|Re: Senior-multigenerational dilemma - my view from the trenched||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alan O'Hashi (adoecosyahoo.com)|
|Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:09:42 -0800 (PST)|
at 63, i'm the third youngest member in a senior coho 'hood. i moved in at 56. here's some advice from the trenches. starting out - be futurists. plan for an 'exit strategy' and be ready to evolve your initial beliefs about participatory community. remember that in 10 years people who are young and active at 50 will be 60 and maybe pretty active. people who are 70 and sort of spry will be 80 and not so spry. remember, there are multigenerational communities are evolving into senior communities. over time, multigen coho will have an easier time recruiting younger members. while looking into the future, ask yourself, 'when i'm on my death bed will i be thinking, 'if only i went to one more meeting ... i wish i had eaten more potluck food'. i doubt it. i suggest planning for changes in personal priorities like traveling, spending more time with friends and family, which will likely take precedence over 'community' as initially envisioned. also think about this scenario: when people die or move and you want to recruit younger members to pick up the slack of aging community members, how do you entice younger prospective buyers who may have grown kids but see reading glasses at every turn and only white haired people around the neighborhood a generation older than them? Alan O'Hashi Views from Behind the Lens www.alanohashi.com Colorado..303-910-5782 Wyoming 307-274-1910 Typos By iPhone
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