Aging Better Together: Conference May 20-21, 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Regular: $390 (4/1 - 5/19)

This conference holds the keys to creating a Senior-Friendly Cohousing Community, both MultiGenerational and Senior.

How are today's Boomers taking charge of their next chapter, reinventing aging through a community framework? How can Cohousing empower the coming wave of retiring seniors to age successfully and have fun in the process?

How will your community approach what is 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?

Are you a member of a forming Cohousing Community, MultiGenerational or Senior, looking for tried and true tips from established communities to help you get your footing?

Join us at the 2016 Aging Better Together Conference, to learn how to transform an existing community into a senior-friendly superstar or how to design a new community for the lifespan of all who will live there. The conference provides over 30 breakout sessions and three featured keynote presentations to guide you in this journey. Experts in cohousing, successful aging, and community founders will share their knowledge and experiences on everything from how to start a new community to end of life care in an existing one.

For newly Forming Communities:

You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and discover best practices from others who have already made the journey.

For Existing & newly Forming Communities:

You will learn how to prepare your community to enable older, less mobile members to continue to live in community with you. It starts with the hard conversations that help you explore a range of aging issues such as; co-care options, designing or retro-fitting common areas, long-term care possibilities, and end of life issues.

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2016 Aging Better Together: Conference Documents

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 to Build a Great Team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2drl4UfN_ao&feature=youtu.be

When the Developer Leads the Way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXtPxQ9rMuA&feature=youtu.be

John Clark Story: https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B5UZjF3stXA4MEhod2Ztc0owc1U&export=download
(this large file may be difficult to download)

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2016 Aging Better Together: Conference Questions & Answers

Where is the Conference held?
The University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center, 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036.

Directions and Airport Shuttle
The University of Utah Guest House Location & Transportation Link provides driving directions and details on light rail service from the airport.
To Reach the Guest House from the Airport: The Salt Lake City Trax Light Rail services the airport and the Guest House. The one way fair is $2.50. Take the Green Line to the Court House Station and Transfer to the Red Line to University. Taxi and shuttle services are available at the Ground Transportation desk at either terminal. More details below.

Internet Service
The University Guest House and Conference Center is providing complimentary internet service throughout our individual hotel rooms and conference space.

What is the conference schedule and what does registration include?
The main conference runs Friday & Saturday, May 20-21, 2016. We also offer free programming late afternoon and evening on Thursday, May 19, and a free Open House at Wasatch Commons on Sunday morning, May 22.

Your registration fee includes all program offerings beginning 4:00 pm on Thursday through the Open House on Sunday.

Meals that are included with registration: Friday lunch; Saturday lunch; and Saturday Dinner & Keynote.

Additionally, we offer two "intensives" on Thursday, May 19 for an additional cost; you can add these anytime through the registration process.

The conference schedule and program are detailed on our Schedule/Program Webpage. A printable program and schedule are available on our Printable Program Webpage.

What are the registration fees?
Regular: $390 (4/1 - 5/19)

Do I need to choose breakout sessions?
Yes, but you do not need to choose when you register; you will receive a separate email requesting your choices.

What are the Pre-Conference Intensives on Thursday all about?
In addition to a full range of sessions on Friday and Saturday, we are offering two intensives on specialized topics taught by experts on Thursday that require an additional fee. If you have already registered and want to add an intensive, please register again, but only choose that intensive.

What is a Senior-Friendly Cohousing Community?
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. A senior-friendly cohousing community is proactively designed to support aging in community and some level of co-care for each other. For more, read What is a Senior Friendly Cohousing Community?.

What about lodging?
We encourage conference participants to stay at the University Guest House and Conference Center which offers a discounted room rate of $109 (includes hot breakfast). Rooms will go fast - make your reservations today by calling 1.888.416.4075.
If you would like to share a room, please email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org and we will try to connect you with others who have also requested.

What about Meals and Food Restrictions?
We will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices for our meals. During registration you are able to let us know about your food restrictions. If you would like to alert us to additional information, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org. For many of us, including those planning our meals, healthy food which is locally sourced when possible is important!

The University Guest House has a great link to local dining: http://www.universityguesthouse.com/Dining/page:1/
The nearest Whole Foods is 3 miles from the Guest House (544 South 700 East, Salt Lake City).
The University Guest House does offer kitchenettes with full kitchen and dining table for $139.00.

What should I wear?
Dress will be casual. Some may want to dress up for the Saturday Keynote Dinner. The University Conference Center may feel cold to some; a sweater or jacket may be appreciated.

Can my Cohousing Community have an exhibit table?
Conference sponsors will have the opportunity to exhibit. Visit our sponsorship portfolio.
You are also welcome to include literature for display at a general community exhibit table - just bring with you to the conference!

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
We are now past the cancellation period to receive a refund. If you must cancel, consider donating your registration fee (and receive charitable giving recognition), or allow someone else to attend in your place.

TRAX - Light Rail System
UTA TRAX is Salt Lake Valley’s light rail system. To reach the Guest House from the Airport, take the Green Line (this is the line ending at the Airport), to Court House station (24 minutes). Then transfer to the Red line (direction University or Medical Center) from the Court House station to Fort Douglas (17 minutes). Be careful, at the courthouse station you have to enter the train on the other side of the platform, you are going back half a block before turning East.
From the Fort Douglas station it is an easy walk:
You will need to cross the street via the Legacy Bridge. Take the stairs or elevator to the bridge. After crossing the bridge, the Guest House is the first building complex to your left (northeast of the bridge). This is 8-10 walking minutes or less.
You may also call the Guest House front desk 801 587 1000, they will be happy to send a shuttle to pick you up at the Fort Douglas Trax Station, if the shuttle is available (the shuttle is first come first served).

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2016 Aging Better Together: Contact Us

Conference Organizers

Alice Alexander, Coho/US
Cindy Turnquist, SageHill Cohousing
conference [at] cohousing [dot] org

Conference Chair | Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company

Conference Vice-Chair | Cindy Turnquist, SageHill Cohousing

Advisory Committee

  • Steven Ablondi, Memel Organics Cohousing
  • Alice Alexander, Coho/US
  • Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
  • Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company
  • David Entin, Rocky Hill Cohousing
  • Nancy Francis, Sage Cohousing International
  • Linda Herman, Linda Herman Consulting
  • Alan O’Hashi, Silver Sage Village Cohousing
  • Cindy Turnquist, SageHill Cohousing

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2016 Aging Better Together: Featured Speakers

Keynote/Featured Speakers

ChuckCharles Durrett, Conference Chair – The Power of Community
Charles Durrett, Architect & Principle at The Cohousing Company/ McCamant & Durrett Architects, is best known as the father of Cohousing in the U.S. He and his wife Katie McCamant coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications. Charles is leading a culture change in America!


RichardRichard Leider – The Power of Purpose
Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching” for his work helping leaders discover the power of purpose. Richard is the man behind AARP’s LIFE REIMAGINED. His PBS special - THE POWER OF PURPOSE was released December 2015 in 347 cities.


RonRon Pevny – The Power of Conscious Aging
Ron Pevny, M.A, founder of The Center for Conscious Eldering, serves people in or approaching their senior years who recognize that their contributions in the elder third of life are the result of conscious decisions and preparation. Ron and his colleagues at the Center for Conscious Eldering share a deep commitment to supporting the development of conscious elders in a world urgently in need of elder wisdom and gifts. Ron brings to his work a wealth of experience, knowledge, processes and practices.


You will discover the power of aging in community from cohousing leaders and professionals, aging and care experts, leaders in conscious eldering, lenders and policy makers who understand that successful aging is as much about purposeful living and caring about the wellbeing of your neighbors as it is about beautiful architecture, universal design and sustainability.

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2016 Aging Better Together: Printable Program

You can download and print the schedule, the full conference program, a promotional flyer, and a press release by clicking on the links below. These documents will continue to be updated.

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2016 Aging Better Together: Schedule/Program

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What Have we Learned about Conflict Resolution? (Breakout Session)

Presented by Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers

Description

Living in an Aging Intergenerational Community: What have we Learned?

Two seasoned family and elder mediators share how they have applied their conflict resolution and communications experiences to two intergenerational cohousing communities located in the Denver metro area, in which they each have lived for 20 years. Topics include:

1. Challenges of intergenerational living
2. Unique aspects of cohousing that help or hinder interpersonal dynamics
3. Limitations of an internal "expert" and when to bring in an outside resource

About the Presenter/s

Ronnie Rosenbaum, MS
As a mediator, collaborative divorce facilitator, parenting coordinator and conflict coach, Ronnie assists families in the resolution of issues including those related to divorce, parenting, and aging. She has long-time experience providing services to families going through multi-generational transitions. Trained in Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, she is the President of Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, is a member of the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, and is qualified by the Mediation Association of Colorado as a Professional Mediator. Through her professional activities and by living in a multi-generational co-housing community since 1997 (Harmony Village in Golden), Ronnie is able to actualize her commitment to being a peacemaker.

