Category: Aging-in-community


How can you leave your home?

When people learn I’m moving into cohousing, they often ask, “How can you leave your home? It’s so lovely and has so much character. And, you’ve made so many memories here.”  Yes, it’s true. I love my nearly 90 year old house in Florence Park, a mid-town neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve lived in it... Read More

AGOG – Actively Growing Older Gracefully

AGING GRACEFULLY IN MULTI-GENERATIONAL COHOUSING Have you noticed that folks in your cohousing community are getting older? You moved in five, or ten, or fifteen years ago and people who were in their fifties and sixties are now starting to look old and perhaps suffer from the effects of aging. Your community may have begun... Read More

Where will you live in the third half of your life? Isolation issues solved for seniors with Co-housing

Isolation is one of the key issues that we face as we age. Women more than men will be in this predicament as women tend to outlive their male partners. Are you rattling around in that big house on your own? Are you interested in ageing with people of similar interests? Lew Bowers from PDX... Read More

Community Co-Care Agreements

This is a compilation of posts on the coho-l email discussion list serve in late January 2017, in response to this inquiry: Does your community have formal or informal co-care agreements about how neighbors will support one another in their aging journey? Have you had discussions and if so, what questions guided the conversation to... Read More

The Inner Game of Aging Podcast

The Inner Game of Aging podcast features our own Cindy Turnquist this week! “What is co-housing? Wikipedia defines this as an “intentional community clustered around shared space”. But that barely scratches the surface of the possibilities inherent in the concept. Today’s guest, Cindy Turnquist, and Lee discuss this intriguing community concept and how it addresses... Read More

Aging Alone: The place to start when seeking a cohousing community

When aging alone and assessing places to live, the first thought an individual has, “How can I create an environment where I’m safe, independent, and not isolated?” That’s usually followed by, “And can I afford it:” It’s a collective thought that’s heard in the elder orphans Facebook group designed for people like me, over sixty... Read More

Senior Cohousing Provides Community Assistance with Living

Instead of assisted living, or managing a large home without help, cohousing creates a small neighborhood of independent individuals who all do what they are able in order to maintain a mutually beneficial and enjoyable community….Successful and dignified aging for most seniors means maintaining control over their own lives and not feeling burdensome to their... Read More

Planning for Aging in YOUR Community

Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, is a professional group process facilitator, a transition coach, and a gerontologist with a special focus on aging in community. She spoke on the topic of her article at the May 2016 Aging Better Together Cohousing Conference. Aging in Community…for many, it’s an idyllic thought. However, much as we would like... Read More

If you Lived Here, You Wouldn’t Isolate

Last week, I attended the Aging Better Together Cohousing Conference in Salt Lake City. Before the meeting, my knowledge and understanding of it was vague. The concept sounded intriguing and I looked forward to learning more. My assumptions of cohousing looked a lot like a senior independent living place that used a trendy name.Initially, the... Read More

Aging Better Together Conference – What an Impact

“This is the only place this conversation, about aging with support in community, is happening. Right here.” – Katie McCamant, CoHousing Solutions at the Aging Better Together Conference, May 2016 Indeed, the Aging Better Together Conference took the bull by the horns in addressing how cohousing can empower seniors to age successfully – and have... Read More