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Senior Living in America: The Golden Years Without the Golden Rule?

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November 1, 2018

By: Lathan Watts, First Liberty Institute’s Director of Community Relations.

Senior living facilities have become the setting for new battles over religious liberty.

Unfortunately, a growing hostility to faith has found its way into some of these communities.

According to Forbes, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day. This exponential growth in seniors will provide ample opportunity to evaluate how our nation treats senior citizens.

Retiring Baby Boomers affect many sectors of the economy, such as the housing market. Many retirees choose to transition out of traditional homeownership into planned communities designed for retirement living. These developments range from condominiums and apartments to townhomes, but all with similar goals to cater to the needs and wants of an older population. Many include common areas and meeting rooms intended to provide residents with a convenient place to interact with family, friends, and neighbors.

Regrettably, these common rooms have become places of conflict. Ken Hauge and Donna Dunbar are two retirees who live in retirement communities separated by many miles—Ken lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Donna in Port Charlotte, Florida—but linked by similar disturbing circumstances.

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