Laura Hahn

Laura Hahn is a gerontologist who writes about intergenerational friendship on her blog, Arthur & Bernie. Arthur is her 90-year-old friend. Bernie was her grandfather, Pop Pop. Here, Laura explores the topics of age-friendly communities, social connection, volunteerism, aging in place, technology, ageism and end of life. Her work has appeared in People, Good Housekeeping and more. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @arthurandbernie.
At 32, I didn’t expect to move into my mom’s basement. I also didn’t expect to miss it so much, now that I’m gone.
Growing up, we got our Christmas trees from Mr. Munro, the man who owned our house before us.
My sister and my grandmother, who I called Dibi.
My grandmother lived with Alzheimer’s disease for years. And for years, my family and I would say things like:
I’m 32 and I live in my mom’s basement.
One of my very best friends died three years ago. He happened to be my grandfather, who was 96 years old. He  was ready. It was time.
There were  yoga classes in California’s Silicon Valley and  line dances in Washington. There were  bocce ball matches in Rochester, N.Y., and  water volleyball games in Mason City, Iowa. But best of all, across the country, there were younger people and older people coming together to participate.
They clutched their binoculars and scribbled notes in their programs. They paced behind the teller windows and snagged seats just before post time. Some spent the day on their own, but most huddled in groups, talking stats, favorites and odds.
Multi-generational family kissing
“What can the very young and the very old offer each other, if given the chance?”
I met Arthur six years ago, thanks to an online ad.
As we pedaled along, it was as if we shared a bike path with the whole city.
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