Community Conversations about Aging: What You Need to Talk about and How (Intensive, 1:00-5:00 pm May 19)

This pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $65.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For more information about the Aging Better Together Conference click here.

Presented by Laird Schaub

Session Description

In this half-day session we’ll explore how to approach a delicate topic: defining what community support members can count on as they approach end of life and want to remain in the community as long as possible. We’ll lay out both the questions that need addressing and the likely range of variables you’ll encounter along the way. We’ll discuss why it’s important to not put off these conversations until you need answers—and why most groups put them off anyway. We’ll also lay out the facilitative skills needed to manage these conversations such that your agreements are based on broad member input from both the head and the heart, and that no one feels left behind.

About the Presenter/s

I’ve lived in intentional community for 41 years: 39 years at Sandhill Farm (a small, income-sharing community I helped found in northeast Missouri), followed by 20 months at nearby Dancing Rabbit, an ecovillage started in 1997 with a core mission of modeling how to live a great life on a resource budget that’s only 10% of the US average. Today I live in Chapel Hill NC, where I’m trying to pioneer a new community with close friends. For the last 28 years I’ve also been integrally involved with the Fellowship for Intentional Community—a North American network dedicated to providing the information and inspiration of cooperative living to the widest possible audience. Recognizing the value of what is being learned in intentional communities about how to solve problems collaboratively and work constructively with conflict, I started a part-time career as a process consultant in 1987. Today, I’m on the road half the time conducting trainings, working with groups, and attending events all over the country.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 19, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm requires an additional fee of $65.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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