Where will you live in the third half of your life? Isolation issues are solved for seniors with aging in community: inside the senior Cohousing movement.
Ending up on our own, loneliness and social isolation is something we all fear, especially in our senior years. Families are on the move and may end up interstate or overseas.
If you do live in the same town as your family it does not guarantee that you will see them every day. As we age we become less active and need to be able to access services and community close to our home.
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?
- Traditional retirement village models
- Apartment or condominium complex
- Make your own community with friends
- Senior Cohousing
Living in an apartment or condominium complex is popular as seniors do not want the responsibility of maintaining the large house and garden. Another choice out there is living in co-housing. This concept originated in Denmark. Co-housing is about building an intentional community and establishing a collaborative colony of supportive friends.
There are various models of co-housing. Lew Bowers from PDX Commons, a senior cohousing project in Portland, Oregon, explains how this new concept works. Could this be the solution for you, aging in community: inside the senior Cohousing movement?
1:00 Where are you going to live?
1:50 Community housing model
3:50 Origins of Co-housing
9:00 Social isolation Key Issue
11:20 Member driven
15:30 People in the Third half of there lives
19:40 Best and worst of co-housing
21:20 Urban Development partners
To connect with Lew online
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