Re: Digest, Vol 139, Aging in Place
From: Alice Alexander (
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:10:49 -0700 (PDT)
Martha and everyone, you can find all the 2015 National Cohousing
Conference resources <> that were shared
with us here, but we did not receive any documents to post on sessions and
discussions on senior cohousing and aging in community.

Our offerings included Chuck Durrett's 1/2 day "how to get a senior
cohousing started;" Anne P. Glass' session "Aging Better thru Elder
Cohousing;" and two facilitated discussions: "Blooming where you are
planted: issues unique to senior cohousing" led by Dene Peterson, and "How
do existing communities deal with an aging population" led by Cindy
Turnquist and Dene Peterson.
Alice Alexander, Coho/US Executive Director

On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 11:37 AM, Martha Wagner <wordbizpdx [at]>

> Subject:  Aging in Place (David Entin)
> David,  are there any detailed notes from the Aging in Place Discussion at
> the 2015 Conference that you can provide a link to? I would be interested
> to know if other multigenerational communities are also exploring issues
> like your Aging Gracefully group.
> Martha Wagner
> Columbia Ecovillage
> Portland, Oregon
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> Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2015 17:37:55 -0400
> From: "David Entin" <davidentin [at]>
> To: <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Aging in Place
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> 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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