Realife Cooperative of Bloomington on Lyndale is a community of friends, much like a small town in the middle of the city.
The 130 residents look out for each other and, like family, they gather regularly for activities - from pancake breakfasts to friendly competition on the Nintendo Wii, to a computer club. In fact, the son of one of the residents commented, "This place is like a college dorm for seniors!" - without having to get up for 8 a.m. classes.
Realife residents are mostly in the 70-85 year old age bracket. Ages range from 55 to those past 90. Several of those residents are very active 90-year-olds. Younger residents find that, by becoming Realife residents, they’ve just got that much more time to enjoy the wonderful community.
The camaraderie is quickly evident to new residents and visitors to Realife. One resident commented, “I'm so glad I moved here instead of staying in my house. I'm never lonely and I can just go to my apartment if I want my privacy. Living here definitely keeps me active and alert.”
One of the newest residents came to last fall’s Open House and bought a unit shortly thereafter. Her reason was that she didn’t want to spend another winter alone in her apartment. She is now one of Realife’s biggest boosters, commenting that she absolutely loves her new home.