Elder Cohousing: Communitites for Senior Citizens

A haven for your golden years, elder cohousing is growing in popularity among the baby boomer generation in the U.S.

| January/February 2007

  • The residents of the first elder cohousing community in the United States—Glacier Circle Senior Community in Davis, California—gather for a group shot.
    Photo Courtesy Glacier Circle Senior Community
  • Future residents of Silver Sage Village meet to discuss the model of their elder cohousing community in Boulder, Colorado.
    Photo Courtesy Silver Sage Village

As the first wave of the baby boomer generation turns 60, there’s been a surge of speculation about how 78 million people will spend their golden years. Many are shunning institutional facilities, seeking new ways to live a satisfying, seasoned life.

Early this year, residents began moving into the first two U.S. “elder cohousing” communities. These cohousing villages are created by residents, with an emphasis on mutual support and environmentally conscious, accessible design. The Glacier Circle Senior Community in Davis, California, began in 2002 when its founding member called a meeting for seniors interested in a community approach to aging. With the help of cohousing developer Virginia Thigpen, eight households within a larger, mixed-use community evolved. Glacier Circle has a group garden and a common house, which includes an apartment that may house a cook or caregiver as the community’s needs evolve.

In Abingdon, Virginia, ElderSpirit Community is a larger project that includes privately owned homes as well as affordable rental units.

Other elder cohousing communities are forming across the country, from Fairbanks, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more, visit the Elder Cohousing Network online.



Elder Cohousing Projects

Elder Cohousing at Prospect
Longmont, Colorado
(303) 684-9999
25 to 30 households currently forming



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds