Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living

Author(s): 
Charles Durrett
Publisher / ISBN: 

New Society Publishers – ISBN: 9780865716117 ISBN-10: 0865716110

Year of publication: 
2005
Short description: 
Good regarding the process of achieving cohousing, as well as the specifics of senior cohousing.

From an Amazon reviewer: "Charles Durrett's Senior Cohousing book will help lead us into the next 17 years as an estimated 75 million Baby Boomers head into retirement. It only makes sense that the generation that brought social and environmental awareness to the fore would be searching for a sustainable, supportive, self-managed community housing solution for their later years, and Durrett has outlined in detail how – and why – to go about it.

"The stories and wisdom are from Denmark, where multigenerational cohousing began over 30 years ago. Since that time, cohousing has translated very successfully to over a dozen countries around the world, including over 90 completed neighborhoods in North America alone. With 20 out of the last 25 cohousing starts in Denmark being senior projects, we can only assume that Senior Cohousing on the rest of the planet will be as big – if not bigger – a hit.

"Durrett has given us clear and useful intruction in Senior Cohousing for how to go about creating a Senior Cohousing neighborhood, from gathering other interested parties to finding land, hiring the design and development professionals and building a cohesive community. The step-by-step chapters are interlaced with impotant and interesting sidebars, illustrations and photographs.

"The spirit of the book is both informative and fun. The candid photos, quotes and anecdotes drive home the glee with which these Elders are taking charge of their lives. Neighbors work and play together, share frequent meals, dance, bicycle, walk, and create poetry and art. After reading Senior Cohousing, for probably the first time in my life, I thought getting older might actually be a hoot."

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