Re: RE: Elder/Senior/Proactive Adult Cohousing
From: Cher Stuewe Portnoff (
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 05:59:48 -0800 (PST)
After reading the recent elder coho book, we thought the Silver Sage development had reached perfection when we understood that it was connected with Wild Sage... a blend of generational focus and nearby intergenerational connection.

We have six adult children/families and many grandchildren. We don't want to live with any of them, but our time with them is cherished. When we are busy with other things, their voices and activities make great backgound music. We can't imagine life without children and 20-30-40-somethings livening things up and continuing to give life meaning, novelty and utility. But a critical mass of same-generation friends has advantages -- you have a common language, a common frame of reference, sense of humor, experience to draw from and build upon (and share war stories about) in relationship. And you can explore and work together on issues that are of little interest to younger friends and neighbors. While we were looking into the concept of senior coho (that is, before we'd gotten to cost), we were very pleased on several levels to think that we could have the best of both worlds. We would never want to live in segregated elder cohousing, but the mix -- if the interactions really happen -- couldn't be more perfect.

Unfortunately for us, Silver Sage itself is a luxury we will never be able to afford. Luckily, we can aspire to live in intergenerational cohousing in some parts of the country :-).

C & G
----- Original Message ----- From: "Shirley Clawson" <shirleyt [at]>
To: "'Cohousing-L'" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:14 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ RE: Elder/Senior/Proactive Adult Cohousing

Hello all,
As the developer of Silver Sage (a proactive adult cohousing community), the
pros & cons of both intergenerational & elder/senior/proactive adult
communities for those in the 50+ age range are something that we have
debated at length.  Silver Sage is being built next door to an
intergenerational cohousing community (Wild Sage) and the same concept is
planned for two new communities in Arvada -- one proactive adult & one
intergenerational. I'd appreciate opinions from everyone, but particularly those that are not interested in living in an "adult-only" community, as to
whether or not being located next to an intergenerational community, with
both intentional & informal interaction between the two, makes the idea of
"senior cohousing" any more appealing.
Thanks in advance for your opinions!
Shirley Thielen
Wonderland Hill Development Company

-----Original Message-----
From: Jenny Williams [mailto:jlgw [at]]
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:22 AM
To: 'Cohousing-L'
Subject: RE: [C-L]_ Age and time

I'd say it really depends on what you're looking for.  If you're older
and just want to be around people who have lived through the same times
that you have, obviously you're not going to want an intergenerational
community.  But I find it's very valuable to have points of view from
people at different points of life.  Younger people also often bring
more physical energy to the community.

jenny williams

-----Original Message-----
From: psychling [at] [mailto:psychling [at]]
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:16 AM
To: Cher Stuewe Portnoff; Cohousing-L
Subject: [C-L]_ Age and time

My wife and I own but rent out a home in a cohousing community.  (We'd
live there if we could find reasonable work).  We're 60 and 61 yrs old.
Our plan is to move there within several years.

The very last thing I want is to live in a place where I'm surrounded by
people of the same generation.  Not now.  Not then.

- Dan

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Cher Stuewe Portnoff" <cher710 [at]>
...which has been very much on our minds as cohousing seekers. Would
comment on elder-vs-intergenerational cohousing, from personal
We're read (and re-read) everything we can find from the
perspective, but are interested in personal experience. Thank you.

Cher & Gregory,
exploring coho communities for our (near) future

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris ScottHanson" <chris [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Advice

> and growing older together gracefully...
> On Feb 28, 2006, at 6:02 AM, Jim Snyder-Grant wrote:
>> -Jim, New View cohousing, Acton MA where our average age is about
>> 50 & going up about 1 year every year.
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