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affordable housing san rafaelPEP Housing, Providing low-income seniors with quality affordable housing Citizens were appalled to discover that many elderly in their community were living out their senior years in converted garages, storage units, and tents without heat or running water. The founders began to meet regularly as volunteers, believing that other community volunteers could and would join them in an effort to sponsor and manage housing for low-income seniors living on limited, fixed incomes. – PEP Housing.org

CA PACE logoCalifornia PACE Plans In order to be eligible as a participant in one of California’s PACE plans, you must reside in one of the zip codes listed.— California PACE Plans

Southwest Indian Relief Council iconHome Improvement Services Many Elders on remote reservations of the Southwest are forced to endure the winter in houses that are almost as cold inside as out. The Southwest Indian Relief Council Program addresses this problem, which is caused by acute housing shortages and inadequate tribal funds for home improvement, through its Home Improvement service.Southwest Indian Relief Council

Tiny House in AustinAustin to Shelter Homeless in a Tiny House Village In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move. Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast, and an Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie theater.— Shareable

affordable housesSenior Housing – Affordable Housing Experts By 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65, and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs. Those 50 and older also need safe communities, adequate transportation options and access to grocery stores, doctors and community activities. AARP Foundation is developing strategies to address the senior housing crisis and make all of our communities affordable and welcoming for people regardless of age or physical ability.— AARP 

Older Homeless peopleOlder Homeless Expected to Die Off Soon The number of homeless people in the United States is expected to plummet over the next decade as indigents who fell prey to crack and hard times 30 years ago die of premature old age, according to a new study.— SFGate

How the Homeless Population is Changing: It’s Older and Sicker The common perception of homelessness is that it is a problem that afflicts only those with mental health and substance use problems. But this description doesn’t describe the experience of older adults, particularly those who first experienced homelessness late in life.— Huffington Post

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nusing home cartoon - man holding flashlight looking for an affordable oneNursing Home Unthinkable? Be Prepared in Case It’s Inevitable Nobody looks forward to spending their final years in a nursing home, yet 1.4 million Americans are living in this often-feared institutional setting. You may not want to place a loved one in a nursing home for more than a short-term recovery — but never promise an aging relative that it won’t happen. – The New York Times

young child and elder handsThey Put A Pre-School In A Nursing Home And It Changed Everyone’s Life In Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, WA, something amazing has happened at the Inter-Generational Learning Center to ensure that the elderly people at their nursing home are happy. They decided to put a pre-school in a nursing home. Family members and staff were all pleasantly surprised to see the huge difference it made in the lives of both the elderly and the children. – Collective-Evolution

woman talking to 2 seniorsSearching for Quality in Assisted Living Care  Finding the right assisted living option for a family member can be a daunting task, and it’s not always easy to find data about the quality of various facilities. To help families get the information they need, A Place for Mom Inc., a commercial housing referral service for older adults, recently created an online, state-by-state guide to obtaining records on assisted living communities.—The New York Times

man pushing mother in wheelchairThe Teeth of Memory At age 88, my mother broke her hip and was sent for rehab to a nursing home. I went out to California for three weeks to oversee her care and look after my father, who could no longer drive. While old age had rendered him kindly and forgetful, it left my mother as sharp as ever but more irritable, especially with my father. To stave off my own panic, I swam every other day at a Y.M.C.A. several miles down the freeway…– The New York Times

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cohousing communityCohousing: The Secret to Sustainable Living? Back in the good old days, I’m told, people lived in neighborhoods where they looked out for each other. They had potlucks, kept an eye on each other’s kids, loaned out lawnmowers and cups of sugar. Each home was its family’s castle, but the instinct to participate in a caring community transcended the temptation to isolate in private houses.– Grist.org

single ladies in a communityWhat the Single Ladies Have Wanted for More Than a Century Joani Blank lives in a cohousing community in Oakland, Calif. Of 20 households there, she said, about 12 (including hers) are headed by single people. The community was founded 15 years ago, and 16 of its original members still live there. Residents prepare communal meals three times a week, and help one another in other ways; recently, one of Ms. Blank’s neighbors took care of her dog while she was away.— The New York Times

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Creating Cohousing book coverCreating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities  by Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durett The cohousing “bible” by the US originators of the concept.

Senior Cohousing book cover The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living by Charles Durrett and Patch Adams This book is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project, written by the US leader in the field. 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.

