The Senior Cohousing Handbook


As we age, we can experience greater challenge in receiving support, connection, and belonging. Senior cohousing is a vibrant, fulfilling solution that offers both purpose and community! The Senior Cohousing Handbook is your comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project specifically for seniors who want to age in intentional community.


The Senior Cohousing Handbook

A Community Approach to Independent Living

by Charles Durrett

No matter how rich life is in youth and middle age, the elder years can bring on increasing isolation and loneliness as social connections lessen, especially if friends and family members move away.

Senior cohousing fills a niche for senior adults who want to live in a social and environmentally vibrant community. Senior cohousing revolves around custom-built neighborhoods organized by the residents themselves in order to fit in with their real needs, wants, and aspirations for health, longevity and quality of life.

Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating this niche cohousing project. The author deals with all the psychological and logistical aspects of senior cohousing, and addresses common concerns, fears, and misunderstandings. He emphasizes the many positive benefits of cohousing, including:

  • Better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health
  • Friendships and accessible social contact
  • Safety and security
  • Affordability
  • Shared resources

Successful aging requires control of one’s life, and this generation of aging communitarians will find this book holds a compelling vision for their future.

About the Author

Charles Durrett is a principal at McCamant & Durrett in Nevada City, CA, a firm that specializes in affordable cohousing. He co-authored the groundbreaking Creating Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves with his business partner, Kathryn McCamant. He also authored Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities.

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