|Re: Senior cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Richart Keller (richart.kellergmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:59:59 -0800 (PST)|
One way of dealing with the aging in place issues plus bringing in young families might be to construct a new section of the cohousing community (or a new nearby community) which is specifically designed to accomdate older folks--smaller units, easily accessible physically, clustered more closely together, and directly adjacent to a village of basic services including transportation, convenience retail, and, ideally, medical/dental services. With the connection to the existing cohousing community, folks from the existing cohousing might feel more inclined to move to the new section as they become less mobile and need smaller living quarters, thus freeing up housing for younger families. Designed appropriately, there would be no pressing need to put age restrictions on the new housing; in fact, they might also accommodate younger folks who are less mobile, thus increasing the diversity of the community. Rick Richart Keller, AICP Pioneer Valley Cohousing 120 Pulpit Hill Road #25 Amherst, MA 01002 413-835-0011 401 486-2677 (cell) . -----Original Message----- From: S. Kashdan [mailto:skashdan [at] cablespeed.com] Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2010 1:16 AM To: Cohousing-L Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Senior cohousing Jackson Place Cohousing is nine years old. We have a multi-age community, with members ranging from 0 to their eighties. We have a few members who are in their early sixties and have been laid off from good paying white-collar jobs. They may find lower paying jobs, but, given the current job market, they may not, and illness may make early retirement necessary anyway. And, when thinking about the Social Security System, we also really need to remember the people who help us by building and maintaining our facilities through their manual labor, as well as the farm workers, truck drivers, waiters and waitresses, and supermarket employees who help us get our food, and even the physical therapists and chiropractors, all of whom often need to retire earlier than the average white-collar working person who does office and teaching and other such jobs. And we need to remember that many older people who are laid off from white-collar jobs when companies cut back are discriminated against because of their higher qualifications, which might justify higher pay, and therefore those people often have more difficulty getting new jobs even if they want and need to continue working. Here at Jackson Place Cohousing we are currently discussing how we as a community can develop a support system to help neighbors who need to retire and/or become disabled in some way, so they won't have to leave our community because of either financial or support or health care reasons. We would appreciate learning about how other established communities are dealing with this. Sylvie Sylvie Kashdan Jackson Place Cohousing 800 Hiawatha Place South Seattle, WA 98144 www.seattlecohousing.org info [at] jacksonplacecohousing.org ----- Original Message ----- From: "Diane" <dianeclaire [at] gmail.com> To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Cc: "YES Residents" <yesr [at] googlegroups.com> Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2010 7:14 AM Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Senior cohousing Well I'm for both kinds and I am especially interested in the accommodations that multigenerational cohousing communities are making as its middle-aged members become seniors. However, I would like to say something about those words about Social Security -- it will not go broke unless we join those who want it to belly-up by assuming it must go broke. A few tweeks and it will last through the baby boomers and beyond. the tweeks? 1) turn it from a regressive to a progressive tax -- at the moment the richer you are the smaller is the perventage of your income that you pay into it. 2) raise the retirement age slightly; 3) stop dipping into the fund to pay for deficits in other parts of the budget. Thanks, Diane _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
- Senior cohousing, (continued)
- Senior cohousing Laura Fitch, December 15 2010
- Re: Senior cohousing Peg Blum, January 6 2011
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