Aging in Cohousing

Corazón core group at first workshop.  Photo by Marianne KilkennyThe statistics are staggering. Americans drive over 5 billion miles a year caring for seniors in their homes. Add to this different driving services provided to help seniors get around their communities, and it is no wonder that experts are calling this the “$3 trillion dollar dilemma.” The cost of care for the 78 million new baby boomers “coming of age” in the next 20 years will be $3 trillion dollars more per year than it is now. Further, traditional forms of senior housing no longer address the needs of many older Americans. Most of the current options for “retirement living” are inadequate, both socially and healthwise. It is clear that the current pattern is not sustainable from an environmental, cultural, or financial point of view.

Cohousing opens up new alternatives for seniors to take control of the inevitable, to live as independently as possible, as long as possible. Cohousing sets seniors up for success and helps them achieve their full potential in the last 20-30 years of life. Cohousing living arrangements support individual’s well-being physically, socially, and emotionally, and offers aging adults a way to live among people with whom they share a common bond of age and experience—an entirely new way to house themselves with dignity, independence, safety, mutual concern, and fun.

Active seniors like the idea of planning and managing their neighborhood and their own care, living with others of like mind, being close to old friends, and knowing that physical and social needs will be met in their last quadrant of life.

Please "contact us" Coho/US to update at http://www.cohousing.org/contact Senior Communities - Completed Acequia Jardin (Albuquerque, New Mexico) David Ryan, Marianne Dickinson 2330 Rio...
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Salt Lake City, Utah The Conference is Over but What an Impact! Click here to read about it. Click here for Conference Documents. The Blue Box Menu on the right provides the schedule and other...
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Cohousing-L is an email discussion list on all aspects of cohousing -- development, design, move-in, organizing work, community life, governance, finances, legal questions, etc. Many cohousing...
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Here is the text of the letter I read at the Aging Better Together conference in Salt Lake City. My neurologist friend who wrote the letter has since given permission to use...
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Documents from presenters and more! PDF's attached; direct links below. Where would you want to die? How would you like to die? Letter from a neurologist via Steven Ablondi, Memel.Global How...
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Instead of assisted living, or managing a large home without help, cohousing creates a small neighborhood of independent individuals who all do what they are able in order to maintain a mutually...
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Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, is a professional group process facilitator, a transition coach, and a gerontologist with a special focus on aging in community. She spoke on the topic of her article at the...
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Last week, I attended the Aging Better Together Cohousing Conference in Salt Lake City. Before the meeting, my knowledge and understanding of it was vague. The concept sounded intriguing and I looked...
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[A repost from Peter Lazar's blog at http://www.emersoncommons.org/blog ] I'm writing this at 34,000 on my flight to the 2016 Aging in Place conference hosted by Coho/US in Salt Lake City. I like...
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Last week, an excellent article launched a cohousing discussion on Dr. Bill Thomas's ChangingAging site. The author Beth Baker wrote the well-received book With a Little Help from our Friends—...
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[Richard Leider is a keynote speaker at our
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When talking about “Aging in Community” I often refer to a senior-friendly cohousing community. Please don’t confuse the term senior-friendly with senior-only. Senior-friendly can refer to either...
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Katie McCamant's recent interview centered on cohousing's benefits to those entering the "next act" of their lives. Her responses speak to the tandem benefits of this nexus: aging in community while...
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The stereotype and dominant paradigm of cohousing communities as they've developed over the past quarter century in the US is that our neighborhoods are great places for kids, the next generation,...
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[Laird's post is relevant to our Aging Better Together Conference, with sessions on "conscious aging" and "the power of purpose." Come join us!] I recently received an interesting invitation,...
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IT'S HERE! Like a baby announcement we can't wait to let everyone know that the growing list of communities that have signed up to be an active part of the National Open House Day is live. Are you...
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[Editor's Note: Come to the Aging Better Together Conference and join Laird's pre-conference intensive: "Community Conversations about Aging: What You Need to Talk about and How”] Almost all...
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Editor's Note: Cohousers interested in tackling the issues around Deep Aging (TM), aging in place in community and all the attendant co-care issues are beginning a national conversation to address...
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"Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community" (click for preview trailer) is a new documentary by Alan O'Hashi, a filmmaker and resident of Silver Sage in Boulder, CO. Alan's film includes interviews on...
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[Editor's Note: David Entin plans to attend the Aging Better Together Conference and be part of conversations with current cohousers in intergenerational living sharing their experiences.] Our...
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What a great concept! Social capital’s a fairly common buzzword these days, but I especially like the idea of taking stock of our connections. This notion, of a social portfolio, has been on my...
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I got a call from my cousin, Alison, recently. These days, whenever relatives call, there’s generally some sort of family emergency. This time, Alison told me her mother – my Auntie Jeannie – had...
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We've created a new title for our Aging in Community Cohousing Conference, to capture our approach. We will enjoy gathering opportunities the evening of May 19th, and the conference will launch early...
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Rather than teams focusing on support for aging in place, I think it would be better to have a team focused on (1) what all community members need and (2) extending our notions about the abilities of...
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I include below a list of things that neighbors can and should not do for neighbors with who need support or health care. One of our residents put this together when we another resident needed more...
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The author (right) enjoys a visit on a neighbor’s porch thanks to its lack of barriers. My neighbor Pete and I are hanging out on his front porch when two visitors walk by on the path....
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Yesterday, a piece about senior cohousing in the DC area appeared online in Washingtonian Magazine's March 2015 issue. The article features Ann Zabaldo, a cohousing developer and Takoma Village...
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I’m excited to introduce a new project recently launched at CoHousing Partners: http://www.cohousingpartners.com in Nevada City, CA. I’ve started a Q...
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Last week in Nevada City, a team of over 20 attendees – having traveled from as far away as Brazil – participated in a week-long workshop on Aging Successfully in senior cohousing. The concept stems...
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Harvard and AARP say senior housing is the next big American crisis, according to a new report. From Senior Housing News, “A shortage of caregivers for baby boomers, high cost of senior living...
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