Aging In Cohousing: Does your Community Have a Plan? (Janice Blanchard and Raines Cohen)

Presented by Janice Blanchard and Raines Cohen

Facilitated Discussion Description

Community is something we do together, it is not just a container for Aging. This facilitated discussion will help communities establish an “Aging-In-Place” committee and handbook full of wisdom, advice and tools to inspire vibrant living and successful aging—together. We will talk about healthy aging opportunities and what happens when elders require more assistance. Every community plan must be grounded in the wishes and consent of the person(s) who will be receiving care, as well as those who are giving it.

The important thing is to start—and continue—the conversation in a way that works for your community. You will receive straightforward information and checklists to help guide these conversations; including how to get started, questions to ask, and where to find basic resources.


Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Raines Cohen is a multi-tasking community organizers who has supported many cohousing neighborhoods at all stages of development. He has lived in two, advised several, and visited over 100 communities. He runs the world's largest cohousing MeetUp, East Bay Cohousing, with over 4000 members, and has over 5000 community seekers in his Cohousing California regional network. Raines has served on the Coho/US board, continues to serve as a Coho/US volunteer in responding to public inquiries, and helps with Coho/US social media.