Selected Resources

A 2004 UU World article on Cohousing.  Kindly shared by Mary Hinton of Germantown Commons 

Charles Durrett's "The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, 2nd Ed." (2009) -- our initial guide

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:

"How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness" from YES!, summer 2013

"Successful Aging of Societies," John Rowe, 2015, Daedalus (connected to MacArthur Research Network)

NYT Feb. 2016 Review of books on "The Good Death"

Washington Post interview with Dr. Bill Thomas, creator of The Green House Project. 

            And more about The Green House Project

            Dr. Thomas is also the co-founder of The Eden Alternative

"Zen and the Art of Dying Well"  (8/4/2015 NYT opinion) / Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco)

"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.


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

Fellowship for Intentional Community

Germantown Commons, Tennessee's first cohousing community, in Nashville!

"The Conversation Project" to "foster meaningful and effective conversations about end-of-life care" (Boulder, CO) -- and here's their "Conversation Starter Kit"

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  An excellent first-person perspective Cohousing TED talk The UK Co-Housing Web Site [with a tip o’ the hat to Freud] 2013 coverage of Germantown Commons 2014 coverage of Germantown Commons in Nashville – great post!  “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.”  Well researched 2010 AARP report  Silver Sage-related “[Cohousing] is sometimes hard to explain, but this infographic sent to us by a British insurance company, Towergate, does a really good job.” Climate, governing structure, people, community economic structure, local economic conditions
Also lists communities visited.  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. 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.’” communities  ASHEVILLE, NC!   Co-housing with horses and animals  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   B.C.

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