Durrett & Nilsson's "Senior Cohousing Primer: Recent Examples & New Projects, 2nd Edition" (2017) -- if you read only one book, this is the one!
Janice Blanchard, Ed. "Aging in Community Revised Edition" (2013) with a chapter by the "accidental developer" of Elderspirit, Dene Peterson
Several resources for Dr. Gawande's Being Mortal:
PBS Frontline "Being Mortal" episode (2/10/15)
John Stewart Interview with Atul Gawande (really good)
"How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness" from YES!, summer 2013
Dr. Thomas is also the co-founder of The Eden Alternative
"The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living" (2008) by Russ Harris. An excellent companion to Being Mortal, emphasizing acceptance, mindfulness, and living one's core values, all vital ingredients in healthy aging.
ADDITIONAL WEBSITE RESOURCES:
Elderspirit, Abingdon, VA [one of the most important resources for the Feasibility Group in 2016]
The Cohousing Association of the United States [2017 national conference in Nashville, May 19-21]
Click here for their brochure
Germantown Commons, Tennessee's first cohousing community, in Nashville!
Death Café: “At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'”
A wealth of web resources, with a few annotations, from Common Ground Ally Pam S.
And we post new ones at our Facebook page
http://www.musingsmemoirandmedicine.com/2015/09/co-housing-community-at-its-best/ An excellent first-person perspective
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef9azOeuCPY Cohousing TED talk
https://www.cohousing.org.uk The UK Co-Housing Web Site
http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/how-to-design-our-neighborhoods-for-happiness [with a tip o’ the hat to Freud]
http://www.tnledger.com/editorial/article.aspx?id=66764 2013 coverage of Germantown Commons
https://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2014/9/7/together_we_live 2014 coverage of Germantown Commons in Nashville – great post!
http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/01/can-boomers-make-cohousing-mainstream/384624/ “Popular in northern Europe, cohousing is still a fringe option in the U.S. But the number of cohousing communities here is set to climb, thanks to Baby Boomers.”
http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/liv-com/fs175-cohousing.pdf Well researched 2010 AARP report
http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/cohousing-test.html “[Cohousing] is sometimes hard to explain, but this infographic sent to us by a British insurance company, Towergate, does a really good job.”
http://maryandkeith.blogspot.com/2009/12/some-thoughts-on-intentional-community.html Climate, governing structure, people, community economic structure, local economic conditions
Also lists communities visited.
http://newsok.com/article/3883233 EDEN CARE HOME OKLAHOMA
In a co-housing community, residents own their homes, but they share ownership of common grounds and a larger common house. That building has a commercial-size kitchen where residents share meals several times a week, a laundry room and spaces for other shared activities. When the communities are built, Maskall said, future residents discuss and decide what they’d like to see in the common house.
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2014/nov/03/co-housing-pioneers-move-ahead/271143/ Report on the Chattanooga project that has not been built: “The estimated buy-in per unit is $250,000 to $350,000, and monthly fees could run from $500 to $1,000 to cover utilities, staff, taxes and insurance. Kurtz said this is within the price range for many condos downtown, but the co-housing project will be a ‘condominium with assets.’”
http://www.dreamriverranch.org/#! Co-housing with horses and animals
http://www.cohousing.org/Nubanusit%20Neighborhood%20%26%20Farm Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm is a cohousing community in Peterborough, New Hampshire, located in the southwestern Monadnock region of the Granite State, just 90-minutes from Boston