Young and old are next door in NJ communities

It's not uncommon to see a new mother walking down the sidewalk with a stroller full of children in Lakewood, New Jersey, one of the fastest-growing towns in the entire state, according to The Asbury Park Press. Just like it's no surprise to see an enormous softball team of players age 65 and over competing against one another in Manchester township. 

It is a strange contrast. On one hand, Lakewood is the town with the highest percentage of residents under the age of 5 in New Jersey, while the median age of Manchester is 65.1.

Young and old are next door in NJ communities In part, Manchester's aged populace is due to the propensity of local retirement homes. There are 16 senior living communities in the area. Lakewood itself also has a high percentage of older adults, with 21 percent of the population aged 65 and over.

Ceil Rubino, 72, has lived in Manchester with his wife since 1994. He regularly plays softball for Crestwood Village's league, competing against other communities in the area.

Those who are looking at retirement living options may want to start with an internet search. This can be an easy way to compare the different housing areas available, as well as look at different prices and amenities.  

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