‘We Need Each Other’: Seniors Are Drawn to New Housing Arrangements

Discussion in 'Health and Lifestyle' started by longknife, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. longknife
    Offline

    longknife Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Messages:
    41,804
    Thanks Received:
    12,887
    Trophy Points:
    2,250
    Location:
    Sin City
    Ratings:
    +27,936
    [​IMG]

    Older Americans are exploring housing alternatives, including villages and home-sharing.

    And they’re not talking about the typical retirement home.

    A primer: Shared housing matches people who have unused space with people who need housing; typically, at least one party is age 60 or older. Sometimes the arrangement involves simply rent and companionship, but sharers can also agree on lower rent in exchange for grocery shopping, dog walking, driving or other services.

    Another way is Cohousing - A like-minded community forms, then looks into acquiring land and building a housing complex (or occasionally, converting a building) where members can live together.

    Though their homes are smallish, residents also share a common house for communal meals, classes and meetings, plus gardens and outdoor walkways designed to encourage socializing.

    The village movement, comprises 280 organizations in towns, cities, neighborhoods and even apartment complexes, and is growing by 20 percent a year, said Barbara Hughes Sullivan, national director of the Village to Village Network.

    A lot more on all of it @ ‘We Need Each Other’: Seniors Are Drawn to New Housing Arrangements
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  2. Tijn Von Ingersleben
    Offline

    Tijn Von Ingersleben Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2018
    Messages:
    5,397
    Thanks Received:
    639
    Trophy Points:
    275
    Ratings:
    +4,361
    This is a good thing. My mother worked in a number of large retirement facilities while I was growing up. They were nothing more than death houses where children stored their parents until their deaths.
    They creeped me out as a child...the smell...the loneliness was palpable.
     
  3. Correll
    Offline

    Correll Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2015
    Messages:
    56,895
    Thanks Received:
    6,496
    Trophy Points:
    1,870
    Ratings:
    +34,937


    An excellent idea, depending on how it is done.


    Quite often, independence is lost, due to one or two tasks becoming impossible. If there is someone to help with that one task, it could means years more of higher quality life.
     
  4. aaronleland
    Offline

    aaronleland Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2012
    Messages:
    29,979
    Thanks Received:
    6,161
    Trophy Points:
    280
    Ratings:
    +38,479
    When my grandmother got old we put her in a coffin. She died two days later. :dunno:
     

Share This Page