Together Again: A Creative Guide to Successful Multi-Generational Living

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Iris Harrell
Congratulations on creating one great book that can be the complete source of coaching all the upcoming Baby Boomers on how to either deal with their aging parents or guide the Boomer's Kids on how to deal with the Boomers. This book will be in demand for a long time to come.
Mary Pipher
Together Again is a fresh, timely exploration of huge cultural and personal shifts in the choices Americans make about living with our multi-generational families. The book is magnificent in its thoroughness—first-rate social analysis, philosophical and psychological depth and sophistication, and warmth and generosity to all generations. Together Again is written by realists, who truly value family and do not see closeness in terms of dependency or dysfunction. The authors and I share a core belief; that generations belong together on a daily basis, and that we all benefit when we live together as complicated, loving and caring tribes.
Walter M. Bortz ll M.D.
Together Again derives its premise from the inter-connectivity which is central to being human. "Living among strangers" is taken by some to be the very definition of what it means to be old. Niederhaus and Graham deny this threat in their wonderful book which shows how our social convoy extends and enriches life till its furthest reach. Stay together.
Anne Tergesen
Sharon Graham Niederhaus and John Graham are onto something: Multi-generational living offers a solution to some of our most vexing problems, including the eldercare crisis that’s likely to emerge as the baby boomer generation ages and the lack of affordable housing and childcare in many parts of the country. If you’re thinking about refurbishing a basement or building a backyard cottage to accommodate a parent or child, Together Again offers more than just practical advice on making it work. It also offers the hope of a better quality of life for those who embrace the comeback of the extended family.
Bill Novelli
Together Again is a refreshing antidote to those who seek to divide the generations. We know from our research at AARP that all generations in America are closely connected and care deeply about one another. As society ages, more and more people will be looking for alternative living arrangements in order to stay involved in communities and out of nursing homes. Together Again offers readers valuable advice and choices on how to do it.
Larry Webb
The evolution of the modern nuclear family has critical implications for land planning, architecture, and interior design. Together Again clearly forecasts the increasing trend towards a return to multigenerational living. As a large national homebuilder, I found these ideas to be powerful. I strongly recommend Together Again to anyone interested in the evolution of the American family.
Patrick Hare
A hospital bed is a bad place to make a housing decision, but it is where far too many of older people make housing choices. We procrastinate because the choices don't look good. This book opens up good new choices, with statistics and numbers, but primarily with family stories that offer a new vision of what success as a family means.
Laurence W. "Bill" Lane
In ocean surfing, you try to 'catch the big wave.' And, we all are in a rising sea of major demographic, economic, and psychological changes in our population. This carefully researched book examines real life and time-tested solutions to the big wave of living 'together again.'
Donna Butts
Together Again presents creative ideas of what family can be and how each generation can learn from the other. This will open your eyes to the reasons why multigenerational households have become the fastest growing family structure in the U.S. The authors skillfully weave anecdotes, dialogues, and hard data to present a very readable account of the pleasures and challenges that are multigenerational families.
Kerry D. Vandell
Together Again manages to meld together the sociological, demographic, and economic dimensions of the re-emergence of multigenerational living in a way that no other effort has. The authors successfully translate the dry data into a mosaic of the richness of human experience at the ground level. Most important, in my view, is their revelation that this movement is in fact a return to normalcy and not a perverse deviation from the past.
Walter M. Bortz II
Together Again derives its premise from the inter-connectivity which is central to being human. "Living among strangers" is taken by some to be the very definition of what it means to be old. Niederhaus and Graham deny this threat in their wonderful book which shows how our social convoy extends and enriches life till its furthest reach. Stay together.
Library Journal

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590771228
  • Publisher: M.Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 2/25/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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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