John Rymers, MA, LPC
John has been living at Highline Crossing CoHousing Community since its inception in 1995. John has witnessed the good the bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining a cohousing community and has been involved for 20 years in nurturing and supporting the community culture at Highline Crossing, one of the oldest cohousing communities in Colorado. Professionally, John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained mediator providing dispute resolution services in the domestic relations and elder care arenas. He and his friend and co-presenter at this conference, Ronnie Rosenbaum (Harmony Village CoHousing) have worked together as co-facilitators and presenters around cohousing and aging issues. They have each facilitated meetings in the other’s cohousing community.

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5 Step Plan for Aging in Community

Presented by Nancy Madsen & Helen Rollins

Session Description

This session is designed to help attendees discuss not only healthy aging but what happens when elders require more assistance all the way to their passing with dignity and care. No matter who is providing the care through the difficult days of an elder's life, caregiving principles apply across the board on preparation, compassion, and preventing burnout.

Nancy & Helen will help you prepare a 5 step plan for successful aging in community. Each of the 5 steps includes information on how to get started, questions to ask, and where to find basic resources. Every community plan must be grounded in the wishes and consent of the person(s) who will be receiving as well as giving care.

The important thing is to start – and continue – the conversation in a way that works for your community. You will receive straightforward information and checklists to help guide these conversations.

Step 1: Starting the Conversation
Step 2: Forming a Successful Aging Committee
Step 3: Making a Plan
Step 4: Finding Support Options
Step 5: Taking Care of the Caregivers

About the Presenter/s

Nancy Madsen, MS, SSW. Nancy is the statewide caregiver support program manager for Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services. In this position she is able to promote the needs of and provide support to caregivers who are meeting the long-term care needs of their loved ones.

Helen Rollins, a nurse case manager at LDS Hospital and president of the Utah Hospice Association was, until recently, a long time resident of Wasatch Commons, Utah’s only completed cohousing community built in 1999.

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500 Communities: Catalyzing New Cohousing Development Through a Professional Network

Presented by Kathryn (Katie) McCamant, CoHousing Solutions

Session Description

Imagine a world where cohousing becomes the new normal. Imagine every town of more than 50,000 people has at least one senior cohousing community and one intergenerational community. Imagine 500 communities created in the next five to ten years in the United States alone. Would you like to be a part of a collaborative class ready to meet the expanding need for professional support creating new communities? In September 2015, an impressive 8-class cohort of cohousing entrepreneurs from around the country began CoHousing Solutions’ yearlong, inaugural 500 Communities Program led by Katie McCamant. 500 Communities builds on Katie’s three decades of experience having consulting on, designed or developed dozens of cohousing communities. The Program is one of the nation’s sole initiators for an ongoing discussion about the cohousing business model. Come learn about the first year’s success and determine whether 500 Communities may fit your future cohousing professional goals.

About the Presenter/s

One of the nation’s leading cohousing experts, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities across the U.S. She and her husband, Chuck Durrett, introduced cohousing to North America with the book, Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities. Katie has been integral in developing multiple senior cohousing communities, including Wolf Creek Lodge (CA) and Oakcreek Cohousing (OK).

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Aging Better Together: The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M Festival

Sponsored in part by Wonderland Hills Development, The Little Yoga Studio, and Boulder Community Media

Session Description

The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M Festival put together a film program around the topic of aging for the Aging Better Together Conference. The screening is sponsored in part by, Wonderland Hills Development, The Little Yoga Studio, and Boulder Community Media. The screening will be held in the Vintage Post Theatre built in 1932 on Fort Douglas. Located in the conference village. Screening schedule:

Thursday May 19th; 7pm
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community”
(TRT: 51 minutes) Directed by Alan O’Hashi
Produced by Boulder Community Media (BCM)
Members of Silver Sage Village will be on hand for a Q&A after the film.
Short Synopsis: What if 25 seniors from around the country decided to age together in a cohousing community. Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village resident Alan O’Hashi recounts his recovery from a serious illness and weaves those experiences with the perspectives of neighbors with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and those who find themselves in supportive neighborly care giving roles. The film features the perspectives of cohousing pioneers Jim Leach and Chuck Durrett as well as gerontologist Anne Glass.

Friday May 20th; 7pm
“Bullet Proof Karma”
(TRT: 9 minutes) Directed by Halonah Abraham Paiss
Produced by Paiss Productions
Short Synopsis: Halonah is 17 years old and a senior in Boulder, CO where she lives in the Nomad Cohousing neighborhood. In making “Bulletproof Karma,” she tells a true story about Barry Shoda, a man diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and a deadly brain tumor. This documentary provides hope that people with cancer can have an effective alternative to chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“Taken”
(TRT: 5 minutes) Directed by Don Sniffin
Produced by KBZ Films
Short Synopsis: Don is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker with an innate ability to tell a compelling and unique story. He studied at the Colorado Film School, is a graduate of the Lighthouse Writer’s Master Screenplay program, and Don has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming. In “Taken”, no good deed goes unpunished. An ordinary Joe in an extraordinary circumstance must find his inner courage and come to the rescue of someone who has been “Taken”.

“A Beautiful Equation”
(TRT: 53 minutes) Directed by Robin Truesdale
Produced by Two Hands Films
Depending on the available technology, there may be a Q and A following the film with Robin Truesdale and Len Barron.
Short Synopsis: Len Barron selects an unconventional cast ¬‐ eight grandmothers ¬‐ for his stage production about Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. On stage, the women charm audiences with their wit and exuberance as they reveal untold chapters in the scientists’ biographies. In this documentary film, director Robin Truesdale takes us behind the scenes with the women (who are not professional actors) as they rehearse, laugh, and beautifully emulate the messages they present on stage. The film leads us through a storybook of past and present, illuminating the magic of fairy tales and belief in the impossible.

Additional Information

The film festival is included in conference registration.

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Aging Gracefully: Sharing Experiences in InterGenerational Cohousing (Breakout Session)

Presented by David Entin, Rocky Hill Cohousing

Session Description

Panelists:
Jeff Zucker, Manzanita Village (Prescott AZ)
Ronnie Rosenbaum, Harmony Village (Golden CO)
Carol Rinehart, Rocky Hill Cohousing (Northhampton MA)
John Rymers, Highline Crossing (Littleton CO)

What are the challenges and opportunities for seniors living in intergenerational cohousing? We will feature seniors living in intergenerational cohousing sharing their experiences: what they like and don’t like about living with children and adults of all ages, how seniors are treated in their community, what they see as advantages and disadvantages, how seniors contribute to cohousing communities, opportunities for caring and being cared for, and how living in an intergenerational cohousing community is different from living outside an intentional community. Each panelists will briefly talk about their personal experiences, then will open up to sharing experiences from audience members as well as questions for the panelists. We will be learning from each other!

David Entin, a member of Rocky Hill Cohousing (Northhampton MA), will facilitate this discussion. David has an interesting perspective from his community:

Our intergenerational (many families with children) cohousing community of ten years, Rocky Hill Cohousing, Northampton, MA, has had an “Aging Gracefully” group of a dozen strong meeting monthly for the past two years. The group ranges from 60 to 80 in age. We enjoyed our company so much that we soon added a potluck dinner before our Friday monthly meetings. Over this time we have explored a range of issues of concern, including health care proxies, wills, dying, local resources we might need to draw on (or create) for being able to remain at home, and ways to support each other as we age. Our group has read and discussed Atul Gawande’s "Being Mortal" and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s "Why I Hope to Due at 75." This fall we hosted a conversation on aging in community attended by people from six area cohousing communities, existing and forming.

Most significantly, our group has really bonded, particularly because at each meeting we “check in,” i.e., share individually what has been going on in our lives. Each of us really looks forward to the camaraderie and sharing of our meetings. The bottom line is getting to know each other deeply, coming to appreciate the remarkable diversity of life perspectives, and drawing inspiration from one another. We feel this is aging in community at its best. No one can predict their future needs, but community is making it possible to be more hopeful, creative, and generous.

About the Presenter

David Entin lives at Rocky Hill Cohousing, Northampton, MA, one of its original occupants since 2005. David served on the board of Coho/US for four years and was active in research on cohousing. He retired in 2006 from his position as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College. His first career was in anti-poverty and community development work and his second in higher education administration.

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Aging with a Walkscore (Breakout Session)

Presented by Grace Kim, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing | Schemata Workshop

Session Description

Afraid of losing your freedom along with your driver's license? Worried about isolation and loneliness? How can you plan for success when aging in place?
Living in an urban environment close to grocery stores, neighborhood retail, hospitals, church, and other daily needs is an easy way to maintain a high quality of life without relying on others for transport.
Learn the benefits of urban living from founder of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, a 9-home community in a dense urban neighborhood of Seattle.
What is Walkscore? It’s an online rating system that describes the walkability/vibrancy of a location. Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing has a walkscore of 98 (out of 100).

About the Presenter/s

Grace Kim is an architect and founding principal of Schemata Workshop. Grace is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing with a focus on Common House Design. She is a frequent presenter at senior housing and affordable housing conferences. She has written a design guide for cohousing common spaces and has visited over 80 cohousing communities.

