Old and the restless clash in retirement

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:24 AM EST

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Residents from left to right, Betty Cable, Inge Berliner, and Doris Bebb, dine in the formal dining room at San Francisco Towers retirement community in San Francisco, Calif. Friday night, Feb. 9, 2007. As residences designed for a generation that came of age during the Great Depression make way for one that entered adulthood amid postwar prosperity, more and more retirement communities are experiencing culture clashes. Often, squabbles arise when administrators propose raising monthly fees to pay for the spa cuisine, wellness classes and computer-ready apartments demanded by comparatively spry 70-year-olds. (AP Photo/Erin Lubin)At retirement communities nationwide, a rift has opened up between the 90-year-olds and the comparatively spry 70-year-olds, between the generation that came of age during the Depression and the one that reached adulthood amid postwar prosperity. They are clashing over such things as dress codes, the food and the conversion of tearooms into coffee bars.


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