[Editor's Comment: Please join Laird for this amazing opportunity at the Aging Better Together Conference!]
Back in early January Alice Alexander and I worked out an agreement for me to conduct a pre-conference half-day workshop entitled Community Conversations about Aging: What You Need to Talk about and How. It was scheduled for May 19, as a lead-in to the regional Aging Better Together cohousing conference, happening May 20-21 in Salt Lake City. At the time I figured this would be a natural extension of my ongoing work with cohousing groups (I’ve worked with about 60 of them over the past 18 years), and build nicely on the momentum I’ve observed among established communities who are increasingly questioning where they stand 10-20 years after being built. Now what, they’re asking, which includes some serious head scratching about how to handle an aging population—which is why the conference is timely.....Then things got complicated. At the end of January I went into the hospital with persistent lower back pain and discovered to my horror that I had cancer as a root cause.
Working Together Builds Community!
An exciting cohousing event is happening in Richmond, VA - Richmond Cohousing and The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design are hosting a roundtable discussion on the concept and design principles of cohousing and their role in reshaping modern domestic spaces. "Discover Cohousing: Sustainable Community Living" will be a great opportunity for the public, museum members, architects, designers, and all those interested in how design principles can impact community, to learn about cohousing. But the story behind the event also shows the connections and intentions it often takes to make these opportunities to happen.