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Aikido – Principles to Embody a Collaborative Approach to Conflict (5:30 Thurs)

Presented by Linda Reed & Aikido Mountain West instructors

Session Description

Using Conflict to Create Collaboration
This workshop offers new ways of facing conflict from a centered position, based on the principles of harmony and connection of Aikido, the martial art of peace. Through a combination of facilitated dialogue and safe, non-strenuous exercises, you will experience moving through conflict in ways that neither resist, escalate nor give in to it. We will explore how conflict feels to us and how we can learn to embody a positive and creative response. The exercises are optional, and all ability levels are encouraged to participate. A good way to relax the body and mind after a long days travel.
Based on the book “The Magic of Conflict” and other works by Sensei Thomas Crum.

About the Presenter/s

Linda Reed, 3rd degree black belt, a 16-year member of Wasatch Commons Cohousing, and instructors from Aikido Mountain West, a nonprofit dojo

Additional Information

The workshop is offered Thursday, May 19, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Workshop cost = $15.00 payable at the door.

Aikido - Martial Art of Peace
Aikido assists in relaxing the body through the quieting of the mind. The discipline in the training enables practitioners to become centered and grounded, thereby becoming balanced and able to combat daily stresses. Like tai chi, an inner calmness develops through the practice of awareness of one's body. Its benefits include strengthening the immune system, stimulating the organs through breathing exercises and increasing one's physical and mental flexibility. By continually confronting the emotion of fear of the attacker, one is able to release fear and embrace a more compassionate loving thought system, that we all know has numerous effects on the body's chemistry.

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An Elephant Never Forgets: The Power of the Herd (Breakout Session)

Presented by Janice Blanchard, President, Aging Better Together
Ann Zabaldo, Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing

Session Description

For most Americans today, caregiving is a solo journey. For those who have navigated the terrain, it’s one they will never forget; and most likely, not want to hike thru again.

Humans, however, were never meant to take on such treks all alone; caring for one another is a journey meant to be shared. Like a herd of elephants, our power lies within our collective social intelligence – we are stronger and better when we work together. When thoughtfully planned and coordinated with like-minded others, caring for another human being can be a profoundly spiritual experience that expands our human capacity for love, empathy, compassion, patience and perspective about what’s important. Moreover, it offers individuals and the community alike the opportunity for deeper meaning, purpose and connection.

This session explores how the principles of aging in community can provide the blueprint for everyone to ask for, receive and give care. Attendees will learn about tools, programs and other resources that can expand their capacity to care for themselves and each other. Moreover, they will learn how to expand their circle of care by tapping into supports and services beyond the cohousing community.

About the Presenter/s

Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Ann Zabaldo is both a pioneer volunteer and a paid professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls. Past president Coho/US; Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing; founding member and resident Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC.

Additional Information

"An Elephant Never Forgets: The Power of the Herd" is the second of three in a series.
While all three are designed to stand alone, their full power is realized in attending all three:
#1 - The Elephant in the Common Room: Old and in the Way
#2 - The Elephant Never Forgets: The Power of the Herd
#3 - The Elephant’s Graveyard: Bringing the Old Bones Home

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Approaching the End of Life: Difficult Discussions, Difficult Decisions

Presented by Joyce Thompson and Jan Kenney, Placitas Sage Cohousing

Session Description

End of life issues are difficult for people to discuss with each other. Although 9 out of 10 adults say they want to talk about these issues, it is estimated that only 3 out of 10 adults have actually engaged in such conversations. These discussions are difficult to initiate with family and friends. Can living in cohousing help prepare members to begin conversations that will lead to good decisions about end-of-life issues? We believe 'yes.' Our presentation will provide steps to ensure that such decisions reflect the physical, emotional and spiritual character that leads to meaningful plans for life's end.

About the Presenter/s

Rev. Joyce Thompson is a retired hospital and hospice chaplain. She coordinated Medical Ethics Committees in large hospitals in Albuquerque and Tucson, often mediating end-of-life discussions with patients, their families, and medical staff. She has Masters’ degrees from both Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as 20 years’ experience working with patients and their families. She is the “burning soul” of Placitas Sage Cohousing in Placitas, New Mexico.

Jan Kenney is a Nurse Practitioner with over 35 years’ experience. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester. She is currently employed by Geriatric Solutions and makes house calls to elderly, frail and the disabled. She works closely with her patients and their families to prepare for end of life issues. Jan is a Member of Placitas Sage Cohousing.

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Arc of life: John Clark Story (General Session)

Presented by Steven Ablondi + Bryan Bowen + Thomas Henninger

Session Description

A biographical exploration of the impact of community, cohousing, friendship and extended family on aging. The community architect and the founder of Memel Organics Cohousing share their views on the arc of one man's life, John Clark. Nicknamed "the Child of the Eagles", John spent his career working to save the white rhino, creating one of the world's greatest environmental success stories, and, as a 70+ year old newlywed, was the first resident to join this evolving permaculture-integrated, racially-mixed, highly sustainable cohousing community in the mountains of South Africa. Seven years later he was also the first to move out, embroiled in end of life controversy and leaving his bride alone and devastated.

About the Presenter/s

Steven, Thomas, and Bryan are collaborators on the Meme+Zamani project.

Bryan is a principal architect at Caddis, PC. Caddis serves our clients in the design of cohousing and other innovative sustainable communities, ski resorts, single family homes, net-zero homes, affordable housing, and mixed-use/commercial projects, while preserving our human-scale, more whimsical work. Bryan is the Chair of the City of Boulder's Planning Board and site on the Design Advisory Board, and spent a year as the ex-officio representative to Landmarks Board. He has also taught green building at Naropa University and has founded a combined for/non-profit building sustainable communities in South Africa with Steven Ablondi. Bryan and his family live in Wild Sage Cohousing, in the award winning Holiday Neighborhood.

Steven Ablondi is creating senior cohousing as a promoter and developer in Memel, a town in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. He feels much can be done to reduce the amount of time necessary to create cohousing communities and has purchased land, received municipal permits and planted organic gardens and orchards for clusters of homes to be built with natural materials and using alternative energy. Steven has had field assignments with the United Nations in Cambodia, Bosnia and Angola. He is a graduate of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Wesleyan University and Vermont Law School. He makes his home with his wife on Lake Champlain in America and in the Memel Drakensburg in South Africa.

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Beyond Cohousing - The Ripple Effect (General Session)

Presented by Bryan Bowen, Caddis

Session Description

Cohousing itself is a wonderful thing to study, but it's also really interesting to see how these ideas are being applied to other project types.

We'll look at communities for veterans, the un-housed, foster families, neurodiverse families, and permaculture integrated/post-apartheid/racially-mixed-housing in South Africa.

About the Presenter/s

Bryan is a principal architect at Caddis, PC. Caddis serves our clients in the design of cohousing and other innovative sustainable communities, ski resorts, single family homes, net-zero homes, affordable housing, and mixed-use/commercial projects, while preserving our human-scale, more whimsical work.
Bryan is the Chair of the City of Boulder's Planning Board and site on the Design Advisory Board, and spent a year as the ex-officio representative to Landmarks Board. He has also taught green building at Naropa University and has founded a combined for/non-profit building sustainable communities in South Africa with Steven Ablondi. Bryan and his family live in Wild Sage Cohousing, in the award winning Holiday Neighborhood.

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Blogging, Tweeting, Newsletters and Facebook: Where Will Your Group’s Voice be Heard? (Breakout Session)

Presented by Jenny Godwin, CoHousing Solutions

Session Description

Social media and online outreach aren’t just for the kids these days. 2014 marked the first year when more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) used Facebook. 83% of adults over the age of 50 own a mobile phone, and checking email is the #1 activity they use them for. So with opportunities for emailing, posting, liking, tweeting and blogging – which are the most effective online outreach tools for your group to employ? How do you create effective announcements that spark engagement? How do you integrate these various online media platforms effectively? How do you measure the success of your group’s outreach strategies? From a quick glance, online advertising can be overwhelming. It requires consistency, person-ability and attention to the larger cohousing movement. Learn answers to the above questions, with tips and tricks for making the most of the online outreach tools available to your group.

About the Presenter/s

Jenny is the media leader for CoHousing Solutions and the 500 Communities Program. She runs the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn pages, and maintains outgoing newsletters/announcements. Additionally, she provides her outreach and writing skills to communities in formation, aiding them with their recruitment, publicity and branding.

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Caterpillar vs Butterfly: Placitas Sage Cohousing (Breakout Session)

Presented by Bryan Bowen, Caddis

Session Description

“It’s the end of the world, said the caterpillar.”

“It’s just the beginning, said the butterfly.”

Placitas Sage Cohousing, in Placitas, New Mexico, aspires to be an arts focused seniors community in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on a beautiful semi-rural site. We'll share our challenges, process, sparks of genius, fears, and anything else we can offer to help other forming communities take the plunge. Members of this forming community will be on hand as well as the architect.

Placitas Sage intends to be a net-zero energy and EPS Water Wise community.

