Together Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multi-Generational Livingby Sharon Graham Niederhaus, John L. Graham
The popular press has taken notice of two current trends in housing arrangements: three-generation households, and twenty-somethings staying at home longer. These are not separate trends, but part of a larger nationwide cultural shift to extended families reuniting. Together Again: A Creative Guide for Successful Multigenerational Living is intended to make
The popular press has taken notice of two current trends in housing arrangements: three-generation households, and twenty-somethings staying at home longer. These are not separate trends, but part of a larger nationwide cultural shift to extended families reuniting. Together Again: A Creative Guide for Successful Multigenerational Living is intended to make this cultural shift go smoothly. As it stands now the benefits of extended family living are being masked by the World War II generation's fancy for independence. That worked fine for them. But the coming failure of the social security and healthcare systems in this country are forcing us all to rethink how we live and care for one another. This book offers solutions based in part on interviews with over 100 people now involved in extended family living relationships. Topics covered include the financial and emotional benefits of living together; proximity and privacy; designing and remodeling your home to accommodate adult children or elderly parents; overcoming cultural stigmas about independent living; financial and legal planning; and making co-habitation agreements.
Niederhaus, who recently completed her master's thesis at Stanford University on multigenerational living arrangements, and brother Graham (marketing & international business, Graduate Sch. of Management, Univ. of California, Irvine; Doing Business with the Japanese) combine their personal and professional knowledge about multigenerational living to formulate this eminently practical guide to designing housing arrangements compatible with the needs of varying generations. Not only do such social structures help with child- and elder-care needs but they can make a great deal of economic sense. The authors convincingly argue for the trend by interviewing more than 100 families, who offer compelling rationales for their decisions to consolidate living arrangements. Best of all, the authors supply blueprints for suitable housing structures. In an invaluable chapter titled "Designing and Remodeling Your Home for Privacy," they detail ways to convert garages and basements into optimal living spaces for older relatives. They also address relevant legal and financial issues. While other books, such as Patrick H. Hare and Jolene N. Ostler's Creating an Accessory Apartment, touch on similar territory, this work is the definitive resource for readers considering multigenerational living arrangements. Recommended for large public libraries.
Lynne Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA
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Sharon Graham Niederhaus recently completed her master's thesis at Stanford University on multi-generational living arrangements. A credentialed teacher K-12, she has written numerous articles in educational journals and was inducted into San Mateo County's Women's Hall of Fame in 1993. John L. Graham is Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Doing Business with the Japanese as well as more than fifty articles and chapters in academic and management journals and books. He has also written more than forty articles for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers, and has been interviewed on NBC Nightly News and the BBC.
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