support and felt that I couldn’t reach out to people,” says Seeton, now 35.

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Sally Abrahms
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Sally Abrahms is an award-winning journalist and expert on baby boomers and seniors. She has published in the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, AARP, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today and others. Sally is the author of two books, and recently contributed a chapter on housing to Not Your Mother's Retirement. For more about Sally, go to