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The Senior Cohousing Handbook-2nd Edition: A Community Approach to Independent Living Paperback – May 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 2 edition (May 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716117
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
  • Affordability
  • 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.

(2008-11-27)

About the Author

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.


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A well written comprehensive overview, very informative. A bit too much emphasis on creating a new Cohousing project and leading it to successs rather than support for finding one to live in.
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Thought it a good " first look" at Cohousing. Now need more info. on Canada etc. Need to form a group to discuss possibilities in my community
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Excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn more about housing options or planning to initiate a Cohousing development for Seniors.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5d6c558) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c264a4) out of 5 stars Especially recommended for anyone considering joining or establishing such a senior citizen housing arrangement July 18 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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In the United States it was the creation of the Social Security and Medicare that help to diminish what had been a chronic problem of poverty among the elderly. But while economic assistance went a long way to improving the quality of their lives, the increasing fragmentation of the family structure continued to exacerbate problems of isolation and loneliness among the aged. That was a driving force behind the creation of community approach to independent living for the elderly. This newly emerging concept now has a documented track record of providing senior citizens with a living environment that contributes to a healthy, safe, stimulating, and socially active retirement. This is all laid out, replete with real-life examples, in the pages of Charles Durrett's "The Senior Cohousing Handbook" which defines, explains, and demonstrates the concepts, organization, structures, and benefits of a co-housing approach to senior living. A thoroughly 'reader friendly' and profusely illustrated instruction manual, "The Senior Cohousing Handbook" is especially recommended for anyone considering joining or establishing such a senior citizen housing arrangement in their own community.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c2657c) out of 5 stars Good overview Feb. 15 2010
By Jane Austen "Judith" - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good overview of the history as well as the actual process of forming and completing a senior co-housing group project. The only criticism I have is that the book relies a lot on the experiences of many such groups in Denmark who largely pioneered this type of senior living arrangement in the 1980's and 1990's. The social, economic and political factors that were conducive to the development of senior co-housing there seem significantly different from those confronting many seniors in 21st Century America.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c267f8) out of 5 stars Very generous in information Aug. 12 2013
By Lilian Avivia Lubochinski - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for an introductory text about this issue and it is everything I expected and even more!! Its well structured very clear and is exactly as a Manual should be!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c26798) out of 5 stars The Bible for Senior Housing - Aging in Community Dec 5 2014
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
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An invaluable resource to anyone interested in the "aging in community" model, an alternative to your typical nursing home, retirement community or other structured, but socially-isolated housing considered standard. The book is chock full of first hand accounts and stories, how-to's, successful models and more. Having worked in a retirement community and seen first-hand the joy residents found in even the simplest interactions with their neighbors and visitors, it seems obvious that aging in place in an area without community support, stimulation and interaction just isn't going to cut it, no matter what stage we're at in life. It's an exciting alternative - senior cohousing - and I hope to see it grow in the U.S. and beyond! If you haven't read Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities (by Durrett and his wife, Kathryn McCamant) it offers the ultimate overview of cohousing, senior and intergenerational both) - would recommend that as well.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c26dc8) out of 5 stars Excellent and useful March 23 2013
By anahata - Published on Amazon.com
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Best book on the subject--this is the man who brought the co-housing movement to this country.
He knows of what he speaks. Chuck full of all the information one needs on this subject..


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