Senior-multigenerational dilemma
From: David Mencher (
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:36:52 -0800 (PST)
Dear Friends,

I am currently involved in a three-year old effort to establish Israel's first 
cohousing community.  We have made much progress, now have 20+ committed 
households out of the 30 projected units and are seriously searching for a site.

However, despite the original intent to establish an age restricted 
(prospective members limited to 55-75 at application to join) community, some 
in the community are now pushing to revisit the possibility of 
multigenerational v senior only.

To be frank, my wife and I are 100% opposed to anything but a senior community, 
for both personal (desire for quiet, order and mostly to avoid a child-centered 
community) and logistic/affordability considerations (need for greater variety 
of services, facilities and housing options for families with children).

We have convened an ad hoc committee to bring some suggestions to our Board of 
Directors, to then be opened to the community for discussion and decisions.  I 
have read through a few threads on the Cohousing mailing list dealing with the 
subject of age-restricted v intergenerational communities, and would appreciate 
any and all thoughts and comments, preferably based on actual experience, that 
some of you might have to offer.

Please feel free to ask any other questions that you might have regarding our 
fledgling cohousing community, we are glad to learn from others.

Many thanks
David Mencher
Modiin, Israel
CHI- Cohousing Israel

Thank you,

David Mencher PhD
Patent Attorney


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