Re: Scholarly Research on Senior Cohousing Communities-InterviewRequest
From: Deleaua (
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 17:51:45 -0700 (PDT)

Do you want to talk to folks who are actually currently living in senior cohousing, or would "getting close" suffice?

My husband and I are part of the Wolf Creek Lodge senior cohousing community designed by Chuck Durrett of McCamant and Durrett Architects and located in Grass Valley California. Our community of 23 member households (we will be sold out at 30 households) started in 2006. We are currently about 30 days from getting our construction loan funded, so although we meet monthly and have formed an active and supportive community, we have yet to actually live in the senior cohousing community we have all worked so hard to establish.

Each person in our community has a strong vision of what we want for our senior years. We have worked together with Katie McCamant, our Project Manager, and moved forward even in the face of the financial meltdown and bank construction loan freeze of the last year and a half, so we could definitely tell you why we chose to be part of senior cohousing and what we hope to get out of it.

My husband and I will be at the National Cohousing Conference Wednesday through Sunday so we could meet you there if our feedback would be of value for your research.


Deleaua Shannon

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Jade Aguilar" <aguilarj [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:54 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ Scholarly Research on Senior Cohousing Communities-InterviewRequest

My name is Jade Aguilar and I am a Sociology professor at Willamette
University in Oregon, conducting scholarly research senior cohousing
communities. I am contacting the list because I am interested in
conducting one-on-one interviews [lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour] with any
interested members of senior co-housing communities. I will be at the
CoHousing Conference in Denver if you’d like to meet face-to-face, or I
can also conduct phone interviews if you’re interested in participating,
but can’t attend the conference.

My interview questions focus on what drew you to such a community and
what you hope to get out of it. I can assure you that I take great care
in maintaining the strictest confidence of all of the participants I
study and there would be no costs associated (other than your time). My
University’s Institutional Review Board has approved this research and I
would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the nature
of the study. I think social science research on senior cohousing is
necessary and timely given the US's changing national demographics and
the growing interest in community and sustainability.

Thank you so much for your time and I do hope that we can meet or talk soon.

Jade Aguilar, PhD.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Willamette University
aguilarj [at]

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