About the Presenter/s

Bryan is a principal architect at Caddis, PC. Caddis serves our clients in the design of cohousing and other innovative sustainable communities, ski resorts, single family homes, net-zero homes, affordable housing, and mixed-use/commercial projects, while preserving our human-scale, more whimsical work. Bryan is the Chair of the City of Boulder's Planning Board and site on the Design Advisory Board, and spent a year as the ex-officio representative to Landmarks Board. He has also taught green building at Naropa University and has founded a combined for/non-profit building sustainable communities in South Africa with Steven Ablondi. Bryan and his family live in Wild Sage Cohousing, in the award winning Holiday Neighborhood.

Bryan will be joined by Placitas Sage members Joyce Thompson and Jan Kenney.

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Cohousing Research Network (CRN) Surveys Seniors in Cohousing

Presented by Angela Sanguinetti, PhD, Cohousing Research Network

Session Description

This talk will report findings from the CRN's national survey of cohousing residents regarding the experience of cohousing in relation to age. General questions addressed will include: (1) How do seniors experience cohousing? (2) In what ways is the cohousing experience the same or different for seniors compared to non-seniors? (3) In what ways is the cohousing experience the same or different for seniors in intergenerational cohousing compared to senior cohousing?

About the Presenter/s

Angela Sanguinetti is an environmental psychologist, and a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, where she leads the Consumer Energy Interfaces Lab. Dr. Sanguinetti led a group of cohousing researchers and professionals in conducting a national survey of cohousing residents in 2012, sponsored by Coho/US and Mid-Atlantic Cohousing. She is a pioneering member of the Cohousing Research Network (CRN) and has published academic research about cohousing and intentional communities. Dr. Sanguinetti is interested in creative ways to bring the spirit of cohousing to the mainstream. Her research has identified common activities that are critical to achieving the personal, social, and environmental benefits of cohousing; examined accessibility of retrofit cohousing; and experimented to determine influences of message-framing on perceptions of and attitudes toward the concept of cohousing.

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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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Conscious Aging: Bringing Personal Wholeness to Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by Ron Pevny, Center for Conscious Eldering

Session Description

This session will provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the possibilities and challenges of conscious aging through experiential exercises and personal sharing among participants. There will be a particular focus on exploring ways that co-housing can support the personal growth of its members while bringing the gifts of conscious elders to the larger community.

Learning Objectives: My goal is that, as a result of attending my presentation (and subsequent Breakout Session), attendees will:

1. See the importance of aiming high (rather than just drifting with little focus or intentionality) as they envision and live the later chapters of their one precious life.
2. Understand that the outcome of commitment to conscious aging can be the development of those qualities that throughout human history have defined those recognized and honored by their cultures as elders
3. See the critical importance of the role true elders can play in helping humanity deal with the crises we face as we move through these perilous times
4. Be inspired to commit to aging consciously, and to have tools to help them move along this path.
5. See ways that the community support offered by co-housing can further their growth toward personal wholeness

About the Presenter/s

Ron Pevny, M.A., has for forty years been dedicated to assisting people in negotiating life transitions as they create lives of purpose and passion. He is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado. He is also a Certified Sage-ing® Leader and was the creator and administrator of the twelve-organization Conscious Aging Alliance. He is author of "Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: embrace and savor your next chapter," published in 2014 by Beyond Words/Atria Books. Ron has presented many week-long Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats at Ghost Ranch and other retreat centers around North America over the past fifteen years, as well as numerous introductory weekend workshops.
Email: ron [at] centerforconsciouseldering [dot] com Phone: 970-247-7943

Kinde Nebeker, M.F.A, M.A.T.P | New Moon Rites of Passage
Kinde comes from a background of design and design education, transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology. She teaches workshops and courses as well as gives presentations on a variety of topics such as ecopsychology, evolutionary leadership, nature-based rites of passage, and integral theory — all related to the evolution of personal consciousness. Kinde mentors and supports people to be the most powerful change agents they can be through radical self-knowing and deep connection to nature. She is inspired to foster initiated, mature, self-aware adults in our culture, helping others to both ‘grow up’ psychologically and ‘wake up’ spiritually. www.newmoonritesofpasssage.com

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Conscious Aging: Personal Wholeness and Community (General Session)

Presented by Ron Pevny, Center for Conscious Eldering

Session Description

This session will focus on the value of aiming high, with awareness and intentionality, as we age. Ron will address our potential for fulfillment, growth, purpose and service in the later chapters of our lives, and the inner, personal growth work that supports realizing these rich possibilities. This inner work centers around the five major themes of belief, baggage, purpose, spirit, and community. Our goal can be growth into a conscious elderhood in which we thrive in whatever circumstances life presents, savoring our experiences while also serving our community and future generations through sharing our wholeness, wisdom and elder gifts.

Having community in our lives is critical to aging well, but the quality of our community involvement is also critical. A truly supportive community environment requires more than infrastructure alone. Co-housing provides an ideal opportunity for people to support each other in growing toward the personal wholeness that is possible, but which requires intentionality, stepping outside our comfort levels, and mutual commitment to aiming high.

About the Presenter/s

Ron Pevny, M.A., has for forty years been dedicated to assisting people in negotiating life transitions as they create lives of purpose and passion. He is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado. He is also a Certified Sage-ing® Leader and was the creator and administrator of the twelve-organization Conscious Aging Alliance. He is author of "Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: embrace and savor your next chapter," published in 2014 by Beyond Words/Atria Books. Ron has presented many week-long Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats at Ghost Ranch and other retreat centers around North America over the past fifteen years, as well as numerous introductory weekend workshops.
Email: ron [at] centerforconsciouseldering [dot] com Phone: 970-247-7943

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Design Elements Serving Families and Elders (Breakout Session)

Presented by Cassie Wright, Urban Ventures

Session Description

With Urban Venture's commitment to building an intergenerational community, we'll discuss how we’ve incorporated design characteristics that reflect interests of both families with children and elders, and how we’ve creatively included 8 affordable units in hopes of attracting both seniors and new families.

About the Presenter/s

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Design Elements for Aging Succesfully (Breakout Session)

Presented by Ruth Neeman, Levi + Wong Design Associations

Session Description

This educational session describes the issues and goals for a senior co-housing community and how design aspects (from location, layout relationships, accessibility and universal design, use of design elements such as colors, contract, way finding, sound and lighting, etc.) can address the gradual decline in mobility, vision, hearing and cognition.

Particularly interesting are urban settings and how to take advantage of existing infrastructure to ensure that elders remain an integral part of the community. Another aspect that is exciting are the affinity-based communities that gather groups of people that have a mutual interest such as art, music or life long learning - and providing environments that support these pursuits.

Often we get involved in working in existing building (sometime buildings that do not age gracefully) and help owners transform them to become appropriate for aging in the community.

About the Presenter/s

Ruth Neeman is a registered architect with more than 30 years of experience in planning, design and research focusing exclusively on environments that enable elders and support independence and aging with dignity. Supportive environments for elders and particularly those living with cognitive impairment is a special interest that has lead to ongoing professional alliances with experts in the field and initiation of Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) research work on several of her projects. Ruth's special, and personal interest in the impact of the appropriate environment on well being of elders has led her to serve as the Co-Chair of the Design for Aging committee of the Boston Society of Architects since 2008, contributing to education and lively exchange of ideas among architects designers scientists, regulators and owners.

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Designing for Community, Aging and Energy Efficiency

Presented by Charles Durrett, AIA -- The Father of Cohousing in the U.S.
Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D., AIA -- Dean, College of Architecture & Planning, UofU
Dave Brach, AIA, -- Principle, Brach Design LLC

Session Description

This educational panel discussion gives an overview of three key design elements you need to understand before planning a senior-friendly cohousing community. A successful community design will encourage social interaction, provide ample space for privacy, prepare for an aging population and promote environmental stewardship for living lighter on the planet.

Charles Durrett, AIA – Designing for a Strong Sense of Community
The best design includes an interlocking set of common indoor and outdoor spaces that supplement private living areas and encourage incidental interactions that over time foster deep, life-long relationships; an interlocking of the physical and the social. Building a highly functioning cohousing community requires that the residents remain true to the UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE of cohousing. Chuck will share the cohousing design elements that create a strong sense of community and why McCamant & Durrett Architects approaches environmental design as much like anthropologists as architects.

Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D., AIA – Designing for an Aging Population
The best design includes features that further both agency and belonging in older adults. These include features of inclusive design that permit continued use by those experiencing physical and/or cognitive challenges such as design elements that enable visitability of the home, but also design features that allow for self-display, passive and active engagement and the importance of place-identity.

