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.