|RE: Cohousing for Seniors||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Tue, 31 May 94 09:58 CDT|
Peter J Rotton asks: Comments concerning the following would be useful: 3) Does this really work for seniors? Sharingwood was founded by a senior and of the first five people to join, 3 were seniors. Sharingwood could have easily become a seniors community but it was realized by the founders that they did not want this sort of lifestyle. In particular they wanted a strong mixture of people and so when I and several other thirtysomethings with kids inquired many years ago we were skeptical because there was no one supporting kids at the time. One of the things which has been very wonderful for us is the balance we have now. About a third of our population is over 65. The grandmother types have all the kids they want, whenever they want. As a community we help out seniors with chores and other physical labor needed and often the seniors have helped out with financial help. One of our members does housekeeping as a business and a couple of the seniors are clients so they get household chores done. Community dinner is a real boon and our system allows people to eat without having to cook which has worked well for one of the elder bachelors (Mel 89 years young). Some of the older kids get hired out to do garden work and painting and the like and also the younger kids have developed special relationships. My two year old spends two hours every Tuesday with "grandma Rosemary" and my five year old gets chess lessons, cooking lessons, art opportunities and paper airplane sessions from the retired folks in our community. The seniors in our community are financially and physically independent. Since buy in costs for custom homes runs $150,000 and up we don't have any low income folks, although our two rental spaces could be used by such. We supported one of our seniors when she fell and broke her leg by doing meals and chores and such until she could get around, although family members helped her a lot also. I don't think we could provide full physical care on a volunteer basis for an elder but we have talked about elder care as a home business and I know several people on the phase II task force are interested in making that happen in the next phase of our development. In conversations I have had with our elders could say that they would all NOT want to live in a "seniors community" but would rather be integrated with the babies and young adults and everyone else. The real strength of cohousing is that they can be as social as they choose, and always have the security of people who will look after them.
Cohousing for Seniors Peter J. Rotton, May 28 1994
- RE: Cohousing for Seniors Rob Sandelin, May 31 1994
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