Re: Henry Cisneros Calls for More Senior Cohousing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:23:02 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Tom!

Thanks for giving us all an opportunity to revisit Senior Cohousing as one of 
the options for the 80 million boomers now retiring in droves.

Actually, Cisneros knows cohousing quite well.   He references it in the recent 
book he edited  called:  

Independent for Life:  Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America.

I wrote a blog post on Cisneros, the book and the book launch event held this 
past April at the National Building Museum.  I was able to speak at some length 
w/ Cisneros at the book signing.

Take a look at what I wrote:

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Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA

On Aug 17, 2012, at 8:54 PM, Thomas Lofft wrote:

> Here's the opening text and a link to an article quoting Henry Cisneros, 
> former HUD Secretary, who's emphasizing a need for what is virtually Senior 
> Cohousing, but apparently he doesn't know that's what it's called: There 
> needs to be a much larger emphasis on designing homes and neighborhoods for 
> aging in place as the nation’s senior population continues to explode for the 
> next couple of decades, with only about 4% of the 65+ demographic entering 
> nursing homes, according to former Department of Housing and Urban 
> Development secretary Henry Cisneros in an interview published in Kaiser 
> Health News and the Washington Post.Aging in place is something that roughly 
> 90% of older adults want to do, AARP studies say, but to make that possible, 
> houses and neighborhoods must be designed and built for “lifelong” living to 
> accommodate people as they age, he says.Losing the ability to communicate or 
> socially engage with others is a huge fear for many seniors, says Cisneros, 
> who currently runs a company specializing in urban real estate. Recent 
> studies have shown the dangers of isolation and loneliness, but with so many 
> people wanting to maintain their independence and stay in their own homes, 
> there are some issues the nation needs to address.Here are some selected 
> excerpts from the Cisneros interview: [Obviously, it's a really long link 
> which will probably be corrupted by transfer to Coho-L, so copy it all and 
> paste the entire link into your browser.] 
> Thanks for reading,
> TOM LOFFTLiberty Village, MD
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