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The Senior Cohousing Handbook-2nd Edition (PDF)
A Community Approach to Independent Living
No matter how rich life is in youth and middle age, the elder years can bring on increasing isolation and loneliness as social connections lessen, especially if friends and family members move away.
Senior cohousing fills a niche for this demographic-the healthy, educated and proactive adults who want to live in a social and environmentally vibrant community. These seniors are already wanting to ward off the aging process, so they are unlikely to want to live in assisted housing. Senior cohousing revolves around custom-built neighborhoods organized by the seniors themselves in order to fit in with their real needs, wants, and aspirations for health, longevity and quality of life.
Senior Cohousing is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project, written by the U.S. leader in the field. The author deals with all the psychological and logistical aspects of senior cohousing, and addresses common concerns, fears, and misunderstandings. He emphasizes the many positive benefits of cohousing, including:
- Better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health
- Friendships and accessible social contact
- Safety and security
- Shared resources.
Successful aging requires control of one's life, and this generation of seniors-the baby boomers-will find this book holds a compelling vision for their future.
Charles Durrett is a principal at McCamant & Durrett in Nevada City, CA, a firm that specializes in affordable cohousing. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves with his wife and business partner, Kathryn McCamant. He also authored The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living.
"Dive right into this book and be enriched by the insights and the wisdom you will find there. I'm not kidding.Go.Now.Your future is waiting for you."
Bill Thomas,MD, from the Prologue
"Charles Durrett has written a book inviting an exciting eldership....Wouldn't it be great if every step of life had such thoughtful design."
Patch Adams,MD, from the Foreword
"The key to living a long, healthy life is community—having a group of people who know and care about you with whom you socialize at least onc" a week.This book shows you how seniors all over the world are combating isolation and loneliness by building healthy communities. Viva the community! Long life! Honey in the heart!"
Eric Utne is the founder of Utne Reader.
"Quality of life is more and more important in the last part of our life, and there is no need to live out our later years alone or lonely. Aging in place—in community—is an opportunity waiting for development; and cohousing—the most creative housing option for seniors —is one that we can make happen for us NOW, if we, as Chuck Durrett says, "Go forth and be one with [our] own future."
Bolton and Lisa Anthony, Senior activists, and founders of Second Journey
"As a long time developer of housing and a resident of Silver Sage Cohousing, I can't imagine any way to live that makes more of our opportunities or quality of life and living lighter on the planet. Chuck's book captures all that and enables our potential as proactive seniors."
Jim Leach,Housing Developer and Senior Cohousing resident