Re: Aging in Cohousing
From: Karen Carlson (
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:43:56 -0700 (PDT)
In our community we have a mix of older, in place housing and 2 large 
multi-unit structures.  In the new construction we have wider hallways in the 
units and large bathrooms.  Residents who bought in soon enough could choose 
higher toilets.  We have elevators in our underground garage.  That's all I 
remember.  Oh, most entrances have automatic doors. (This is probably code.)

Karen Carlson
Arboretum Cohousing Community
Madison, WI

On Jun 29, 2013, at 10:10 AM, David Entin wrote:

> Last night 15 adults from Rocky Hill Cohousing, a seven-year old
> inter-generational community in Northampton, MA, met to begin a conversation
> on aging.   The group consisted of our three retired couples and singles and
> couples mostly on the other side of 50.   We raised a broad range of
> subjects and found the discussion meaningful and fruitful.   We plan to
> continue our conversation.
> One topic was possible structures to put in place to aid aging folks who
> need some forms of assistance.   As a caring community, we want to be able
> to help our neighbors in need, at least to the extent we are able.  We
> wondered if other cohousing communities had established such structures, or
> related policies, procedures, etc.?    We would be grateful to hear any
> cohousing examples addressing the needs of aging folks in a concrete way and
> what you have done.     Thank you.
> David Entin, davidentin [at] 
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