Every neighborhood should have at least one area, perhaps one city block, devoted to housing for the elderly. This could be a combination of independent living, assisted living, continuing care and even nursing care all on the same block. It could even serve as a minor first aid storage and service center for the neighborhood which would become invaluable during times of disaster or emergency. Such a block would be completely surrounded with a pleasant fence for security.
At least part of these blocks would be dedicated to independent living for the elderly with individual, miniature, one-room houses with dimensions as small as 10′ x 10′ to 15′ x 15′. Such houses would be designed for individuals (slightly larger ones could be made for elderly couples) and would include everything necessary to live comfortably inside, such as a bathroom, kitchen, bed, table, TV, etc. Outside each dwelling a small garden can be maintained by the resident.
Social activity centers, such as pools, recreation rooms, exercise rooms, libraries, work/hobby shops, etc., could be constructed on these blocks. Elderly labor could also be used to operate mini museums which would display interesting things from around the neighborhood as well as photos of past events or significant changes occurring in the neighborhood in the near or distant past.