Sun City, Arizona
By Lucy Nicholson
During the post Second World War baby boom 76 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964. The first of them turned 65 in 2011, and as the baby boomers begin to retire, I decided to visit the original American purpose-built retirement community: Sun City, Arizona.
An 80-year-old and a 20-year-old were getting married in Sun City. A local newspaper reporter came to cover the wedding. The first question the reporter asked was: “Don’t you think the sex will lead to premature death?”
The groom replied: “If she dies, she dies.”
Fred Isenberg, 75, broke into a broad grin as he told me the punch-line of this joke during a break in a tango dancing class he was taking with his wife Suzanne, 71.
As with all good humor, the joke is loosely inspired by reality.
One hundred of the residents of Sun City, Arizona are over the age of 100, more than any other place in the world. Another 2,350 residents are over the age of 85.
Sun City was built in 1959 by entrepreneur Del Webb as America’s first active retirement community, on cotton fields west of Phoenix.