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continuing communities Health Care Continuing Care Retirement Communities When your parent or loved one decides they’re ready to move from the family home, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) may be worth considering. Offering a variety of services within one community, CCRCs guarantee lifetime housing, social activities and increased levels of care as needs change. These features, however, do come with a price. Learn more about CCRCs to decide whether they’re right for your loved one. – AARP

copule looking at continuing-care retirement community at homeNew Model of Continuing-Care Retirement Communities: ‘CCRCs Without Walls’ Thinking about moving to a so-called CCRC, or continuing-care retirement community? Perhaps you could stay in your home—and have the community come to you.— Wall Street Journal

man & senior in a CRCJustice Department Takes Down Barriers in Retirement Homes When the dispute started four years ago, residents and their children figured it would be easily resolved. The seniors liked living at Harbor’s Edge, an upscale continuing care retirement community in Norfolk, Va. They appreciated its amenities, including River Terrace, a gracious dining room with waterfront views. When a neighbor or spouse had to move from independent living to assisted living or to the nursing unit — the very transitions this kind of graduated facility is designed to accommodate — their friendships endured. – The New York Times

Made-to-Order CCRC UnitsMade-to-Order CCRC Units Redefine Senior Living Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are more than just real estate — they’re lifestyle choices. But until recently, the physical apartments haven’t quite reflected residents’ hobbies, interests or preferences on an individual basis, some say. A new model is changing that.The “lifestyle apartment” model seeks to mirror residents’ lifestyles by basing the design and functionality of the units on residents’ daily activities.— Senior Housing News

cuban senior manWhere Do the Nation’s Oldest Citizens Live? Communally, in Cities The majority of the nation’s oldest citizens do not live by themselves—they live in some sort of communal setting or with family members, and in the next four decades their ranks are projected to grow substantially. Only a little more than third of centenarians, both male and female, lived alone in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while most lived with others. – Senior Housing News

asian seniorsThe Case for Aging in Community, Not in Place Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) can greatly increase independence. A CCRC provides unique opportunities for a safe, meaningful and productive life as one grows older. The idea that independence is best preserved by aging in place is a myth exposed when elders must rely on family, friends, a plethora of professional caregivers and, often, an assisted living facility or nursing home.— American Society on Aging

Nurse holding hand of senior womanRisks and Rewards of Moving to a CCRC (video and article) Imagine hunting for a new home, making high-stakes health care decisions and negotiating a complex business deal—all at the same time. That’s the challenge facing seniors considering a move to a continuing-care retirement community.— Kiplinger

seniors in a CCRCThe Everything-in-One Promise of a Continuing Care Community  Is it possible to have it all in retirement? That’s what so-called continuing care retirement communities promise. These hybrids offer independent living apartments (and sometimes free-standing cottages) along with assisted-living support, home care, a nursing home and often specialized memory care, all within one complex. The idea is for a resident to “age in place” and obtain additional services as that person becomes more frail and dependent, without having to move. – The New York Times

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities by Bernice Hunt book coverContinuing Care Retirement Communities by Bernice Hunt This is a complete guide to one of the most popular retirement options―Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)―where you can enjoy life to the fullest, knowing that if you become ill, you’ll receive all the care you need. It explains what CCRCs are, how they operate, and what they offer. You’ll learn what to look for, what to steer clear of, what you have a right to expect, and how you can best make the transition when you move.

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seniors decluttering possessionsMoving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings The amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. And that is what Wendel and Carolyn Thompson, of Columbia, Md., have been grappling with since January as they prepare to leave their split level and move to a retirement community this month. – The New York Times

moving boxesGetting While the Getting Is Good As just about everyone who has cared for an aging parent knows, getting old is both an inexorable and maddeningly unpredictable forward march. Everything is OK. Then it’s not. Then it is again. What felt early on like a roller coaster becomes the new normal. In between swerves and plummets, it is almost possible to doze off.— The New York Times

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woman living at Green HouseSmall Residences for the Elderly Provide More Personal, Homelike Care For greater warmth and nurturing, seniors are turning to small residences like Green House, which is part of a complex of senior housing and care options, and privately owned care homes that are often unmarked in residential neighborhoods. They are usually newer, sometimes cheaper, and generally offer more customized care than most nursing homes. – The New York Times

cartoon of 2 women in wheelchairsThe Green House Effect: Homes for the Elderly to Thrive Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard-educated geriatrician helped create the Green House project, a new model for long-term care, its name suggesting a nurturing environment where elders and the frail can thrive. The Green House project has spread to 27 states, with four more soon to join the movement. Green House residents, whose care is financed by Medicaid, Medicare or private funds, live in cottages with private rooms and private baths. — The New York Times