David Brach, AIA – Designing for Energy Efficiency & Net Zero Design Features
How would you craft a dwelling if there were no electrical grid or natural gas infrastructure to plug into? The architecture would truly need to be oriented toward the human body an it's relationship with the local weather, climate and landscape. This is what we call PASSIVE DESIGN—achieving a cozy interior milieu in winter, and an oasis from the blazing heat in summer without negatively impacting climate or ecosystem. We approach the building design from the standpoint that every kilowatt-hour of energy is a precious gift from the sun.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this session, attendees will:
1. Understand of the unique architecture of a cohousing
2. Understand that community must receive as much consideration as privacy in the design process.
3. Understand the principles and aspirations of inclusive design
4. Identify design elements that may enable greater continuity for older adults in their chosen home
5. Be able to describe the main principles of climate-specific Passive Design
6. Be able to describe the technical definition of a Zero-Energy building

About the Presenter/s

Charles Durrett, AIA, Principle, McCamant & Durrett Architects, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves . They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook . Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.

Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D., AIA | Dean, College of Architecture & Planning, UofU
Dean Moore earned a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 2000. He is a registered architect with experience in a wide range of professional roles in Illinois, New York and Wisconsin. He is also an accomplished scholar who examines the intersection of culture and design, with emphasis on environmental design for aging populations. During his tenure at Kansas, Dr. Moore instituted a new doctoral program in architecture, interdisciplinary internship and study abroad programs, and sustainable building efforts.
Diaz Moore, K.(2014). “Ecological Model of Place for the Aging.” International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79(3):. Published, 11/2014.

David Brach, AIA | Principle, Brach Design LLC
Dave is a Registered Architect in Utah and expert in Passive and Zero-energy Architecture. His firm has been at the forefront of integrating building-science-based computer energy modeling with architectural design to achieve zero impact homes and apartments since 2008. He also travels and teaches other architects across North America as an instructor for the Passive House Institute U.S. His work has been published in numerous local and national magazines, blogs, and books, including ECO Living by Chris Van Uffelen published by Braun in 2012.

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Development Scenarios: Which Is Right for Your Community? (Breakout Session)

Presented by Kathryn (Katie) McCamant, CoHousing Solutions

Session Description

Examining different development scenarios: How do we actually get our project built? How have other groups done this? Should we self-develop? Do we need a developer? What do developers do? How do we find one? What other professionals do we need? Katie McCamant, who has worked as an architect, project manager, development consultant, and developer with cohousing groups for the last 30 years will present how other senior cohousing groups have gotten their projects built, outlining the pluses and minuses of different development scenarios, and using real case studies of past and current projects to help participants evaluate the best way for their community to move forward.

About the Presenter/s

One of the nation’s leading cohousing experts, Katie’s designed and developed dozens of communities. She and her husband, Chuck Durrett, introduced cohousing to North America with Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities. She has been integral in developing multiple senior cohousing communities, including Wolf Creek Lodge (CA) and Oakcreek Cohousing (OK).

Additional Information

This session would be an excellent preparation for the session Getting Started: Working with a Developer that focuses on the details of partnering with a developer.

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Drawing Board to Reality: Aligning with Stakeholders* to address the Big Three--Quality of Life, Cost of Care, and Affordability (Breakout Session)

Presented by Wendy Willbanks Wiesner, Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing

Session Description

(*Stakeholders = financial intermediaries, impact funds, community loan funds, health care-focused entities, housing development organizations, community/economic development offices, non-profits, foundations, agencies, faith-based organizations, and neighborhoods).

From start to finish in the life of a project, professional expertise, marketing savvy, adequate working capital, and access to equity and debt finance are crucial. Whether your challenge is funding pre-development, securing reasonably-priced land, growing a forming group, or securing construction and mortgage loans, there are organizations that can help you, and you can help them.

Mutually beneficial collaborations, partnerships and working relationships can make a project and everyone involved with it better. Fears of having strings attached and losing control can be replaced with the reality of a less expensive, healthier, vibrant, grounded and more highly-contributing project.

Because the cohousing model offers a desirable and cost-effective solution for challenging economic, social and environmental problems, our public, private, and non-profit entities are naturally intrigued. Cohousing that is focused on the needs and wants of seniors is especially interesting, because unlike other senior-related investment, cohousing impacts the Big Three of Aging--Quality of Life, Cost of Care, and Affordability--in a thoroughly unique way, where compromising in one of these areas doesn't mean a mandatory sacrifice in another.

Turning this curiosity and interest into a commitment to invest time and resources to make a project real is the challenge.

About the Presenter/s

Wendy Willbanks Wiesner is Executive Director of Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC). After experiencing the development and completion of a large infill development with affordable housing within her neighborhood, she was compelled to find a better social, economic, and environmental solution. Thankfully, she found cohousing. Making cohousing communities more affordable, and making affordable housing more like cohousing--this is her work. Wendy lives in Denver, Colorado. More broadly referred to by locals as the Front Range of Colorado, cohousing development in this area (especially in Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, and Littleton) is booming.

Additional Information

In this session, we will:

1) Examine the collaborations and partnerships that have successfully attracted resources in the past and are well-positioned to work well in the future;

2) Pose strategies for expanding partnerships into broad community coalitions that are focused upon Quality of Life, Cost of Care, and Affordability;

3) Separate public and private partners into categories and identify sources for finding them;

4) Zero-in on what kinds of institutions/entities are most likely to appreciate cohousing and why;

5) Determine how to pick the right institutional collaborator and match it with a project's specific resource needs; and

6) Think about the key aspects of cohousing that can translate into a compelling shared vision, and customize it to meet local market conditions and opportunities.

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Enriched Living through Intergenerational Downsizing and Sharing (Breakout Session)

Presented by Hans G Ehrbar, Wasatch Commons

Session Description

What kind of planning is necessary so that a cohousing community can mature into a stable intergenerational community, instead of drifting into a NORC state (naturally occurring retirement community)? I will try to answer this question in combination with another type of conscious planning necessary today: how to gracefully transition into lifestyles with much smaller ecological footprints, so that our children and grandchildren can have a future? This second task is especially challenging because it is often unacknowledged, and the cultural, economic, and institutional practices in place in the USA are based on expansion instead of contraction of our already opulent consumption.

I will argue that a cohousing community has just the right mix of intimacy and independence that community members can, as a group, overcome some of the constraints which keep our society on an unsustainable path. Creative solutions are possible which make the cohousing community beautiful and allow cohousers to become lifestyle pioneers emulated by others in and outside of cohousing. And the older generation has an active role to play in this.

This talk is based on the experiences of and discussions in Wasatch Commons, the only cohousing community in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Presenter

Hans grew up in Germany and studied mathematics in Munich, Germany. Between 1971 and 1979, he worked at an assembly line in Detroit trying to win workers over for socialism. He studied economics at University of Michigan, and is now a retired Economics Professor at University of Utah. In the last 10 years, Hans has been studying and teaching environmental policy, energy policy, and how to overcome global warming denial. He has also have been active in the environmental movement in Salt Lake City.

Additional Information

This talk will give a better understanding of the local Wasatch Commons cohousing community which conference members are able to visit.

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From Zero to Done: Oakcreek Community in Three Years

Presented by Patricia Darlington, PhD

Session Description

“Just regular” people in Stillwater, Oklahoma went from vision to move-in in three years. This is the story of dreams, values, hard work, and miracles which forms a blueprint that you can follow to create your own successful senior cohousing community.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will recognize the importance of the vision of cohousing
• Participants will learn how to name and market the vision
• Participants will learn the parallel process of building a community of people and building a beautiful neighborhood of homes
• Participants will learn what we did right; what we did wrong; and, how it all came together in a very successful way
• Participants will learn that “How we get there is where we arrive.”
• Participants will be affirmed in the fact that all of the hard work is definitely worth it

About the Presenter/s

Patricia (Pat) Darlington, PhD is one of the founder/developers of Oakcreek Community and is a licensed psychologist (HSP) in Oklahoma, with a solo private practice in Stillwater.

I love learning and maybe you could say I collect degrees.
Educational background includes PhD (Educational Psychology) and MS (Community Counseling) from Oklahoma State University; MA (Religious Education) Loyola University New Orleans; and, BS (Dental Hygiene) University of Missouri-Kansas City. Note well: none of my degrees would prepare me to build a cohousing community...and all of them did!

I have lived in Oklahoma for 40-years and in Stillwater for 37. Over the years have served numerous organizations including the Stillwater Board of Education and Stillwater Library Board. I am currently in first term on the Stillwater City Council and serve as Vice Mayor of Stillwater.

I am one of the founder/developers of Oakcreek Community. Oakcreek is the first and only cohousing community in Oklahoma and the 6th senior cohousing community in the United States.

I am most proud of my 4-grown children, their spouses and my 9-fabulous grandchildren.

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Getting Started: Working with a Developer (Breakout Session)

Presented by Lew Bowers, PDX Commons; Eric Cress, UD+P; Kathryn (Katie) McCamant, CoHousing Solutions

Session Description

We are interested in sharing our experience in working with (and as) developers of cohousing communities for our elder population. Lew Bowers and Eric Cress have recent “on the ground” experience developing PDX Commons, an urban, mixed use senior cohousing project in Portland, Oregon. Katie McCamant needs no introduction, and can provide a broader perspective and compare-and-contrast analysis of PDX Commons’ development models versus the broad range of models that are available and have been implemented.

