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1 Newer Housing Options for Older Adults Linda Giltz, AICP Senior Planner, Land-of-Sky Regional Council –

2 Newer Housing Options for Older Adults Cohousing Communities – Elder Cohousing Shared Home (akin to “Golden Girls”) Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) The Green House Project 

3 New Paradigm for Elder Living Human-scaled Relationship-based Resident managed/centered, with an overlay of lifelong learning, later-life spirituality, and “Giving back" to your own and the greater community. A sense of "community" is an essential ingredient in quality of life and significantly improves health status. 1 From Alex Mawhinney’s article “Intentional Elder Neighborhoods” – on 1 See "The Roseto Effect" at

4 Changing Culture – desire for community “Community is a dynamic whole that emerges when a group of people participate in common practices; depend upon one another; make decisions together; identify themselves as part of something larger than the sum of their individual relationships; and commit themselves for the long term to their own, one another’s, and, the group’s well being.” from Creating Community Anywhere, Carolyn Shaffer & Kristin Anundsen

5 Cohousing What is cohousing? – condominium/townhouse community – people live in their own homes and share common elements: Gardens and grounds Common House (a.k.a. community building) “stuff” Westwood Cohousing – Asheville, NC

6 Cohousing What is cohousing? – Community focus – in design, sharing meals and common areas, in governance All photos – Westwood Cohousing

7 Cohousing What is cohousing? – Efficiencies – Shared vision/intention and work and tools

8 Six Defining Characteristics of Cohousing (http://www.cohousing.org/six_characteristics)http://www.cohousing.org/six_characteristics Participatory Process Neighborhood Design Common Facilities Resident Management Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making No shared community economy Pacifica (Carrboro) – upper right Eno Commons (Durham) – lower right

9 Cohousing Communities in NC from North Carolina CommunityCity/TownUnitsAcresStatus Arcadia CohousingChapel Hill3317Completed 1999 Blue Heron FarmPittsboro1564Building Deep River CoHousing at Living Well Community FranklinvilleForming Durham Central Park Cohousing Community Durham251Own Site ElderberryRougemontForming Eno CommonsDurham2211Completed 2000 PacificaCarrboro468Completed 2006 SolterraDurham3820Completed 2003 the Villages at Crest Mountain Asheville1136Building Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood Black Mountain5Building Westwood CohousingAsheville244Completed 1998

10 Senior / Elder Cohousing Older Adult cohousing communities Independent living Silver Sage Village, Boulder, Colorado ElderSpirit Cohousing, Abingdon, VA The Elder Cohousing Network -

11 Senior Cohousing “What boomers left undone in their youth, they will return to take up in their maturity, if for no other reason than because they will want to make old age interesting.” From Theodore Roszak’s new book, The Making of an Elder Culture

12 Elder Cohousing – ElderSpirit All residents age 55 or older; set up to age in place 16 affordable (subsidized) apartments plus 13 market-rate homes

13 Elder Cohousing – ElderSpirit “People don’t feel old here” –residents have a lot in common and enjoy and relate to each other Very connected to larger Abingdon community Art Room (left) Common House Kitchen (right) Path to Virginia Creeper Trail (bottom)

14 Senior Cohousing - examples Wolf Creek Lodge – a cohousing community for active adults (Grass Valley, CA). This 30-household, three story Lodge will be built on spacious, wooded land that slopes down to flowing Wolf Creek.

15 Senior Cohousing - examples Silver Sage Village – 16 housing units clustered around a common courtyard, and an accessible 2-story, 5,000 sq. ft. Common House with a large outdoor deck and expansive views of the Rocky Mountains. (Boulder, CO)

16 Shared Home Model Group of older adults living together in a house (remember Golden Girls?) Each has own room (Often) Shared kitchen, dining, living areas Women for Living in Community (Asheville) – “Community living based on the guidance of feminine desires for relatedness, commitment, laughter and sharing.”

17 Shared Home - example in WNC Lotus Lodge Cohousing-like – a common vision unites the community 4400 sq. ft., two-story, built in 1915 Converted into 3 apartments – total of 9 bedrooms, 3 kitchens, 4 baths and a few common rooms 10 long-term residents 2.5 acres of land, organic gardens, semi- rural area 15 minutes from downtown Asheville Also serves as a vacation or retreat rental

18 Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities Typical communities where a lot of residents have lived for a long time and aged in place – AARP estimates about 5,000 exist across the US The Village Model – pioneered by Beacon Hill Village of Boston – Nonprofit reviews and organizes programs and services

19 Green House Concept An innovative model for residential long-term care that involves a total rethinking of the philosophy of care, architecture, and organizational structure normally associated with long-term care. Vision of Dr. William Thomas, a Harvard- educated geriatrician The Green House Project, funded by RWJF and technical assistance fees, provides technical assistance and pre-development loans to organizations that want to establish Green House homes.

20 Green House Concept An independent, self-contained home for six to 12 people, designed to look like a private home or apartment Typically licensed as a skilled nursing facility Each person has a private bedroom and bathroom Bedrooms open onto a common living, kitchen and dining area

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