|Cohousing-L submission: Seniors' needs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lisa Anthony (lisamanthonyverizon.net)|
|Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 14:32:25 -0800 (PST)|
Subject: Seniors' needs Andrew Netherton wrote: "So what do seniors need? ADA-compliant bathrooms and kitchens (I still have to figure out what the equivalent is here in Canada), eliminate stairs, add ramps, or elevators (now there's capital-intensive!)... anything else? The thing is, I don't see how any of this is mutually exclusive. Am I focusing too much on infrastructure, and missing an intangible that conflicts with children's needs? "As we're in the VERY early stages of Laurel Creek Commons, I'd like to make sure that LCC is equally friendly to children and seniors. If those with experience (personal or otherwise) can help clue me in to what it is seniors need, and how children's need trump those needs, I'd like to work around this at this early stage instead of waiting until there's a conflict." Regards, Andrew Netherton Laurel Creek Commons (forming) Waterloo, ON, Canada We have chosen to become a senior cohousing community because of the very thing that has been discussed here on the list serve: seniors who have lived in multigenerational cohousing have found that the focus becomes on childrens' needs, and the needs of seniors get ignored. Seniors need much more than "universal design" homes. We need a focus on issues of becoming older: conscious aging, the meaning of "elderhood", and social/intellectual/physical/spiritual needs and development (e.g. discussion groups, classes, co-care issues, to name a few). Hope this helps. Lisa Anthony, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Senior Cohousing (forming)
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