Guest Column: Aging in Community

by Jim Leach, CohoUS Board Member

Silver Sage Village, an urban senior cohousing community in Boulder, is among the earliest senior cohousing communities in the country, opening in 2007 with 16 owner-occupied units. Ten are market rate and six are permanently affordable, plus there are now two basement apartments as rentals. At present we have 28 residents, including 10 couples, 8 single women and no single men. The age range is currently 56 to 89. We are self-managed through five “standing teams,” contracting out a few basic services such as snow removal, but doing most of the work of managing our community ourselves.

It is helpful to share and read what other communities are doing, because we recognize that aging in a cohousing community contains many unknowns—it is a true social experiment. In fact, we would like to learn what the experience of senior communities has been in Europe—is the rumor true that some now have reverse-age restrictions, where new members have to be below a certain age? And how did Glacier Way evolve, the 8-unit community in Davis, CA where everyone was advanced in age when it started more than 25 years ago? 

Continue reading on our blog.

The Commons

A (free) monthly gathering for the cohousing curious

(and experts too!)

Curious about cohousing but don’t know where to start? Want to meet with cohousing newbies and experts alike? This (free) monthly gathering will include a Cohousing 101 presentation and ample time to connect and ask questions. We’ll share cohousing lingo, best practices and more information on how to continue your cohousing journey. Join us once, or every time – we’ll be here every month on the 10th at 10am MT.


New Guide to Starting a Community

As seniors look for more ways to stay socially engaged, there’s a new book that can be a great resource, Building Belonging: Your Guide to Starting a Residential Intentional Community. The book looks at the many aspects of starting an intentional community like cohousing. The author, Yana Ludwig, has 25 years of cooperative living experience, including four community start-ups. She has served as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant for progressive projects since 2005. The book was published by the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC). 

Read more on our blog

Upcoming events

July 10 –– The Commons, 10am MT - Register here

July 20 — Senior Cohousing Q & A, 10am MT - Register here

Aug. 2 –– “Aging Gracefully in Community”, 9am–1pm MT - A 5-week online course from the Foundation for Intentional Community, $99–$249 - Register here

Aug. 10 –– The Commons, 10am MT - Register here

Senior Cohousing Q&A

Want to learn more about what it's like to build, join, and participate in cohousing as you age? The Senior Cohousing Advocates Committee will be facilitating an informal conversation for those interested in senior cohousing and/or senior living in intergenerational cohousing. This (free) event will take place every month on the 20th at 10am MT.


Will you share your community stories with us?

Submit anecdotes, photos, videos and stories so that we can help tell the story of life in community.


Cohousing is part of a more sustainable, democratic and connected future.

To date, CohoUS has helped enable the development of over 200 cohousing communities in the US. These communities serve as examples of the sustainable and community-based neighborhoods our country will need in the future. Please support CohoUS and help us double that number in the next few years.


Your monthly gift will both support new initiatives as well as the continued nurturing of our communities and growth of our movement. As an Evergreen Neighbor, you can take pride in creating a legacy that will live on to support future generations.

Donations, as a community or as an individual, are accepted year round and can be made to:

Cohousing Association of the US

3860 Chase St

Wheat Ridge, CO 80212


Upcoming events hosted by our partners and friends:

July 11th: Understanding and Addressing Diversity Related Harm

July 12th: Examining Intentional Community Living for Elders

July 13th: Filling Leadership Positions in your Community

July 19th: Economic Models for Intentional Communities

July 20th: Intro to Consensus

July 27th: Introduction to Intentional Communities

August 2nd: Aging Gracefully in Community (Five-week course)

September 12th: Facilitation in Community (Five-week course)

September 13th: Raising Children in Community (Five-week course)

Please also check out the Foundation for Intentional Communities on-demand offerings as well as a survey for Military Veterans with 6 months or more of experience living in Intentional Community which is open from now until July 15th.

Classified Listings
Forming Communities and Communities Seeking Members

Sunnyside Village Cohousing

Seattle, WA

Adams Creek Cohousing

Hood River, OR

Mission Peak Village

Fremont, CA

Burns Village & Farm Cohousing and Agrihood Community


Cohousing Houston

Houston, TX

Rachel Carson EcoVillage

Gibsonia, PA

Cathedral Park Cohousing

Portland, OR

Heartwood Commons

Tulsa, OK

Heartwood Cohousing


Washington Commons

West Sacramento, CA

Skagit Commons

Anacortes, WA

Cohousing ABQ

Albuquerque, NM

Homes for Sale or Rent

Salt Lake City, UT

For Sale: 3-Bedroom for sale at Wasatch Commons

Eugene, OR

For Sale: Community by the river, 4bed/3bath, brand new community

Durham, NC

For Sale: *price reduced* LBGT-focused 55+ community - 2 bedroom, 2 bath home available in Village Hearth Cohousing

Littleton, MA

For Sale: One Home Left in New England's First Over-55 Cohousing Community: 1 br # Den

Eugene, OR

For Sale: at River Song Cohousing in Eugene, OR: Near new 3 br/2 ba Unit Available September 1

Fair Oaks, CA

For Sale: 2 bedroom, 1 bath upstairs flat with well-designed floor plan, efficient storage, and large windows in Fair Oaks Ecohousing

Stillwater, OK

For Sale: 1 bedroom home for sale in Oakcreek Community

Prescott, AZ

For Sale: Sweet and cozy, craftsman-style home in Manzanita Village, Prescott Arizona

Prescott, AZ

For Sale: Craftsman style 2000 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 office custom home in one of the most livable small cities in the country.

Anacortes, WA

For Sale: 2 bed/2 bath Home at Skagit Commons in Anacortes, WA

Durham, NC

For Sale: Village Hearth Cohousing LGBTQ and Allies 55+ Cottage Style 2 Bed/2 Bath

Durham, NC

For Sale: Village Hearth Cohousing LGBTQ and Allies 55+ Single Level 650 Sq. Ft. 1 Bed/1 Bath home

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