resources

Info on this site

A Perspective on Cohousing from Bill and Kay Darlington of Quimper Village Cohousing

Aging in Community by Jana Lynott of the AARP

Battling Rising Costs of Living by Nicole Brodeur of the Seattle Times

What is Senior Cohousing? by Cara Imperato of Senior Advice

In cohousing communities, UU seniors are finding new ways to ‘age in place’ by Kris Willcox of UU World

Offsite links

Is Cohousing the Future of Urban Design? by Towergate Insurance

Cohousing Communities in Washington
Bellingham Cohousing
Newt Crossing
Quimper Village
RoseWind Cohousing

Skagit Cohousing
Winslow Cohousing

Other Links
McCamant & Durrett Architects
Cohousing Association
Senior Cohousing Resource
CoHousing Solutions
SAGE Senior Cohousing Advocates

Books – General Overview of Cohousing

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. This is a high-level overview of cohousing in general.

The Senior Cohousing Handbook by Charles Durrett. This is an overview of senior cohousing.

Books – Recommended for Puyallup Cohousing

State-of-the-Art Cohousing: Lessons Learned from Quimper Village by Alexandria Levitt & Charles Durrett. This book is an extremely detailed look at the month by month journey of the future residents of Quimper Village from the formation of the core group in January 2014 until occupancy in October 2017. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Community Enhanced Design by Charles Durrett et al.   In this book Chuck shares the results of the several workshops that he recommends: for the site, for the common house, and for the individual homes.  The results from each workshop are captured for an intergenerational community and a senior community.  This book provides an opportunity to compare the things that you care about with the things that people in other communities were concerned about!  It’s a little pricy, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg. We have chosen this book to standardize our approach to NVC.

Videos

Cohousing Communities Help Prevent Social Isolation
From PBS in 2017: Groups in Denmark and the U.S. are choosing to live in intentionally intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing work and family. People living in them say the model fosters an interdependent environment and helps everyone feel more comfortable with the process of getting older. NewsHour Weekend’s Saskia de Melker reports.
How Cohousing Can Make Us Happier (and live longer) From a TED talk by Grace Kim in 2017: Loneliness doesn’t always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us — and it’s often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and how you live in it with this eye-opening talk.

Best of Both Worlds (trailer)
Cohousing through first-hand observation and interviews and with residents.

Best of Both Worlds (full video)
To watch the complete video, contact Mike for password.

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