|Re: interest in developing a group for 50+ .....||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mary and Joe Buckingham (moonshinegci.net)|
|Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 17:43:11 -0700 (PDT)|
This is a follow up to Marganne's letter regarding a group for 50+ with or without much family. My husband and I are both interested in such a group. We are long time Alaskan's and eager for a change, but without much direction. We have given cohousing a lot of thought and followed this list serve for a couple of years. Due to the distance and remoteness of Alaska we are ready for a change. But like Marganne the thought of such a move that seemed so easy 30 years ago, is now intimidating. We did visit a few cohousing projects while outside Alaska a year ago, but none in depth. We were never at the right place at the right time it seemed. Regards, Mary & Joe in Anchorage, Alaska (a long way from the main stream) > ------------------------------ > > Message: 6 > Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 01:20:53 -0700 > From: Marganne <marganne [at] macnexus.org> > Subject: [C-L]_ How to develop a group for 50+ without family > To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Message-ID: <email@example.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" ; format="flowed" > > At 5:10 PM -0600 9/1/05, Rick Mockler wrote: > >Coho US has two upcoming workshops which will offer a great boost to > >groups recruiting new members and planning to work with > developers > >and builders. These are intended for a national audience. > Please > >pass this on to your coho group's listserve! > > I was really excited about the prospect of connecting up with > like-minded cohousers and joining a project. Then I started > considering things like: Will I like living in Vermont or Ithaca? > I > was born and raised in California. At age 20 or 30 I probably > could > have made the jump easily. But at age 50+ with some physical > restrictions, I'm less likely to make the leap before looking. > > I decided I needed to slow down and perhaps live in some vastly > different geographical areas in a rental before committing to a > project if I could find 'like minded' individuals. > > All of this prospect still overwhelms me which is why I pulled > back > from keeping up with posts to this list and the small house > listserv. > There's no way I could 'spearhead' formation of a group -- my > capacity to function at that level went bye bye about 5 years ago. > > I find myself wanting to start a separate 'conversation' just for > people like me -- single, approaching the Third Age (50+) but > still > kicking, with little or no family who would like to create > something > were we all could age in place. We wouldn't be ready for > ElderShire > yet. > > Since it's likely we'd be located over a large geographical range, > I > thought it might be good to have an online place to talk about > what > we are thinking about, what we want, and perhaps how we can create > it > in our own locations. Or where we can find it if some of us move > to > one geographic location. > > Hope this all makes sense. Originally I was disappointed with the > cohousing experience because the definition of 'affordable' wasn't > affordable for me. I don't plan on going into debt with a mortgage > and wouldn't qualify for one anyway due to my limited income. I > could > afford to build something smaller than 1,000 square feet - pay for > it > outright. > > I'm open to suggestions about how those of us who fit this > demographic (or close to it) can connect to figure out how to > modify > the standard cohousing model to meet the needs of the 50+ boomers > without kids. Or maybe I'm missing another way of looking at what > I'd > like to create for myself as I get older. > > Cheers! > Marganne > Sacramento, CA > (where it's too hot in the summer!) > > > > ------------------------------ > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info > at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > End of Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 41, Issue 34 > ******************************************* >
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