In this semester, our project is mainly about designing couhousing for elderly people. Durrett (2009) claims that ‘Senior cohousing is a relevant reaction to the realities of our society.’ It is different with other existing private households. Old people who live in isolated houses are pursuing the sense of belonging with neighborhood. Thus, what kind of community is in a senior cohousing? Taking care of each other, sharing the facilities and making decisions together make residents feel they are part of a community in a cohousing (Age UK, 2015). Through these things, older people feel they are independent and can stay for longer. Glass (2009) states that it is more important for senior than for other aged groups to have a community and independence. Therefore, many older people do prefer to live in cohousing rather than living alone or in retirement centres by themselves.
In addition, there are advantages in a cohousing community. Older individuals are from different background in terms of personal and social levels. It makes mutual relationships with neighbours. Also, promoting sense of wellbeing, reducing loneliness and isolation, continuing community engagement, staying healthier for longer and making them independence will be the result for elder people who are living in cohousing community (Brenton, 2013). There are positive view of old aged group who are in senior cohousing community.
However, there is a disadvantage in a cohousing community. It will spend a long time when people even decide simple things or buying things. The reason why is that everyone in cohousing need to agree on with that, it is like being married with many people (Age UK, 2015). Sometimes, it will be difficult for everyone to reach an agreement.
At last, cohousing can lead more benefit than its drawback. Community of cohousing will be good choice for senior people in the future.
Age UK (2015) Living together in a cohousing community. Available at: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/housing-choices/living-together-in-a-cohousing-community/ (Accessed: 10 May 2015)
Brenton, M. (2013) ‘Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK?’ JRF Programme Paper, January 2013. Available at: http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/senior-cohousing-communities-full.pdf (Accessed: 10 May 2015)
Durrett, C. and Thomas, W. (2009). Senior cohousing handbook. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers.
Glass, A, (2009) ‘Why Aging in Community?’ pp 255-272, in Durrett (above)