A Teenager Mistakenly Moved Into a Senior Living Complex. TikTok Loves It.

When Madison Kohout, 19, moved into her new apartment complex, she didn’t think much of the average age of her neighbors.

After all, she had scored a nice apartment in the northeast Arkansas City of Piggott after moving there from Oklahoma. About a week in her new home, however, Ms. Kohout saw a sign outside the 10-unit complex that she hadn’t noticed before.

“I was looking around at my surroundings to see what there was I could do here, and I saw the sign that said ‘Senior Living Apartments,’ and I realized I moved myself into a retirement community,” Ms. Kohout said in an interview. “Once I saw the sign, all the things clicked. I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe I did this.’”

Ms. Kohout’s arrival at the apartment complex came after a connection she made over the past year through TikTok with Lori Parker of Piggott, who describes herself to her more than 65,000 followers as “a Preacher’s wife, Mom and Nonna.” The two followed each other on the social media platform, and they quickly developed a rapport by commenting back and forth on the videos they shared.

Ms. Kohout said she had connected with one neighbor in particular who had a similar experience growing up.

“It’s fun to see how she persevered through her life challenges,” Ms. Kohout said. “We relate a lot, even though she’s, like, 50 years older than I am.”

For now, Ms. Kohout plans to continue living in the complex and sharing her experiences with her TikTok followers. She hopes to write a book, she said, and would consider writing about what she’s learned from her new neighbors.

“They have a lot of stories that have definitely shaped my heart and have touched my heart, and I think a lot of people would benefit from them,” she said. “I got lucky enough to be able to hear them all.”

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