2Life Launches OPUS Communities; 500-Plus Attend Raising The Roof Brunch With Fran Lebowitz

BOSTON – 2Life Communities leadership were joined by hundreds of community members at the Marriott Copley Place yesterday, October 27, for Raising the Roof, a community conversation on optimal aging.

The event was emceed by former Staples CEO Shira Goodman, and featured author, journalist, and social observer Fran Lebowitz.

Interviewed by 2Life President and CEO Amy Schectman, Lebowitz’s sharp wit brought the challenges and opportunities of aging into focus for an audience of 500+ supporters of 2Life’s “aging in community” model.

2Life operates the Shillman House in Framingham.

The conversation at Raising the Roof marked the launch of the Aging in Community Collaborative (AiCC).

 2Life launched its new Aging in Community Collaborative, and President/CEO Amy Schectman gave the audience a sneak preview of the organization’s upcoming Opus Communities, which will be accessible to older adults who neither qualify for subsidized housing nor can afford what’s currently on the market.

2Life will foster an ongoing, public dialogue about ways to age affordably and live well.

“Through this collaborative,” said 2Life President/CEO Amy Schectman, “we will encourage widespread community conversations, share the results of
research and experience, and hear what people aspire for as they enter this phase of life. We will go beyond the grounds of our existing campuses to reach across the economic spectrum so that no one is left out.”

Upcoming AiCC events include a presentation on active aging with Joy Loverde, author of Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? and The Complete Eldercare Planner, on November 20; and a talk on December 5 with Marc Freedman, President, CEO, and Founder of Encore.org, which encourages society to tap into the talent and experience of older adults.

Raising the Roof was supported by Visionary Sponsor Dellbrook|JKS and a host of other generous community leaders.

2Life is grateful for their commitment to providing superior housing that is broadly affordable to older adults across Greater Boston.

2Life Communities, a nonprofit organization founded in 1965, operates on the belief that all seniors should have the opportunity to live a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment – a model we call aging in community, which directly combats the growing public health crisis of social isolation and loneliness amongst older adults. At 2Life Communities, residents can step out the doors of their own apartments and find friendship, community, physical and intellectual stimulation, and a helping hand day or night. Serving a diverse population of more than 1,600 older adults, 2Life creates communities with a laser-sharp focus on affordability – a tremendous concern given that Massachusetts is the state with the 2nd largest gap in the U.S. between seniors’ median income and the cost of living.


Report & photos submitted to SOURCE media

(top row, left to right) Evan Winter, Michael Winter, MA Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Joshua Goldberg, Meredith S.G. Winter, 2Life Communities President/CEO Amy Schectman, Fran Lebowitz, 2Life Communities Board Chair Donna Kalikow. (seated, left to right) Avram Goldberg, Carol Goldberg. 
Fran Lebowitz, MA Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, 2Life Communities President/CEO Amy Schectman at 2Life Communities’ Raising the Roof event

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