Entries by Kryspin Turczynski

Yes, We Have Drop In Office Hours!

We often get asked by folks if they can drop by the office to talk to us in person and get more detailed information about Phoenix Commons. The answer is absolutely, and we even have Thursday afternoons reserved for visitors. Come in and see us Thursdays between 2pm – 4pm, and learn how a senior […]

Elders Village Wins Grant From ‘Coming of Age’

We are pleased to announce that Elders Village, the nonprofit organization that works closely with Phoenix Commons on education and training, has been awarded a $2,500 grant from Coming of Age, a national organization that helps 50+ seniors explore their futures, make new connections, and contribute to the common good. This Making A Big Difference […]

Aging and Community: A Natural Fit

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat recently ran a story about a small cohousing community in Mendocino County (California) named Cheesecake (the article originally appeared in the New York Times). Besides its endearing name and secluded, wooded environment, one of the most striking aspects of the community is how the members have learned to deal with […]

Phoenix Commons officially a 55+ Community

We have just received word that the City of Oakland has agreed to change the age restriction from 60 to 55, in order to conform with federal fair housing laws. This is great news for future community members under the age of 60, who would have faced exclusion from Phoenix Commons if not for the […]

Senior Cooperative Living: University-Style

The ASA (American Society on Aging) blog has a fascinating interview with USC professor Victor Regnier, who holds the country’s only joint appointment to an architecture school and school of gerontology. His architectural grad students have designed a community based on the Apartment for Life housing projects that are popular in Europe, particularly the Netherlands. […]

Successful Aging Orientation Workshop Well Attended

The Community Room hosted eleven people at the Orientation Workshop last week, with some great discussions about the aging population, the realities of aging in the 21st century, and various options for future planning. The Orientation Workshop is a prerequisite for the full Successful Aging course. Presented by Elders Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to […]

Success at the BDCD Hearing!

Great news! In a public hearing on September 19th, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), which must approve all waterfront projects in the Bay Area, has formally approved Phoenix Commons’ application to renovate the dock and extend the bay trail all the way to the bridge. This is not just a major […]