|Re: senior-multigenerational dilemma||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Angela Steiert (angie.steiertgmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2017 07:32:33 -0800 (PST)|
I have lived in a multi generational cohousing community for 8 years. Though, I did visit a resident for a week who had moved to another state and into a senior co housing community and was struck by some significant differences. The main one being that you never saw any of your neighbors. As the community had been designed to have most of the work taken care of by people outside of the community, there was not the need to be around the property. To me, workshare is a significant place of connection, especially early on in a community and for new members joining. Also, I think kids naturally invite us out of our complacency, the cries of joy lead us to step outside & often provide moments of connection. I know I have had multiple conversations with the elders at my community about the significant meaning they have found in the liveliness and beauty of the kids while they were struggling with their body's functioning. I do think there is a place for senior cohousing, specifically if someone does not have the bandwidth for parents and and kids struggling to learn how to be in the world. To be blunt, a multigenerational community is not for you if you get annoyed by kids. If that is true for you, than living in such close proximity to them would be stressful on both you, the kids and their parents.
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