|Elders wanting privacy||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hartzell Family (rhubarbmail.cvn.net)|
|Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 15:19:35 -0500|
Pennsylvania is one of two states in the US that does not tax retirement income. Therefore PA has one of the largest "retired" populations in this country. Since the county in which we are developing Hundredfold Farm is within a reasonable drive of the Baltimore/D.C. megatropolis, our project has attracted several almost-retired/semi-retired/retired households. While all the participating families are attracted to the cohousing concept because, "It just makes sense", several of the older people are expressing reservations. The basis of the concern is privacy. The statements made are something like, "You kids go ahead and cluster your houses, but I've been on my own for so long I need my privacy. So, you build your cluster and I'll build a house out in the back 40 so I can have my privacy." While my quote here is a bit of an exaggeration, it is not too far from the actual statements. My experience with community (5 years with Sharingwood, [yes, Rob Sandlin is the man he is today because of me ;-) ] & 1 year with Puget Ridge) lead me to believe that privacy is not an issue of proximity, but of living unit design and some basic courtesies. I would like to hear from anyone on the L, but primarily the in-community elders . . .What wisdom or experiences have you to share with our elders that are examples of privacy and community coexisting beneficially. Why shouldn't the elders be afraid of losing their privacy? And even if they did lose some privacy(and they will), what do they have to gain? Couldn't they still benefit themselves, and the community, by living alone on the perimeter? Thanks for you thoughts . . . Bill Hartzell Member of the Hundredfold Farm Project, a small rural cohousing community just starting near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where the first agreed to proposal was not to call the community Battleground Cohousing.
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