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Why 2Life?

Everyone deserves a home. We create affordable communities where older adults of all backgrounds can live and thrive.

Median household income: $10,100 per year

Our subsidized apartments are deeply affordable, with extensive supportive programs and services.

Independent, but not alone

Live in your own private apartment, with highly professional staff, friendly neighbors, and endless activities just outside your door.

To your health - l’chaim!

L’chaim” means “to life,” and no matter your background, we’re committed to helping you live your life to the fullest, with meaning and joy.

There are more people over the age of 65 in this country than ever before. But aging well can only happen in community with a home you can afford. We make it possible for older adults with limited resources to live independently in their own apartments while aging in community, surrounded by friends, opportunities, and supportive services that are available if needed.

2Life communities are diverse, with residents from thirty countries. Members of our staff speak many of the primary languages represented, including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian, and we’ll to get to know you personally to make sure you are achieving your goals.

Everything we do at 2Life is designed to help you live a life of purpose and connection at a price you can afford. Here are just a few examples:

  • Trained staff including Resident Service Coordinators/social workers, fitness instructors, activity planners, maintenance crews, and more.

  • 24/7 pull cord response, with on-site staff who can be at your side in moments in case of emergency.

  • Private, fully equipped apartments that can be adapted to meet your changing needs as you age.

  • A robust Fitness and Wellness program offering a wide variety of recreational and therapeutic classes, including physical training to prevent falls and lessen arthritis pain, and exercise equipment specially designed for older adults.

  • Visiting nurses, on-site health fairs, and coordination with participating health insurers and primary care doctors.

  • Inviting multipurpose spaces and beautifully manicured grounds perfect for spontaneous and planned activities.

  • Hundreds of social, cultural, and educational programs led by experts, members of the community, and residents themselves.

  • Campuses that serve as village centers, with members of the community invited to join us for celebrations, lectures, and exercise classes, or just for a cup of coffee and a chat with a friend.

I have met people who have had very different experiences. I read books I never would have even looked at. I have attended lectures and listened to music I didn’t know would interest me. Now I’ve got it all – friends, safety, social activity, intellectual stimulation and financial peace of mind.

- Edith, 2Life Communities resident

A Double Threat: Loneliness and High Housing Costs

Many Americans equate “aging in place” (remaining in their single-family home) with maintaining independence. But aging in place often means aging in isolation. Most baby boomers live in suburban settings with poor or no public transit; bad weather often limits driving further. In fact, the average baby boomer will live seven years after they are no longer able to drive.

The cost of loneliness and social isolation cannot be underestimated. They pose the single biggest public health threat to older adults, surpassing smoking and obesity, and contributing to a doubling of dementia rates, immune system suppression, and increases in heart attacks and strokes.

Aging is, and always has been, a team sport. The myth of ‘aging in place’ harms people by defining the decision to share one’s daily life with others as failure.

- Dr. Bill Thomas, Expert geriatrician and founder of ChangingAging.org

Even those with robust support networks often don’t have enough income and savings to meet ever-growing housing and medical costs as they get older. The high cost of housing forces millions of low-income older adults to sacrifice spending on food and other necessities, undermining their health and well-being and putting them that much closer to disaster. In fact, without more affordable housing, a shockingly large number of seniors will become homeless or be prematurely forced into nursing homes for lack of money.

Massachusetts ranks 49th, second only to Mississippi, in the gap between seniors’ median income and the amount of money needed for a basic standard of living. Fully 61% of single older adults do not have sufficient resources for basic necessities.

- 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index

The Solution: Aging in Community

We define “aging in community” as living a full life of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment, and it is incredibly effective in fighting the detrimental health effects of loneliness.

Our residents can step out the doors of their own apartments and find friendship, community, physical and intellectual stimulation, a helping hand day or night—all the sorts of things that allow older adults to live a full life of purpose and connection.

Everything we do at 2Life—from providing on-site convenience stores and van transportation for daily tasks, to creating opportunities for socialization, learning, and staying in shape—is geared towards helping older adults remain in their homes for as long as possible. Our housing, programs, and services are designed specifically to promote social interaction along with independence.  

The average age at which our residents depart to nursing homes is 88, compared to the average age of departure in all HUD-subsidized housing of 81 in Massachusetts.

We believe aging in community is the gold standard. Our goal is to build superior, broadly affordable housing where older adults can experience the benefits of this model. We are a recognized leader in affordable senior housing, and our innovations are helping to change the conversation about aging in America.