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.
“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.
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.