|Aging in Place||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Entin (davidentincomcast.net)|
|Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:37:58 -0700 (PDT)|
A couple of folks recently asked about aging in place in cohousing. Our community, Rocky Hill Cohousing, Northampton, MA is an inter-generational community. We have young families, children of all ages (including eight born since our move-in ten years ago), middle aged folks, and three retired couples. We now have five people in their seventies and several in sixties. A year and a half ago we began an Aging Gracefully group that has been meeting monthly for interested community residents. We have had a steady group of about a dozen, mainly the older folks here. In our meetings, we have been looking into and discussing a range of issues relating to aging, including end-of-life decisions, reading "Being Mortal," filling out health care proxy and the Five Wishes, exploring local services for the elderly, and talking about how to assist each other when there is a need. This group has bonded through our monthly sharing and we now have pot-luck dinners prior to our meetings. Our community and Common House are handicapped accessible. Our homes are primarily duplexes. Though our houses are two-story, we designed ours so we can live entirely on the first floor, where we have living-dining and kitchen area, our bedroom, handicapped accessible bathroom, washer and dryer, and accessible walkway. Visiting children and relatives and friends and possibly a potential live-in caretaker can stay in the two bedrooms and full bath upstairs. We are also particularly fortunate that our daughter and her husband and our granddaughter (aged 7) also live here, about 100 yards away. I believe most cohousing communities are inter-generational, though there is a growing number of senior cohousing developments. The recent national conference featured an excellent session on aging in cohousing - people may want to see the notes from that meeting. David Entin, Rocky Hill Cohousing, Northampton, MA
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