According to census estimates the world’s 65 and older population is projected to triple by the year 2050. Many communities around the world are starting to get creative about how to meet the challenges of an aging population and, probably not surprisingly, Baby Boomers are rebelling against spending their final years in a nursing home. Cohousing, an alternative to nursing homes, is rising in popularity and for good reason.
COHOUSING is an intentional community of private homes surrounding a shared space. A collaborative environment where the residence help look after each other; they typically eat meals together, gather in the shared space for projects, entertainment, or simply to sit and talk for a while. Cohousing provides a community for those who don’t need, or want, full-time care.
Many older people are choosing this alternative living arrangement because they don’t want to rely on their children to be their caretakers. It also gives people who do not have children the opportunity to make a choice in how they live. Singles, couples, and friends are able to live together or near each other; fulfilling the need for human interactions while maintaining privacy.