Our presentation would address substantive issues such as:
- Why work with a professional developer and if so, how and when to engage them?
- How should communities structure agreements with a developer?
- How much should you pay a developer?
- What does a developer need to partner with a cohousing group?
- When should we approach a developer
- What additional consultants are necessary and how much do they cost, and what is their value?

About the Presenter/s

Lew Bowers is one of PDX Commons' burning souls. His vocation is urban development. He's been the Central City Manager for the Portland Development Commission for the last 13 years. Lew is committed to cohousing because he thrives in communities and wants to have one that that is physically proximate.

One of the nation’s leading cohousing experts, Katie McCamant has designed and developed dozens of communities. She and her husband, Chuck Durrett, introduced cohousing to North America with Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities. She has been integral in developing multiple senior cohousing communities, including Wolf Creek Lodge (CA) and Oakcreek Cohousing (OK).

Additional Information

We feel that a joint presentation that represents both the developer perspective as well as the community-member perspective will create an engaging and informative conversation among the presenters and participants.

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How the Heck Did They Find Us? (Breakout Session)

Presented by Bob and Claire Miller, Wolf Creek Lodge

Session Description

We will describe how the Marketing Team at Wolf Creek Lodge, a senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, CA, has attempted to spread the word about Wolf Creek Lodge to attract visitors and ultimately members.

We identify our target audience and the influence of location.

We will examine print advertising, public radio, presentations, forums, movers and shakers, friends, word of mouth, free ink, social media, newsletter, websites and cooperation with other communities. We will report on what has worked and what has not.

We will describe how we are organized to follow up leads, encourage visits, sell the community and convert visitors into members.

We will discuss why recruiting senior cohousers is challenging.

Session Objectives
Attendees will receive information on which to base a marketing strategy.
They will learn about a process to follow up leads and convert them into community members.

About the Presenter/s

Claire and Bob are members of Wolf Creek Lodge, a senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, California. Wolf Creek Lodge construction was completed at the end of 2012. Claire was born and spent her youth in Saskatchewan Canada. Bob was born in England but spent his high school and college years in Scotland. They met in England, married and had two children. In 1978 they moved to Massachusetts where they lived for 25 years. Claire has had various careers but most significantly was a nurse, trainee midwife and Kitchen Designer. Bob worked in the computer industry and still works very part time work in this field. They have both always been active in their local Unitarian Universalist congregations. In 2004 they retired from Massachusetts to Truckee, CA in the northern Sierra. They became avid cross country and downhill skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. On moving to Wolf Creek Lodge Claire served as the bookkeeper and was a leading contributor to the landscape team. Bob has focused on the technical team and marketing. Having survived on planet earth for over 70 years they look forward to many more in the company of their cohousing neighbors.
Bob Miller, bob [at] sierramiller [dot] com, 530-205-5047 (c)
info [at] wolfcreeklodge [dot] org, 800-558-3775 (voice mail)
www.wolfcreeklodge.org

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How to Build a Great Team (Breakout Session)

Presented by Linda Herman and Jayni Allsep, Linda Herman Consulting

Session Description

While the magic of cohousing is the unique social contract created within the community, it begins fundamentally as a real estate development project. However, most people don’t decide to live in cohousing because they want to be a developer, and most potential cohousers have never managed a development project.

Creating a cohousing community is a complex yet ordered process that requires a strong collaborative team effort. Understanding the process – how to get from property acquisition to move-in day – is an important first step. Knowing who needs to be on your team is equally important.

In this session, we will provide a detailed overview of the development process, the community-building process, and the team needed to achieve success. We’ll provide information on how to find the right professionals, criteria for hiring, negotiating contracts and fees, roles and responsibilities, and most importantly, what to expect from yourself and your team.

About the Presenter/s

Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process. LHC is currently completing a 41 unit co-housing project for active adults in Oakland, CA. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator and LEED Accredited Professional.

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If It Doesn’t Work Socially, Why Bother? (Breakout Session)

Presented by Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company

Session Description

Dr. Bill Thomas wrote, “If you took twenty seniors, put them on a boat to a desert island, they’d do a better job of taking care of themselves than any institution that we have yet to create.”

Across the globe, new and “innovative” solutions are trying to solve the senior housing challenge, only to fail due to lack of buy-in from the community. Charles Durrett says, “Forget trying to reinvent the wheel. The answers do exist – it’s a matter of addressing our social beliefs and asking if they will bring us happiness.” Durrett will explain the importance of being authentic and listening to the community when addressing senior housing. He will also explain why crafting a well fitting glove in a facilitated process is one of the keys to success.

About the Presenter

Charles Durrett, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves . They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook .

Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.

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Marketing Matters: A Roadmap for Growing Your Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by Victoria Stone, Future Perfect Living

Session Description

There are three marketing phases involved with creating a cohousing community. This session focuses on the first phase: Growing Your Community/Building Your Brand. (Other phases are Community Development and Community Stabilization).

What is the purpose of marketing? To communicate with, connect and engage your target audience with your community’s vision/mission as well as the value and benefits it provides that meet specific needs.

This session will address:
- Who Is Involved in the Community Marketing Effort
- What you need before you begin – CRM
- Creating your Key Marketing Message and Building Your Brand
- What to consider in creating your Key Message
- Customizing Communication to your Audience
- Developing a Marketing Plan

About the Presenter/s

Victoria’s work in senior living began in 2002 as Project Director for Hyatt’s Continuing Care Retirement Community in Palo Alto, CA. She subsequently worked marketing ground-up development projects for AgeSong, Episcopal Senior Communities, and Sunrise’s Condo for Life.
In 2009 she founded Future Perfect Living to focus on developing and marketing new models of housing and services for older adults. Clients have included a senior co-housing community as well as a cloud-based platform to deliver services to older adults in their homes.

Additional Information

A handout will be provided with Marketing Roadmap information for future reference.

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Marketing Your InterGenerational Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by Kathryn (Katie) McCamant, CoHousing Solutions

Session Description

Senior-friendly InterGenerational communities naturally include families and children. But attracting families can be a challenge for the many cohousing communities - both forming and established - populated primarily by empty-nester baby boomers and great generation members. We’ll share effective ways to profile your community as a great neighborhood for both families and elders, and how to raise your visibility as being “child friendly” in addition to being “senior friendly.” We’ll consider a profile of the people and families you want to attract and how best to reach them with target marketing, including social media and family-friendly events. We’ll touch on creative financial models in providing affordable options for the people and families you want to attract. Finally, we’ll talk about the power of developing a waiting list of people and families wanting to live with you. There will also be room to share stories about marketing efforts that have proven to be successful.

About the Presenter/s

One of the nation’s leading cohousing experts, Katie’s designed and developed dozens of communities. She and her husband, Chuck Durrett, introduced cohousing to North America with Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities. She has been integral in developing multiple senior cohousing communities, including Wolf Creek Lodge (CA) and Oakcreek Cohousing (OK).

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Multi-Generational Households in Multi-Generational Cohousing (Breakout Session)

Presented by Catya Belfer, Mosaic Commons

Session Description

How can we adapt our homes and our lives to include our elders? In multi-generational cohousing neighbourhoods, there are many households with three generations. There are also three-generation families split across multiple units!

What do we need to do to physically adapt our homes, or to design for adaptability? As important, how do all three generations find a good emotional and community way of living?

About the Presenter/s

Cat is the Technical Director for Coho/US and lives at Mosaic Commons in Berlin, Massachusetts. She says "My teenage son Zach and I have lived with my mom Pat for coming up on three years. Our homes were designed adaptably and wow have we taken advantage of that, with more to come!"

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Planning Early for the Golden Years: Starting an Intergenerational Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by Grace Kim, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing | Schemata Workshop

Session Description

Before he passed, Grace Kim's 81-year old grandfather-in-law used to say, “Why would I want to hang out with a bunch of people my age? They are just waiting around to die.” This sentiment is shared by many who aspire to live in an intergenerational cohousing community. These individuals desire the vibrancy and activity of young families to be an integral part of their lives, and at the same time seek a social network that will allow them to age in community for much longer than living in a conventional home or apartment.

In her early 40’s, Grace decided that she wanted to plan intentionally for her golden years. She and her husband purchased commercial property in an urban Seattle neighborhood and started an intergenerational cohousing community that was completed earlier this year. She will share the story of her community’s process, timeline, and unique ownership structure; as well as identifying common pitfalls to avoid and resources available to get started.

About the Presenter/s

Grace Kim is an architect and founding principal of Schemata Workshop. Grace is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing with a focus on Common House Design. She is a frequent presenter at senior housing and affordable housing conferences. She has written a design guide for cohousing common spaces and has visited over 80 cohousing communities.

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Planning for Aging in YOUR Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, LifeEncore™

Session Description

This interactive session will pose key questions about the future to participants already living in community. These questions will be discussed and recorded in small groups and then shared (by discretion) more widely. Participants will receive a planning guide to help them capture and later share their ideas with their home communities.

