Re: Age diversity
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 13:42:34 -0800 (PST)
There is no doubt that I'm getting older every minute (just like Nina!)
but I really like having children around.
If I was looking for a community, or working on starting one, I wouldn't
have liked it to be a childless one.  Perhaps in 20 years I'll think
differently, but maybe not.
My point is that it isn't only the issue of what's out there, but also
of what kind of place we think will answer our needs - and for some
of us, children add a lot of richness to life.

Racheli at Sonora Cohousing, Tucson.  (My own kids are 24 and almost
17, respectively).

On Nov 6, 2006, at 9:08 AM, <seniorcohousing [at]> wrote:

Why are you trying to find young families? Do you already have some that need company? If not, I suggest going with the senior or elder cohousing model.

Babyboomers are the largest segment of the population. Most of us are 55 and older, but not a whole lot older. We're vigorous, many of us lived in communal households in our misguided youth, we have financial resources and enough of us are retired so we can really put in the hours it takes to make a community work.

It's easier to build a community of over 55-ers since many of us are thinking about what will happen to us as we age. It simply isn't true that the whole community will either drop dead or get very sick and need a lot of care all at once. Look at any life-care facility, and you'll see that there is a constant stream of younger oldsters moving in. My second cousin lived from the age of 70 to 96 at a life-care place. Boy, did she get her money's worth!

It occurs to me that you may have built units with multiple bedrooms, designed for families. In that case, ignore the above. But for those of you who are still in the planning phases, look at the demographics of your market and build for this older crowd.

Nina, getting older every minute.

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