Re: common meals
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 08:55:20 -0800 (PST)
Interesting question.  It sounds like a good idea, but I do not have any
direct experience with this.  Are folks who are interested in senior
cohousing aware of the March conference in Chicago? It is called "Let's
re-think aging" and is a joint conference of the American Society on Aging
and the National Council on Aging.

Here is a link, specifically to the track on housing that includes several
on cohousing.

Perhaps this type of discussion will be had at the conference...


Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
lfitch [at]

-----Original Message-----
From: Liz Ryan Cole [mailto:lcole [at]]
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 7:48 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ common meals

We anticipate the need for common meals as part of actively engaging the
aging process.  From what we have seen, encouraging elderly people to
attend common meals is a strategy that is good for their mental and
physical well being.  (The Kendal Retirement Communities offer but one
example).  We imagine building the cost of one meal per day into our
monthly fee.  While one can't "insist" on eating together, knowing that
you have already paid for the meal is a strong incentive in attend.

Has anyone out there had experience sharing the cost of a cook to help
coordinate and oversee the work of members?  Thanks.  Liz

Liz Ryan Cole
Pinnacle Project
Lyme, NH
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