Aging in Cohousing

Corazón core group at first workshop.  Photo by Marianne KilkennySenior cohousing is distinguished from standard cohousing in being designed by and for seniors who would prefer to live without the excitement of young families, and with designs that assist them living independently for as long as possible. Senior-friendly can refer to either multi-generational or seniors only communities. They both modify the cohousing model to create physical and social environments that allow people to flourish as they get older.

Cohousing opens up new alternatives for seniors to take control of the inevitable, to live as independently as possible, as long as possible. 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.

Click here for a list of Senior Cohousing Communities Completed and In-Process

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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Being interviewed by two reporters in two days about “senior cohousing” is an indication that aging in cohousing is receiving more attention. And this is good, since we know how beneficial cohousing...
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I participated in the first two years Chuck Durrett offered this workshop, and found it gave me a strong base of understanding of the essential elements for Aging in Community, enabling me to teach...
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“Cohousing”...
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A meeting of the New Earth Song Cohousing group: Are they creating a new type of cohousing? “I feel a little intimidated to say this,” the attractive older woman began hesitantly, “but...
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"Cohousing is a great place to live and a great place to die" says John Lightburn, 85, a founding resident of Harmony Village Cohousing in Golden, CO. (Photo by Evangeline Welch) Scan the...
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Last year Americans drove 5 billion miles caring for seniors in their homes (Meals on Wheels, Whistle Stop Nurses, and so on). In our small, semi-rural county in the Sierra foothills, Telecare made...
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An acquaintance of mine, Chris Zimmerman, owns and operates a couple of assisted-care facilities in Alameda, California. He inherited one at age 23 and subsequently built a second one. He’s now 60,...
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