Category: Seniors


Missing Cohousing

After living in cohousing for 15 years I moved to an independent living community for health reasons.  I’d been satisfied with my choice until the Covid-19 virus hit. All the shared living spaces in my new community were shut down, leaving the residents no way to connect.  The manager of our community is very ineffective... Read More

Kids and Seniors make great community

For most families it is easy to imagine the benefits of sharing a cohousing community with other families with kids the same age. Naturally the kids will play together, the parents will have peers moving through the same stages together, and carpooling to activities is likely. I want to take a moment to write about... Read More

Impact of Senior Cohousing

There is a senior housing crisis in this country. In the United States, traditional senior housing options aren’t meeting the needs of older adults. Many attempts to put seniors in community have proven to work short term, but funding and employee retention continue to strain these organizations. Senior support, like Meals on Wheels, drains local... Read More

Housing That Lessens Lonelines

A recent article on aging investigates cohousing’s potential to address the loneliness dilemma many older adults encounter when faced with the prospect of aging in place, isolated. “What if your housing choices in later life could mitigate that isolation? What if loneliness were to be replaced with meaningful connections?” the piece asks. These days,1 out... Read More

A New Look at Getting Older: Inspiring Adults 55+ to Support One Another and the Positive Impact it has on Housing and Livelihood.

The last nails are being hammered in. Fresh paint still clings to the damp air. In Port Townsend, Washington, residents of the newly-built Quimper Village Senior Cohousing eagerly await moving into the neighborhood that they co-designed. The neighborhood that not only symbolizes their desire to take an active role in their aging scenario, but also... Read More

The True Costs of Senior Housing

“We at Silver Sage strive to age-in-place. Given the caring support of our community, we can do so a lot longer than in many other aging care models,” says Art Okner. “Getting older is a long, fulfilling journey for most—you have a caring family, a good job, activities that you enjoy, and friends to share... Read More

Oakcreek Community – A Different Type of Senior Housing

“Having people watching out for you helps with the practical aspects of aging but the consensus government, shared work and shared spaces that are part of a place like Oakcreek Community meets important emotional and psychological needs. Having a sense of purpose and the social interaction that comes with living in community have both been... Read More

Elder Cohousing Research Symposium: Combating Social Isolation

Approximately seventy-five cohousers, researchers, aspiring cohousers, and graduate students attended a symposium on elder cohousing research in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 27, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and AARP. Among the presenters were Alice Alexander, Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the...

Where would you want to die? How would you want to die?

Here is the text of the letter I read at the Aging Better Together conference in Salt Lake City. My neurologist friend who wrote the letter has since given permission to use. Hey STEVEN Here are some facts from 2010: Medicare paid $55 billion just for doctor and hospital bills during the last two months... Read More

The Elephant in the Room

[Editor’s notes: this is a repost from Ann Zabaldo’s blog on MidAtlantic Cohousing]; join Ann Zabaldo and Janice Blanchard at the Aging Better Together conference.] Do you know that ** 90% of the care given to elders is given by family members? but … almost 25% of the population retiring now at age 65 are... Read More