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Baby Boomer Retirement - Is Senior Cohousing a Good Option?
Episode 926th May 2020 • Sage Aging • Liz Craven
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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."

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