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|From: jazzuptown (jazzuptownaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 12:18:15 -0800 (PST)|
Does anyone know of any alternative building projects in New Orleans re: Post Katrina construction? Thanks, Linda Fletcher -----Original Message----- From: fergyb2 [at] yahoo.com To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Sent: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 4:46 PM Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) The big conflicts between seniors needs and small childrens needs in mixed age communities that I've noticed are: 1) First and foremost --noise levels in the Common House at common meals. Children are naturally noisier than adults but this doesn't really become a big deal until you add in the age related hearing loss. Increasing the ambiant noise levels can make it go from difficult to follow the conversation to impossible to follow the conversation which can drive seniors away from common meals which are usually one of the main social "glues" in functioning cohousing. All moneys invested in sound dampening in the Common House are well worth it in terms of community investment and should not be considered optional in mixed age communities in my humble opinion. And with the advent of ipods this issue can be expected to increase in importance in the future. 2) Small children tend to need to eat earlier and working adults need to eat later which makes for some tension around deciding common meal times 2) The risk of falling increases if there are toys/bikes/trikes left on the main walkways or kids running wildly and falls are more life threatening as you age since a significant number of elderly people never make it out of bed again once they fall and break a hip. And age related calcium loss makes breaking bones a more likely consequence of falls when you age. Toys blocking walkways is also an issue for wheelchair users of any age since it can block access to wherever you are trying to go. For myself (no significant hearing loss yet and not in a wheelchair) the joy the young ones bring makes it all worth it but I can see how the equation might fall differently for others. Bonnie Fergusson Swans Market Cohousing Oakland, CA ____________________________________________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Everyone is raving about the all-new Yahoo! Mail beta. http://new.mail.yahoo.com _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ ________________________________________________________________________ Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity), (continued)
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) Tree Bressen, November 29 2006
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) Bonnie Fergusson, November 11 2006
- Re: Senior's needs -barrier free access James Kacki, November 11 2006
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) Stuart Joseph, November 12 2006
Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) Fred H Olson, November 14 2006
- Quite meals and children Racheli Gai, November 14 2006
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