|Re: 're: senior-multigenerational dilemma||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mariana Almeida (missmgrrlyahoo.com)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:27:29 -0800 (PST)|
Hi there, I thought I would chime in. We have a coho community with 14 units that is 22 years old. Many original residents are still here. Consequently, we are a naturally occurring retirement home. We are self-managing; we're organized as a condo. There's a lot of work to do. My experience is that it's getting harder for all of us as our average age goes up. Many people age out of being able to take care of cohousing responsibilities. If you map a host of tasks that you need to keep a community going from hardest to easiest - the younger folks (60 and under) are doing the hardest tasks. For example - older folks can't facilitate meetings, take effective minutes, plan complicated projects, keep up with legal discussions, and depending, even retain information from meeting to meeting. Not to mention more physical tasks such as cooking for the community. It's pretty hard to cook for 25 when you're 70 years old with hip pain, back pain, etc. Some of our elders can do it, but they are wiped out the next day. Another factor -- more limited incomes as seniors. Some of our older folks are in a bind of not being able to as much as they, AND not having the funds to allow us to get external help (with higher fees.) I'm all for age diversity. We'd be lost without it. I hope to be here as an elder with lots of spry young things living next door. BTW, I just did a little math for 19 adults (non-renters) who live here: average age 60; median 61. I'm one on the younger folks. This all might be different with a much larger group, too. We just need everyone to do stuff! I just thought I'd put forth my perspective. MarianaBerkeley, California On Monday, February 27, 2017, 4:04:54 AM PST, David Mencher <menchers [at] gmail.com> wrote: Hi Yoni, Thanks for your interest. As you seem to know, Israeli society has a rich variety of community organization, including traditionally agricultural kibbutzim and moshavim with different levels of cooperative economies and social design, as well as many permutations, usually more recent, of rural and urban collectives. What characterizes many of Israel's "intentional communities" is a shared ideology, be it social/political or religious. To date, no community has been established here designed along the lines of cohousing, as set forth by CHarles Durrett. Before becoming interested in cohousing, we (a kernel of 4 couples 55-67, at the time) came together to discuss alternatives to the "for profit" assisted living or elder care facilities that currently serve the aging Israeli population. After beginning some naive community building exercises ("visioning", if you will) we happened upon CHarles Durrett's Senior Cohousing Handbook, and were tickled to see that we were far from alone in our quest. As I have said- our main concern is providing suitable community life choices for aging populations. If we are successful, I have no doubt that others , and not only seniors, will be motivated to explore the options that cohousing provides. That said, though, I personally do not see myself as an ambassador of cohousing, rather as an alternative voice to the dismal "for profit" model of elder care in this country. David On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 6:35 PM, Jonathan Kallay <yoni [at] kallay.net> wrote: > > I'm curious how you're differentiating your community from other forms of > cooperative living in Israel. That's germane to the discussion if being > 'the first cohousing community in Israel' means you want to be ambassadors > for the movement, such that there are considerations of what sort of > precedent and example you want to set, and who should be allowed to > participate in something unique. > > It may be that the senior-only aspect is an important differentiator, > central to the original vision, and offers something that is critically > missing from the current menu of options. > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > -- David Mencher 08-9266104 https://www.facebook.com/GypsySwingIsrael?ref=stream _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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