|Promoting Health & Self-Care in Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Charles Maclean (advocatephilanthropynow.com)|
|Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:48:20 -0700 (PDT)|
Promoting Health & Self-Care in Cohousing One of the strongest contributors to "optimal health" is social connectedness and support . . . and that's what cohousing offers in so many ways. This is an invitation to begin to noodle and dialogue on what we can do as individuals and as supportive cohousers to promote health with our neighbors. Starter Questions: 1. What is your coho community doing now that promotes health, prevention and personal responsibility for health? 2. What stretch ideas do you have for taking health to the next level in cohousing? Examples 1. At our coho community, our meal club cooks plan menu's that are healthier, include organic food as affordable and locally produced food or food we grow. 2A. As a community, buy a studio when one comes up for sale and offer it at a discounted rental fee to a health care provider (e.g. Retired Nurse) in exchange for specified amounts of health screening, medication monitoring, health education and prevention strategies. Recipients would pay a modest fee and outside funding secured. 2B. Retrofit units with currently available electronic health monitoring and aging in place support technologies. Background: Over the last year I've been meeting and talking with fellow cohousers, patients and health policy opinion leaders around the country. One result is the call to action: "Mobilize Personal and Shared Rights and Responsibility for Health and Self-Care". This quick-read 3 page graphic summary available by emailing me at charlesm [at] trilliumhollow.org Why Now? Because there will never be enough doctors/dollars/diagnostics/drugs to treat the chronic diseases triggered by our lifestyle and behavior choices. What might we do together to promote health (not sickness care)? Charles Maclean 503.297.1490
- Promoting Health & Self-Care in Cohousing Charles Maclean, June 28 2012
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