The key questions:
1. How will you support those in your community who become unable to play a working role?
2. What alterations can you make in your common areas to make them more accessible for older members of your community?
3. What systems can you put in place to enable older, less mobile members to continue to live in community with you?
4. What level of caregiving are you, personally, willing to offer elders in your community?
5. What level of caregiving are you, personally, willing to receive from members of your community?

About the Presenter/s

Dr. Sara Zeff Geber is a professional in the field of retirement and aging. Her business, LifeEncore,™ focuses on workshops and on one-on-one coaching to prepare for retirement and aging. She is a compelling speaker and facilitator and frequently delivers talks on the challenges ahead as we move into our later years.

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Senior Cohousing 101 (Intensive, 10:00am-5:00 pm, May 19)

This pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $115.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. This price includes lunch.

Presented by Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company

Session Description

Join architect and author Charles Durrett for Senior Cohousing 101. In this inspiring pre-game show, you will learn why senior cohousing is such a big deal today and how to get them started. In this session, become aware of current challenges, including the influx of an aging society, and learn why cohousing is a successful model to combatting this challenge. Learn how to get a senior cohousing community started in your town, how to talk to your town officials, and how to appeal to your fellow citizens to stimulate a critical mass - a tipping of sorts for your peers.

Mr. Durrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a pioneer in the cohousing movement in the U.S. – a movement that is celebrating 25 years! Since the 1980’s his firm, McCamant & Durrett Architects (also known as The Cohousing Company) has been institutional in the creation of over 50 successful cohousing communities and, with the partnership of Kathryn McCamant, owner of Cohousing Solutions, teaches architects and community leaders how to start successful cohousing communities around the globe.

About the Presenter

Charles Durrett, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves . They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook .

Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 19, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm requires an additional fee of $115.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Senior or Multigenerational Cohousing: Which will Work Best for You? (General Session)

Facilitated by Angela Sanguinetti, PhD

Session Description

Seniors in and out of cohousing often debate the merits of living in a single generation community, especially one designed for the needs of older folks, or living with people of all ages, multi-generational, and particularly children. The purpose of this general session is to hear from residents of both forms of cohousing communities about their experiences and what they see as the strengths and weaknesses of their living situation. Perhaps this will help you to decide which is best for you, or to seek a change from your current community.

Senior Cohousing Panel
Jim Leach, Silver Sage Village (Boulder CO)
Bob Miller, Wolf Creek Lodge (Grass Valley CA)
Pat Darlington, Oakcreek Community (Stillwater OK)

MultiGenerational Cohousing Panel
David Entin, Rocky Hill Cohousing (Northhampton MA)
Joani Blank, Swan's Market Cohousing (Oakland CA)
Philip Dowds, Cornerstone Village Cohousing (Cambridge MA)

About the Facilitator

Angela Sanguinetti is an environmental psychologist, and a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, where she leads the Consumer Energy Interfaces Lab. Dr. Sanguinetti led a group of cohousing researchers and professionals in conducting a national survey of cohousing residents in 2012, sponsored by Coho/US and Mid-Atlantic Cohousing. She is a pioneering member of the Cohousing Research Network (CRN) and has published academic research about cohousing and intentional communities. Dr. Sanguinetti is interested in creative ways to bring the spirit of cohousing to the mainstream. Her research has identified common activities that are critical to achieving the personal, social, and environmental benefits of cohousing; examined accessibility of retrofit cohousing; and experimented to determine influences of message-framing on perceptions of and attitudes toward the concept of cohousing.

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THE POWER OF PURPOSE: How to Unlock Your Purpose (Keynote Presentation)

Presented by Richard J. Leider

Session Description

"Why do you get up in the morning?" We all want to find our purpose, eventually -- that thing that gives us deep meaning and gives us a clear reason to get up in the morning. Find that reason and we live longer, better. Purpose fuels us with passion and an aim in life. During life's inevitable transitions, purpose gives us the will not just to live, but to live long and well. Purpose is not just for a gifted few, but something that each one of us already has and can unlock.

Based on Richard Leider's all new 3d edition of his classic bestseller, THE POWER OF PURPOSE and his popular PBS Special -- THE POWER OF PURPOSE -- Leider will share fresh new tools and insights into how an increased sense of purpose can improve our health, healing, happiness, longevity, and creative productivity. Purpose is fundamental and gives life meaning. Leider details a graceful, practical, and ultimately spiritual process for making it central to your daily life.

About the Presenter/s

Richard J. Leider, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker and founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.”

Richard’s ten books, including three best sellers, have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field. Richard’s “inventures” in writing books have taken him to events with readers in all 50 states, every Canadian province, and 15 countries.

As co-author of Life Reimagined, he is the Chief Curator of content for AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute. Widely viewed as a visionary and thought leader on the “power of purpose”, his work is featured regularly in many media sources, including PBS public television, and NPR public radio. He is featured in the PBS Special – The Power of Purpose.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), and a National Certified Master Career Counselor (MCC). As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project. He is co-chairman and dean of the World Purpose Forum, co-chairman of the Linkage/Global Institute for Leadership Development.

Richard’s work has been recognized with awards from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship and the Fielding Institute’s Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award.

For 30 years, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa, where he co-founded and is a board member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania. He and his wife, Sally, live on the St. Croix river outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The Elephant in the Common Room: Old and In the Way (Breakout Session)

Presented by Janice Blanchard, President, Aging Better Together
Ann Zabaldo, Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing

Session Description

“Old and in the way, that's what I heard them say
They used to heed the words he said, but that was yesterday
Gold will turn to gray and youth will fade away
They'll never care about you, call you old and in the way.”
– David Grisman, “Old & in the Way”

Senior cohousing is a pioneering model of “aging in community”-- a grassroots movement of like-minded citizens who come together to create systems of mutual support and caring in order to enhance health and well-being, improve quality of life, and maximize our ability to remain at home and meaningfully connected to our communities until the day we die.

Where the rubber hits the road with these noble goals is when we move beyond the glow of “active, vibrant aging” and into the shadows of our “twilight years.” At this life stage our care needs often become greater, more personal and ongoing until we die. Statistically, 70% of Americans 65 and older today will need an average of 3 years of long-term care assistance. If we are to create a viable alternative to the current options we must address the elephant in the common room: How will we provide for long-term care?

This session provides an overview of how senior cohousing currently is meeting – and falling short – of the goals of aging in community, followed by a facilitated discussion with attendees in exploring the challenges and opportunities in creating a viable alternative to other long-term care options.

Two follow-up sessions at the conference will provide: 1) a review of promising practices, strategic partnerships and other resources that can enhance the capacity of communities to provide long-term care within cohousing, and 2) a “collaboratory café” that draws on participants’ lifetime skills and wisdom, as well as their knowledge learned throughout the conference to create new strategies to close the care-gaps in their community. Participants will also be eligible to continue their learning in a “community of practice” centered on creating, testing and expanding the care options for aging in community.

About the Presenter/s

Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Ann Zabaldo is both a pioneer volunteer and a paid professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls. Past president Coho/US; Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing; founding member and resident Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC.

Additional Information

"The Elephant in the Common Room" is the first of three in a series.
While all three are designed to stand alone, their full power is realized in attending all three:
#1 - The Elephant in the Common Room: Old and in the Way
#2 - The Elephant Never Forgets: The Power of the Herd
#3 - The Elephant’s Graveyard: Bringing the Old Bones Home

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The Elephant’s Graveyard: Bringing the Old Bones Home (Breakout Session)

Presented by Janice Blanchard, President, Aging Better Together
Ann Zabaldo, Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing

Session Description

The elephant’s graveyard is a myth that alleges that when elephants become gravely ill, old and/or frail, they leave the herd to go to a special place where other elephants have gone before them to spend their last days before eventually dying. While this is a myth for elephants, it is close to the truth for humans today.

Up until the early 20th century, most Americans “aged in community” – they lived out their final years at home until they died with the support and care of family, friends and neighbors. Most Americans still wish to be cared for and to die at home. However, 70 percent go by choice or force to a “special place” to die – a hospital, nursing home or long-term-care facility. Only 25 percent rest their weary old bones down one last time at home. A growing barrier for many to fulfill their wishes of staying out of institutions is the “care-gap” – the lack of support they have at home for the period between when chronic and/or acute illness begins and before hospice and/or life ends.

This interactive “collaboratory café” draws on participants’ lifetime skills, wisdom, and experience with their own loved ones, as well as new knowledge gained from the conference, to create innovative strategies to close the care-gaps in their community. Participants will also be eligible to continue their learning in a “community of practice” post-conference centered on creating, testing and expanding the care options for aging in community.

About the Presenter/s

Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Ann Zabaldo is both a pioneer volunteer and a paid professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls. Past president Coho/US; Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing; founding member and resident Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC.

