Senior Cohousing Is Now Trending

I came across this article and thought of you. I cut and pasted this post from a friend, Alisa Steed, on Facebook. I found it super interesting. I love the concept of Senior cohousing.

My building neighbors in Miami Beach have often suggested that we grow old together. The plan was that we would all keep our condos and share hired help, caretakers, cooks, cleaners, etc. We were joking at the time, but a writer Karen Salmansohn, who is 58 years young, is taking it very seriously.

Karen Salmansohn is the founder of NotSalmon and Masters In Life – as well as a best selling author and award winning designer – with over 1 million books sold – and over 1 million fans on Facebook. She is committed to inspiring people to live a life they love – no matter how much “you gotta be freaking kidding me!” life throws at you! Below is the story of Karen’s personal journey – a zig-zagger of a path- with many obstacles to swerve around and peaks and valleys to travel up and through – which brought her to why she loves writing and designing inspirational books and products.

Karen says…..

“Senior cohousing is now trending – and for good reason. Below I share 5 reasons you might prefer senior cohousing with friends to nursing homes and assisted living.

It is estimated that by 2050, the number of people over 60 years old will triple from what it is now.

I love the idea of living in cohousing surrounded by friends – where I only need to walk a few feet to meet up with a someone for coffee or enjoy a walk in a shared garden.

If you’re seeking a more fun and rewarding way to spend your senior years, here are…

Senior Cohousing is when you live in an intentional neighborhood – surrounded by your friends – and you share in things like the same dining area, library, fitness center, garden, TV room etc.

Longevity research states that staying social with friends and family helps to keep you living longer.

5 reasons you might prefer senior cohousing:

1. A True Community

You get to enjoy having your friends close by so you can share time and activities. In contrast, seniors who live alone often feel loneliness.

2. Lots Of Privacy

In assisted living seniors live in very close quarters with one another. But with senior cohousing you get your own private apartment or house!

3. Less Money

Living in a nursing home or assisted living usually costs a lot more. But with senior cohousing, you’re sharing resources with friends, so you save money.

4. Lots of Mental & Emotional Wellbeing Perks

Let’s be real. Living in a Nursing home or in Assisted Living can feel a lot more depressing than living in a shared senior cohousing community.

5. Safety

In a cohousing neighborhood, you have neighbors around who expect to see you daily. They will notice if you’re not around. Hence if you fall,  then don’t show up for a meet up, your neighbors will check in on you.

Do YOU hope to sloooow down the aging process and protect yourself against age-related diseases and dementia? If so, check out my longevity book, ‘Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever‘ “

If you want to read this article in its entirety, click below.

https://www.notsalmon.com/2018/03/31/cohousing-with-friends/

Thank you Karen for spelling this out for all of us.

Thank you Alisa Steed for sharing.

5 thoughts on “Senior Cohousing Is Now Trending

  1. Thanks Lois. Seriously, I’ve been talking about it for 40 years. Me and most of my friends elected not to have children, so it’s a real concern. I always thought the best set up would be little individual houses with a big one in the middle with lounge, big kitchen, movie room and maybe a nurse when things get sketchy. Problem is that my friends live in the far reaches of America. We’ll have to figure out the “where”. xo

  2. Ironically, when the world was a simpler place (pre 1960) many people lived in close proximity (walking distance) to other family members and friends, which was a less formal but similar comforting and shared experience. Now, in the age of mobility, family and friends are often separated by thousands of miles.

  3. Co-housing is more common with multigenerational families when the grandparents take care of children while the parents work.
    Why not having similar aged folks living together. If planned out right, I think that this is a great concept and I am all for it.

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