Aging in Cohousing
From: David Entin (
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:00:17 -0700 (PDT)
To respond to Shira Klapper who wants to do research on aging on cohousing:
1) I understand there are three completed senior cohousing communities in the 
US.  One is Silver Sage in Boulder, CO.  All are relatively new and thus don't 
have a long track record of experience.
2) You should see "Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent 
Living" by Charles Durrett.   I believe he would be willing to talk with you as 
well.  He is a cohousing architect and experienced practitioner who lives in 
cohousing and has led several workshops on how to create senior cohousing.  
3) I also suggest you talk with Diane Margolis at Cambridge Cohousing who put 
together a panel at our recent national cohousing conference on the subject of 
aging in cohousing and her community has wrestled with this issue.
4) We had a small working group on this topic a couple of years ago at Rocky 
Hill and Pathways, two adjacent cohousing communities in Northampton, MA.
    I hope these suggestions are helpful to you.  The Cohousing Association of 
the US would like to receive a copy of your research to make it available to 
cohousing communities.  I am on the Board of Coho/US.   David Entin, Rocky Hill 

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