Wall Street Journal: Kennett Square’s Kendal Corp. Marries Retirement to College Life

Kennett Square-based Kendal Corp. is pioneering the new trend in university-based retirement communities by combining senior living with lifelong learning. Illustration via Sonia Pulido, Wall Street Journal.

A growing trend is bringing people in the prime of their life to settings teeming with life.

The not-for-profit Kendal Corp. of Kennett Square is a leader in creating what’s becoming known as university-based retirement communities — senior living in vibrant, culture-rich college towns, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal by Glenn Ruffenach.

“Residents — who typically live within walking distance or a short drive from a college campus — can audit classes, hear guest lecturers, and attend concerts, plays, and athletic events,” the article stated.

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Kendal has established such university-based retirement communities in eight states, including West Chester’s Barclay Friends and the Kendal-Crosslands Communities of Kennett Square.

But Kendal’s commitment to continuing learning and lifelong growth isn’t ubiquitous among university-based retirement communities.

“Some developments help provide access to classes, campus fitness centers, libraries, special events — the works,” the article explained. “Others simply are situated near a college or university with no particular educational benefits.”

Read more about the burgeoning trend of university-based retirement communities in The Wall Street Journal here.

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