Additional Information

"The Elephant’s Graveyard: Bringing the Old Bones Home" is the third of three in a series.
While all three are designed to stand alone, their full power is realized in attending all three:
#1 - The Elephant in the Common Room: Old and in the Way
#2 - The Elephant Never Forgets: The Power of the Herd
#3 - The Elephant’s Graveyard: Bringing the Old Bones Home

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The Quimper Village Story: How to Grow a Senior Cohousing Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by David and Patricia Hundhausen, Carolyn Salmon from Quimper Village

Session Description

Quimper Village is a beautiful 28-unit senior cohousing community currently under construction in Port Townsend, Washington. The community is the first senior cohousing community in the state and, due to forward-thinking individuals working together, will be completed in record time. Listen to the residents themselves share how they pulled off this remarkable feat. Get a glimpse into their process, and learn why Quimper Village stands as a model for senior cohousing communities across the globe.

Session Learning Objectives

• Learn how we organized a successful introductory session
• Learn how we marketed our village
• Learn how we have continued to build community
• Learn how we use Dynamic Governance to run our meetings
• Learn when we can ‘do it ourselves’ and when we need a professional
• Learn how we set up our legal and financial structure

About the Presenter/s

David Hundhausen is the chair of the Marketing Team and a member of the Membership Team for Quimper Village. David is a retired Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre. He has been active with a number of community theaters and founded PlayMakers, a children’s theater program connected with the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Pat Hundhausen, with her husband, David, began the conversation about senior cohousing in their community through a public presentation and the facilitation of a course on options for aging. In life before Quimper Village, Pat was a special education teacher, administrator, and a group facilitator. Now, she co-chairs the Quimper Village Process Team

Carolyn Salmon is the leader of the Quimper Village Finance & Legal Team. During her working life she was a microbiologist (BA), financial planner (MBA), realtor, mortgage originator and environmental regulator. She likes researching, crunching numbers, educating folks and is persistent. Carolyn loves a challenge. Building a cohousing community is challenging.

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The Spirit of Culture - Cultural Competency for Cohousers (Breakout)

Presented by Alan O'Hashi, Silver Sage Village

Session Description

Getting along with one another and valuing differences are important skills when joining the American version of cohousing. In this interactive workshop, participants will be led through a personal journey about how their pasts inform the present and how to move into the future. Participants will learn skills to assist their communities function more efficiently by getting to know their neighbors betters.

About the Presenter/s

Alan O'Hashi provides tailor-made cultural competency training and facilitation – short term, half day / full day. His work includes training for a variety of groups, including youth services, victim services and three housing organizations in Denver. He is a graduate of the Visiones Advanced Leadership Training which develops transformational leadership skills and consensus - building. Alan is a member of Silver Sage Village in Boulder, Colorado.

Additional Information

I have particular experience working with housing related audiences. I provided Rocky Mountain Housing Development Corporation and the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics facilitation for the year-long implementation of the Denver Foundation Expanding Non-Profit Inclusiveness Initiative which includes developing policies and procedures. Coordinated among RMHDC Diversity Committee, including three housing developments in Denver, Lakewood and Arvada.

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When the Developer Leads the Way (Breakout Session)

Presented by Jim Leach, Linda Herman and Eric Cress

Session Description

TBD, but promises to be inspiring for communities wanting to work with developers

About the Presenter/s

Jim Leach, Wonderland Hill Development Company and Silver Sage Village
As the founding principal at Wonderland Hill Development Company, and senior adviser and consultant for CoHousing Solutions, Jim has pioneered cohousing development in the United States since he first partnered with the Nyland Community in 1991. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Jim was one of the first developers to pioneer master planned communities developed with open space, walking trails and solar access. He has developed 20 cohousing communities in Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and California. In 1997 the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver inducted Jim into the “BUILT GREEN Hall of Fame.” In 2015, he was inducted into the National Homebuilders Association Home of Fame. He lives with his wife in Silver Sage Village—one of the first cohousing developments in North America created expressly for proactive adults.

Linda Herman, Linda Herman Consulting
Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process. LHC is currently completing a 41 unit co-housing project for active adults in Oakland, CA. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator and LEED Accredited Professional.

Eric Cress, Urban Development+Partners
An engineer and designer by training, Eric is drawn to innovative new ideas that make our communities better places to live. At UD+P, Eric concentrates on acquisition, development, finance, and property management. He oversees budgets and the acquisition-to-construction phase of new projects, and he initiates loans for our private real estate funds. Before UD+P, Eric was a project manager at Pacific Bay Investments in Berkeley, California. Prior to that, Eric managed engineering projects for Cypress Semiconductor, Maple Optical Systems, Leapfrog Toys, and the National Science Foundation. Eric holds eight patents and has published several papers related to this work. He earned an MBA with a focus in real estate finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.

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Working Together: Getting the Work Done (Breakout Session)

Presented by Bob and Claire Miller, Wolf Creek Lodge

Session Description

We will report how Wolf Creek Lodge, a senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, CA, is organized to get the work done. We do much ourselves and but hire out some work out to others.

We will describe our teams, delegation, supervision and reporting. We will discuss why there are differing levels of participation, how members react to differing participation levels and how this relates to taking decisions by consensus. We will consider different ways of contributing and how members are motivated in different ways. We will consider how “working together” builds the Wolf Creek Lodge community.

We have conducted focus groups to understand the feelings of community members after three years together.

Participants will role play to better appreciate the social dynamics.

Session Objectives
Learn what work needs to be done in a senior cohousing community.
Learn how to get organized to do it.
Understand motivation, participation levels, individual skills and aptitude, capabilities, ageing.

About the Presenter/s

Claire and Bob are members of Wolf Creek Lodge, a senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, California. Wolf Creek Lodge construction was completed at the end of 2012. Claire was born and spent her youth in Saskatchewan Canada. Bob was born in England but spent his high school and college years in Scotland. They met in England, married and had two children. In 1978 they moved to Massachusetts where they lived for 25 years. Claire has had various careers but most significantly was a nurse, trainee midwife and Kitchen Designer. Bob worked in the computer industry and still works very part time work in this field. They have both always been active in their local Unitarian Universalist congregations. In 2004 they retired from Massachusetts to Truckee, CA in the northern Sierra. They became avid cross country and downhill skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. On moving to Wolf Creek Lodge Claire served as the bookkeeper and was a leading contributor to the landscape team. Bob has focused on the technical team and marketing. Having survived on planet earth for over 70 years they look forward to many more in the company of their cohousing neighbors.
Bob Miller, bob [at] sierramiller [dot] com, 530-205-5047 (c)
info [at] wolfcreeklodge [dot] org, 800-558-3775 (voice mail)
www.wolfcreeklodge.org

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2016 Aging Better Together: Sponsors

We thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible and for showing their commitment to creating senior-friendly cohousing communities across the U.S.

Catalyst Sponsors

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logo Urban Development Partners

Supporting Sponsors

KFA Cohousing Partners
FIC NCBAMD Lifespan Home Modification

Community Sponsors

Village Hearth Fair Oaks EcoHousing Silver Sage Wasatch Commons

Become a sponsor! download our sponsorship portfolio

Reach out to 300+ attendees, 10,000 subscribers to Coho/US, and our larger network of 40,000 including

  • People who live in cohousing or are forming cohousing communities
  • People learning about cohousing models of resiliency, sustainability and quality of life
  • Architects, developers and city planners interested in building sustainable communities

To secure your sponsorship title, and be included in all online and print promotions, we encourage your sponsorship commitment by January 25, 2016.
To explore opportunities, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org.

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2016 Aging Better Together: Venue & Lodging

University Guest House and Conference Center

University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center is located on Salt Lake’s east bench amidst the pristine beauty of Historic Fort Douglas. This unique venue was the official 2001 Olympic Village and will allow us to create a Cohousing Village of our own for the weekend. It provides 180 guest rooms with 30,000 square feet of creative meeting spaces.

UofUWe encourage conference participants to stay at the Guest House.

Although the room block is sold out, The University Guest House has added a handful of rooms to our conference block for the peak nights of May 19, 20 and 21 at our conference rate. You may check availability with our group reservations coordinator Ariana (801-587-2308).
Discounted Room Rate at the University Guest House:
$109.00 (includes hot breakfast)
Reservations with discount rate available by phone only:
Toll Free 1.888.416.4075

For information on transportation to the Guest House, visit Conference Questions & Answers.

Marriott University Park
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcup-salt-lake-city-marriott-univ...
The Marriott University Park Hotel is just under 1 mile from the Conference Center at 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.
Discounted Conference Rate: $115.00
Click here for the reservation link to make online reservations
or call 1-800-228-9290 and reference the "COHO/US Room Block" with a Reservations Specialist:
Concessions:
• Complimentary Parking
• Complimentary Shuttle

Click here for Map of other Hotels nearby. (Note: prices listed on the map does not reflect pricing for the conference dates – please check with individual hotels for prices)

Visit www.universityguesthouse.com to learn more about the facility. The Guest House address is 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036. For information on transportation to the Guest House, visit Conference Questions & Answers.

Guest House Amenities

In Room:

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave Oven
  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Full Bath
  • Satellite TV
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • ADA Accessible by Request
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voice Mail

Hotel:

  • Complimentary Hot Breakfast
  • Complimentary Overnight Parking
  • 24 Hour Desk
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fitness Room
  • Convenience Store
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet

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