Senior CoHousing - Not Your Grandmother's Retirement Home

by: Heather on 05/29/2009
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Interest in senior cohousing, already well established in socially progressive countries such as Denmark, is growing fast in North America. A recent USA Today article extols the virtues of growing older gracefully in community while avoiding the "plagues of aging" which can include isolation, boredom and helplessness. Residents are enthusiastic about the benefits of senior cohousing, which include living longer, healthier lives and enjoying a lower cost of living.

The ElderSpirit Community, featured in The Senior Cohousing Handbook by Charles Durrett, is dedicated to visioning and developing cohousing communities of mutual support and later-life spirituality for people 55+ years of age. Their goal is to provide an affordable and meaningful alternative lifestyle for older adults. They have completed one senior cohousing development in Abingdon, Virginia and are actively planning a second.

Another senior cohousing community described in Durett's book is Boulder's Silver Sage Village, who aims to be a small-scale neighborhood that provides a balance between personal privacy and living amidst people who know and care about each other. Watch their short video here.

To learn more about whether senior cohousing is for you or the elders in your life, and how to go about establishing a senior cohousing community, check out The Senior Cohousing Handbook, and if you're in BC, Washington, Oregon, California or Oregon, here's a list of upcoming appearances and book signings where you can meet the author (and maybe fellow interested cohousers) in person:

May 30, 2009
2585 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 345-8986

June 16, 2009, 5pm
The Bookseller
107 Mill Street
Grass Valley, CA
(530) 272-2131

June 19, 2009, 7:30pm
Elliott Bay Books
101 South Main Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 624-6600

June 29, 2009
University of British Columbia

July 9, 2009 7pm
Time Tested Books
1114 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-5696

July 18, 2009, 2pm
Borders Bookstore
243 Madonna Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 544-8222

September 11, 2009, 7:30pm
Builder's Booksource
1817 Fourth Street (Near Hearst)
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 845-6874

September 20, 2009, 4pm
Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA
(360) 671-2626

October 13, 2009, 6:30pm
Maria's Bookshop
960 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
(970) 247-1438

Senior Cohousing Handbook


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