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Why is "assisted living" only for people over a certain age, rather than for people of all ages with disabilities? I know there is a focus on not segregating people with disabilities, but we seem to accept seniors living primarily with other seniors. My grandmother spent the last few years of her life at a place I joked was like a dorm for old people. Residents had their own unit / apartment (it was something of a cross between a hotel room, an apartment and/or a dorm room), but there was a common dining area that had meals a couple of times a day, planned activities, staff to help with activities of daily living, and vans that took residents on errands every week or so. The parent company of that one was, I believe, Brookdale, but there are many. Seniors don't seem to mind living mainly with other seniors. The needs of many older people and the needs of younger people who have always had disabilities may be alike, so a similar model might work for both. My grandmother, who had once thought she was too old to make new friends, made friends there. Had she stayed in her own apartment, it would have been hard for her to get around and see people (especially after she stopped driving.) If people with disabilities have apartments in the community but transportation or other barriers make it hard to get to social activities, they can end up being isolated. And some people with intellectual disabilities struggle with the social skill of seeking people out and seeking out assistance when they need it.