Posted by Jenny Godwin, via PDX Commons' Newsletter
Several PDX Commoners are attending the National Cohousing Conference in Nashville. Here's what's motivating them to attend:
"I plan to concentrate on sessions related to creating caring, supportive cohousing communities. In PDX Cohousing, I hope to help create a framework where any of us can ask for and receive support during short term illness, some chronic illnesses, and even end-of-life situations."
- Susan Fries
Lindy Sexton of McCamant & Durrett Architects, based on an interview with Arthur Okner of Silver Sage Village in Boulder, CO
“We at Silver Sage strive to age-in-place. Given the caring support of our community, we can do so a lot longer than in many other aging care models,” says Art Okner. “Getting older is a long, fulfilling journey for most—you have a caring family, a good job, activities that you enjoy, and friends to share experiences with. These things ebb and flow in a thing we call life, and it’s hard to think of the future until one day you are there. The future belongs to those who recognize and prepare for aging.”
Nicholas Vergatos, Grace Farm (Noblesville, Indiana)
Grace Farm is a group of friends, with an average age of about 35, who have been exposed to community living through a few different experiences and have been motivated to potentially start our own cohousing community. The 10 founding members of Grace Farm have experienced community living most notably from our time at Bethlehem Farm, an intentional community in the mountains of West Virginia with a mission of service and outreach to the people of Appalachia.
We were surprised but pleased when a boat load of people arrived just as we opened our doors for the Cohousing Open House Day on April 29th. We had steady visitors for most of our four hours. Nobody was counting, but we estimate 50-60 folks came, which was great!
Ravens’ Roost, Anchorage’s first cohousing neighborhood celebrated its grand opening last month (on April 3rd), marking a monumental achievement of vision and persistence in bringing the idea of a collaborative community to reality in Alaska’s biggest city. Festivities were held in our common house and attached atrium, and included appearances by Alaska first lady Donna Walker, Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz, and a selection of other speakers instrumental in the development and success of the project.
No, not that president! Peter Lazar, president of the National Cohousing Association, has led the board this year in the ever-growing cohousing movement to create better communities across the country. And, he will greet you graciously when upon arrival at the National Cohousing Conference May 19-21.
The countdown is on - Saturday, April 29th is the 2nd Annual National Cohousing Open House Day! We Californians are excited to have 12 participating communities showcasing their neighborhoods, plus an organized bus tour of many planned for the day.
Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company and Nevada City Cohousing
Older adults around the United States (and around the world) are making a strong case for why living in a high functioning community is important to them, economically, physically, and socially. Many attempts to put seniors in community have proven to work short term, but funding and employee retention continue to strain these organizations. What seniors need (and want) is to be in the driver seat, to take control of their aging scenario. What they desire is to create their own community.