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Do Fences Really Make Good Neighbours?

Do Fences Really Make Good Neighbours?

By Susan Williams

There is an old saying “fences make good neighbours“.

The thinking behind this phrase is that a fence helps neighbours to respect each other’s boundaries and privacy. Fences are supposed to help people better live on their own property without encroaching on their neighbours space.

But do fences really help communities?

In a creative venture undertaken in Thunder Bay, Ontario called GIANTS (Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay), a number of individuals recorded their digital stories about aging and their neighbourhoods.

In one of these stories, Lynn shared her perspective of growing up and the evolution of fences in her neighbourhood over the years.

As you watch Lynn’s story, you can’t help but wonder whether fences have truly helped build up or break down the feeling of community.

Sadly, loneliness and aging has become a social epidemic. Loneliness has become such a concern that specific campaigns and initiatives are being launched to try and combat the increasing mental and physical health risks associated with it.

In a previous post, we shared a story about a small town in Italy and how well it’s citizens were aging. One of the things that stood out in this village was how well integrated and engaged their elders were within their community.

And it sure didn’t seem like they had many fences there.

Here’s Lynn’s story – what do you think?

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.