Cohousing communities are typically 20-35 smaller private or attached homes clustered around a larger common house which becomes the social center of a community, with a large dining room and kitchen, lounge, guest rooms, workshop, craft room, theater, library, recreational facilities, even a pool …..you name it, you design it. Communities usually serve optional group meals in the common house at least three or four times a week.
Senior cohousing modifies the tried and true cohousing model to create physical and social environments in which we can flourish as we get older. To promote a long and healthy life residents proactively design their community to support aging in place and co-care for each other. The grounds and buildings incorporate universal design. The common house includes a caregiver suite for future contingencies. The community bylaws are designed to meet the specific needs of our retirement years.
Senior cohousing offers a feeling of security, both physically and financially. Having a close knit community with people who care about you and your well-being around day and night provides a secure environment. Shared resources allow you to share costs of routine maintenance and upkeep, utilities, food co-ops, recreational facilities…..again, you name it.
Cohousers come from a variety of backgrounds, income levels, family types and beliefs. What they have in common is a desire to live a vibrant and independent life for as long as possible and a belief that aging in a supportive community will keep them healthy and active.
The most common characteristics used to describe a SageHill Cohouser:
- Baby Boomers (50+)
- Empty Nesters
- Forward Thinking
- Health Oriented
Boomers are a force to be reckoned with. As long as we possibly can, we will continue to make serious contributions to this society. To the best of our abilities we will take responsibility for ourselves, for the world we experience, and for the world our children and grandchildren will inherit.