The Baby Boomer generation, 73 million strong, are entering the 65+ age group at a rate of 10,000 per day in the United States. By the year 2030, all Baby Boomers will have joined the 65+ club placing a lot of stress on the senior housing industry. So what does senior housing of the future look like and what changes are coming to accommodate the rapidly growing need? A 30 minute podcast episode isn’t nearly enough time to tackle that question entirely, but today we are going to talk about a lesser known option called Cohousing. Cohousing communities bring together the value of private homes and the advantages of shared public space. Is senior Cohousing a good option?
My guest on this episode is Gail Bagley. A retiree living in Lakeland, FL Gail has dreamed of living in a cooperative, communal-type arrangement for decades and is the founding member of Friends and Neighbors Cohousing LLC, a cohousing community in the planning stages in Lakeland, FL.
Here is what we talked about:
What is cohousing? Description and brief history
Why is senior cohousing relevant now?
What cohousing is not
Why Senior Cohousing/Who is a good candidate
The process: how is a cohousing community created?
Examples of existing senior cohousing communities
Benefits of senior cohousing (to the individual and to the wider community)
Where to get more info and learn about cohousing in my area
About Gail Bagley
"I am a senior citizen! Also a Florida resident since 1970 (before Disney World opened😉); Lakeland resident since 2002. 34 year career in high tech industrial distribution management, followed by 10 years in marketing, education and consulting for local organizations serving seniors.
I have dreamed of living in a cooperative, communal-type arrangement for decades. I am the founding member Friends and Neighbors Cohousing LLC, president of non-profit SAGE Senior Coho Advocates, Executive board member of non-profit Rath Senior ConNEXTions. Also involved in the SAGEing Wisdom Circle in Winter Haven."