From: Chris ScottHanson (
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 18:37:16 -0800 (PST)

some years ago a developer in Victoria BC was developing what he called "Careaminiums" which amounted to elder cohousing with staff and meals built into the HOA fees. Interesting idea. I don't know if he ever went very far with the concept after his first project.

Anyone from Victoria reading this who might know more?


On Feb 10, 2006, at 2:09 PM, Fred H Olson wrote:

Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard Medical School alumnus, author, and nationally recognized innovator who has created several alternative housing options for older adults, developed his his new intergenerational housing concept,
Eldershire, It sounds a lot like cohousing.  He will be speaking in
Minneapolis and visiting Monterey cohousing next week.

Does anyone know enough about "Eldershire" to compare it to cohousing?
I suspect it is more "developer-led" than cohousing developments
tend to be.  I wonder about the implications for the nature of the
community.  Note that his ideas are specifically intergenerational but
"senior rich" which I guess is unlike senior cohousing and maybe more like
traditional cohousing (which is my preference).


For more about Eldershire, see

article from newsletter of Chapel Hill, NC organization, Second Journey:

Announcement I posted to a MN Folk School list about next week appearance
with a bit more detail.


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