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Proposing elderly communal housing; i.e. private residence with central/shared kitchen and living rooms with private bed and bathrooms.

For the elderly who don't want as "assisted care" fascility and don't have family, yet need some form of community life. Perhaps with a live-in assistant to help drive to Dr. appointments, hairdressers , marketing etc. and otherwise help. The elderly would basically help each other and remain social and somewhat independent. I hear it's the latest rage at colleges these days. Question: why are so few of these being built in the US? Money?

Topics: Elderly housing

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    May 26 2013: What is required is a group of people with diverse talents, from financial advisers and accountants to nurses and doctors, from chefs, gardeners, and artists, to cleaning crews. From someone who can find a property worth building upon or retrofitting, to men and women who can do the work --all in their senior years, alone, and all willing to pull together. And place for them to meet and brainstorm. I guess we need a website. I pipe dream, I guess. But one I like to dwell upon. Often.
    • May 27 2013: In my research, I've learned about a Charles Durette, architect, who promotes co-housing and helps get a community off the ground. Website:cohousingco.com
      I will check it out tomorrow.
    • Jun 2 2013: I think there is definitely real needs here that is not met, and I am very interested in learning more and to contribute. The key, as mentioned by others before: serve the needs motivated by passion, self-help, community, as opposed to profit-oriented business. Not a charity either! Nothing like that out there I know of. When enough people dream about it, it is no longer a dream.

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