The Senior Cohousing Handbook-2nd Edition: A Community Approach to Independent Living

The Senior Cohousing Handbook-2nd Edition: A Community Approach to Independent Living

by Charles Durrett

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Overview

How to make your senior years healthy, safe, social, and stimulating.

"Architect and author Chuck Durrett's recently released book Senior Cohousing Handbook comes at a time of high interest in greening, sustainable housing and affordable living concerns. Durrett's new book is a comprehensive guide for baby boomers wishing to continue vibrant, active lifestyles." - EPR Real Estate News

"Make your senior years safe and socially fun with the idea of senior cohousing and a book on the topic that shows how seniors can custom-build their neighborhood to fit their needs. This is housing built by seniors, not for them, and emphasizes independence and social networking. Any library strong in gerontology or social science and many a general lending library needs this. - James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

"As a Baby Boomer, I've joked for a few years that we'll all end up living communally again because Social Security will be broke...This is one of the better ways to envision it."-- Sacramento Bee

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 US 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
  • Affordability
  • Shared resources

Successful aging requires control of one’s life, and today's generation of seniors—the baby boomers—will find that this book holds a compelling vision for their future.

Charles Durrett is a principal at McCamant & Durrett in Nevada City, California, a firm that specializes in affordable cohousing. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner, Kathryn McCamant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550924138
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Charles Durrett is the principal at McCamant & Durrett, a firm that specializes in affordable and community-based multi-family housing and cohousing. He has consulted on or designed over fifty cohousing communities internationally and lives in Nevada City, California. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner Kathryn McCamant.


Charles Durrett is the principal at McCamant&Durrett, a firm that specializes in affordable and community-based multi-family housing and cohousing. He has consulted on or designed over fifty cohousing communities internationally and lives in Nevada City, California. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner Kathryn McCamant.

Table of Contents

Prologue byWilliamH.Thomas,M.D
Foreword by Patch Adams,M.D
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part One: Introducing Senior Cohousing
1. Taking Charge of the Rest of Your Life
2. Cohousing: An Old Idea—A Contemporary Approach
3. Senior Cohousing: A Proven Approach—A New Application

Part Two: Senior Cohousing in Denmark : An Inside Look
4. Munksøgård: Strong Roots in Fertile Soil
5. Other Danish Senior Cohousing Communities: Otium,Gimle,Mariendalsvej, Korvetten

Part Three: Creating a Senior Cohousing Community
6. Feasibility: DoWe Have a Project?
7. Study Group I: Aging Successfully/Aging in Place
8. Study Group II: The Participatory Design Process
9. Study Group III: Policy

Part Four: The First Wave — Pioneering Senior Cohousing in America: The Beginnings of an American Movement
10.The First Wave
11.Where Do We Go From Here?

Appendix A: Anne Glass: Research-Based Results,"Why Aging in Community?"
Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix C: Economic Structures
Appendix D: Universal Design

Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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