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The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, 2nd Edition Paperback – May 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0865716117 ISBN-10: 0865716110 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 2nd edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Durrett is the principal at McCamant & Durrett, a firm that specializes in affordable and community-based multi-family housing and cohousing. He has consulted on or designed over fifty cohousing communities internationally and lives in Nevada City, California. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner Kathryn McCamant.

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In the United States it was the creation of the Social Security and Medicare that help to diminish what had been a chronic problem of poverty among the elderly. But while economic assistance went a long way to improving the quality of their lives, the increasing fragmentation of the family structure continued to exacerbate problems of isolation and loneliness among the aged. That was a driving force behind the creation of community approach to independent living for the elderly. This newly emerging concept now has a documented track record of providing senior citizens with a living environment that contributes to a healthy, safe, stimulating, and socially active retirement. This is all laid out, replete with real-life examples, in the pages of Charles Durrett's "The Senior Cohousing Handbook" which defines, explains, and demonstrates the concepts, organization, structures, and benefits of a co-housing approach to senior living. A thoroughly 'reader friendly' and profusely illustrated instruction manual, "The Senior Cohousing Handbook" is especially recommended for anyone considering joining or establishing such a senior citizen housing arrangement in their own community.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen "Judith" on February 15, 2010
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This book is a good overview of the history as well as the actual process of forming and completing a senior co-housing group project. The only criticism I have is that the book relies a lot on the experiences of many such groups in Denmark who largely pioneered this type of senior living arrangement in the 1980's and 1990's. The social, economic and political factors that were conducive to the development of senior co-housing there seem significantly different from those confronting many seniors in 21st Century America.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lilian Avivia Lubochinski on August 12, 2013
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I was looking for an introductory text about this issue and it is everything I expected and even more!! Its well structured very clear and is exactly as a Manual should be!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mtn. Mama on September 21, 2013
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This book is full of great inspirations and stories and resources for learning more about the concept of cohousing. A must read for anyone considering building an intentional community.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anahata on March 23, 2013
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Best book on the subject--this is the man who brought the co-housing movement to this country.
He knows of what he speaks. Chuck full of all the information one needs on this subject..
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