What if 25 senior citizens decided to grow old together in a cohousing community? Learn about their illness, angst, and fun times while owning and maintaining 16 condos, a common house and community gardens.
Cohousing is a collaborative living arrangement. Residents own their own homes, live private lives but share in the ownership and upkeep of common spaces such the garden and common house.
It’s a challenging way to live, but living together more intentionally is a hedge against being alone and isolated through the twilight years of life.
Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village resident Alan O’Hashi was on his death bed in December 2013. Following a 6 week hospital and rehab stay and a month of home confinement, he joined a yoga community to regain his strength, but learned more about himself than just getting healthier.
Through his reflections, he recounts his continuing recovery and weaves those experiences with the perspectives of neighbors with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and those who find themselves in supportive neighborly care giving roles.
Cohousing pioneers Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett and gerontologist Anne Glass phD offer their perspectives about senior cohousing living.
Silver Sage Village featured residents:
- Lindy Cook (nurse)
- John Huyler (facilitator)
- Henry and Jean Kroll (retired from San Francisco)
- Dan Knifong (retired professor)
- Jim Leach (Silver Sage Village developer)
- Margaret Porter (retired federal government)
- Anne Glass phD (University of North Carolina Wilmington Gerontology Program Coordinator)
- Chuck Durrett AIA (McCamant and Durrett Architects)
- Katie McCamant (The Cohousing Company)
- Larissa Ortiz (teacher The Little Yoga Studio)