Goodbye Nursing Homes!

We already know all of this! And consider ourselves the lucky ones!

Senior cohousing neighborhoods were actually created in Denmark in the early 1960s and brought to North America in 1988. Due to the boomer generation looking for more desirable alternative living arrangements, cohousing has been growing in popularity and has picked up steam in recent years.

A cohousing community is intended to ensure that each senior that lives there can enjoy privacy and have a space of their own (their own house or apartment) while also being able to take advantage of shared spaces.

Essentially, it’s seniors living in their own space, surrounded by THEIR friends who share things like the dining area, library, fitness center, garden, TV room, and more — how exciting!

#seniorcohousing

https://theheartysoul.com/co-housing-seniors/

Plan Now For Affordable Care Later

The sooner you start planning for the future, the greater your chances of remaining happy and independent through your golden years!

#cohousing #aging

Live Longer, Stay Younger

“We’re talking about rethinking, redefining one-third of adult life! The greatest achievement in the history of humankind — and all we can is that it’s going to make Medicare go broke? Why don’t we take that one-third and create new stories, new rituals, new mythologies for people as they age?”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/20/can-we-live-longer-but-stay-younger

Borrowing Strengthens Society

The amount of social capital being created and exchanged is a great barometer of a community’s health! Examples of items recently shared by neighbors at Phoenix Commons include: umbrellas, batteries, books, dogs, movies, kitchen gadgets, sweatshirts, rides, and yes, even the occasional cup of sugar!

#cohousing #WeLoveToShare

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/community-relationships-borrowing-from-neighbors-strengthens-democracy-20190318

The Fountain of Cognitive Youth

Phoenix Commons has a small room on the 4th floor where members can practice meditation, prayer, reflection, etc. All are welcome to group meditation on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm!

https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/neuroscience-shows-that-50-year-olds-can-have-brains-of-25-year-olds-if-they-do-this.html

Elixir For Aging

Supportive friendly neighbors right outside your door? Check.

Sharing of resources, knowledge, and responsibilities? Check.

All the community you want with all the privacy you need? Check.

For aging boomers who understand that personal independence can be maximized through social interdependence, senior cohousing communities are an extremely attractive option.

Cohousing Does Not Equal Commune

Join us for a dinner or party in our common areas and you’ll quickly realize that cohousing is NOT just for hippies!

PS. But hippies are welcome here too — we are just a few miles away from Berkeley after all!

#cohousing #someofusarehippies

Community-Focused Living Spaces

It’s not exactly cohousing, but the apartments described in this article are part of a growing trend of living spaces designed with community in mind — a trend we at Phoenix Commons are proud to be pioneering!

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-coliving-development-20190106-story.html

Relationships Are The Key

The remedy to loneliness? Relationships!

#cohousing

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/18/health/loneliness-peaks-study/index.html