I remember when my copy the first edition of “Senior Cohousing” arrived in my mailbox. Wow. I devoured it, cover to cover. Now our friend Chuck Durrett has a second edition out. It’s better than ever (and not just because I was invited to write the forward. Here is the announcement he sent out to his cohousing friends….
Last year Americans drove 5 billion miles caring for seniors in their homes (Meals on Wheels, Whistle Stop nurses, etc.). In our small, semi-rural county in the Sierra foothills, Telecare made 60,000 trips in big, lumbering, polluting vans/buses – usually carrying only one senior at a time – schlepping a couple thousand seniors total over hill and dale to doctor’s appointments, to pick up medicine, or to see friends. In our cohousing community of 21 seniors, I have never seen a single Telecare bus in the driveway. In cohousing it happens organically by caring neighbors: “Can I catch a ride with you?”; “Are you headed to the drug store?”, etc., and this alternative is much more fun and inexpensive for all involved, and much less damaging to the environment.
President Obama has announced that for us to arrest global warming, we will have to reduce carbon emissions by 2% per year until 2050. It seems double, but last year, carbon emissions increased by 1.4% — we are headed in the wrong direction. Given this situation, we’ve got to do something. We need to think collectively about how to set seniors up for success and to help them achieve their full potential into their last 20-30 years. We can help them fulfill their desires for a more rewarding living arrangement that better supports their well being, physically, socially and emotionally. And the good news is that I haven’t witnessed anyone having more fun since the college dorms, than seniors living in cohousing. Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living published by New Society Publishers – and the type of communities it describes and helps to create — allows seniors to live lightly on the planet and to enhance their quality of life at the same time. Please forward this book order form to family, friends or others who you believe would benefit from living in a more supportive environment.
I don’t say this very often but you will love this book.
Here is Chuck’s website