Co-Housing, Community Networks the Key to Aging in Place?

Many baby boomers are resistant to the idea of leaving their homes, so they’re looking for housing alternatives as they age and are turning to their communities, writes a North Carolina Health News article

Against the stream of an increasingly virtual world, folks of all ages are seeking community – and discovering it.

This impulse to share time and space is gaining particular resonance with seniors, who, while protective of their independence, face the golden years having lost or distant loved ones, even as they realize the need for assistance.

Some elder North Carolinians are looking for ways to insure they never have to leave their own homes, that means exploring alternatives.

One option is co-housing, a concept growing in popularity across the country with families and single adults of all ages. In co-housing environments, residents commit to living as a community and take an active role in designing and maintaining that community.

Communities-by-design strictly for seniors is a more nascent phenomenon. Its attractions for many seniors are manifest: the comfort and convenience of advancing into the latter years among peers, sharing responsibilities and resources and enjoying one another’s company. 

The article goes on to discuss the concept of “naturally occurring retirement communities,” such as the Beacon Hill Village community in Boston, Mass., where older residents volunteer to help each other, collectively contract for everyday services, and organize social events.

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Written by Alyssa Gerace

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