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American couple living in FranceThe Dream of Moving Abroad in Later Life, With Good Health Care For the well-traveled, the idea of retirement abroad can seem an idyll. You pick a place you’ve loved visiting, whether it’s the thrumming avenues of Paris or the sunny strands of Panama, and jet off for the perfect permanent vacation. But the fantasy can become less carefree if you haven’t figured out in advance what to do about health insurance. – The New York Times

Amreican retiree with her store in MexicoWorking Abroad After Retirement Gains Appeal Simply retiring abroad has become old news, as people seek cheaper places to live and to slash health care costs while enjoying more temperate climes. But now enjoying a “working retirement” appears to be gaining traction with expats, as it has in the United States. An increasing number of retirees, who can expect to live longer, healthier lives, are choosing to work in retirement, at least part-time, typically for fear of outliving their money or to keep active and engaged.—The New York Times

Hispanic retired coupleEmpty-Nesters Fly Their Own Coops I read on Facebook that my friend Scott had rolled into town, but he was only here for a few days — in between his summer in Paris, autumn stint in Vermont for leaf-peeping, a quick trip to L.A., then his annual extended stay in Oaxaca — so I didn’t get to see him this time around. Scott, who’s 54, is one of my homeless friends — homeless in the most delightful way. Next Avenue

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2 gay retireesRetirement homes geared to gays offer compassion, community  Matile Rothschild and Joan Zimmerman lived more than a decade in their San Francisco home, in a quiet neighborhood near Lake Merced where they had a community of friends who were like family. But in recent years that started to change as their friends retired and moved away. The women began considering their own options, even checking out a retirement home in Portland, Ore., near Rothschild’s son. – SF Gate

2 gay men retireesStaff Training Is Key to Creating an LGBT-Friendly Housing Environment The situation facing many LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) older adults is trying to find safe, affordable, and high-quality housing. Years of living in environments hostile to the LGBT community have made many older adults afraid to openly identify as LGBT. Even in 2015, anti-LGBT discrimination and abuse are well-founded, and fears of discrimination are realistic.— American Society on Aging

Letter Carriers’ Retirement Community signNo Dogs Allowed at Letter Carriers’ Retirement Community If you’re a retired postal worker, the last thing you may want to see is a stack of mail or a territorial dog. At the nation’s only retirement community for postal workers, you won’t have to deal with either of those things. – realtor.com

over Ft Lauderdale Gay Retirement Today we’re taking a look at gay-friendly retirement locations. It turns out that it’s a myth that most gay people live in a handful of well-known urban neighborhoods like the Castro in San Francisco or Chelsea in New York City. You can go back to the 2000 Census and learn that same-sex couples live in 99 percent of U.S. counties.— Huffington Post

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Downtown_Phoenix_Aerial_Looking_NortheastAmerica’s 10 Fastest-Growing Places to Retire When to retire is one of life’s biggest decisions, but where to retire is an often-overlooked question that can be equally important. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas for retirees. – Next Avenue

best cities for successful aging logoBest Cities for Successful Aging Best Cities is not about the best places to retire. To the contrary, it offers a broad focus on livability across the life course.— The Milken Institute

Age Friendly World drawingAge Friendly World A key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our world more age-friendly. An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. And it helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves. – World Health Organization

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retired seniors in a communityRetirement in a Community. But Which One? Five years after she began her quest at age 62, Ms. Canfield moved in to just the sort of place she had been looking for: a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Symphony Village, an active adult community in Centreville, Md., 15 minutes from her daughter and family. “When I came here it was so different,” she said. “Everyone seemed younger and more vibrant. They were out and doing things.” – The New York Times

 The Giant Retirement Community That Explains Where Americans Are Moving The Villages, Fla., an hour northwest of Orlando, may be the only retirement community that is also the center of its own census-designated statistical area. It also holds another distinction: In 2014, its population rose more quickly than that of any other census area in the United States, climbing 5.4 percent, compared with 0.7 percent for the nation as a whole. – New York Times

cartoon of mean seniors playing cardsMean Girls in the Retirement Home The notion that a threat to seniors is their peers is somewhat new and usually played for laughs. It goes against a truism handed down from mothers to daughters for generations: This, too, shall pass. Mean girls are not girls, or mean, forever. High school doesn’t last forever, everyone grows up. But Nanna’s experience suggests otherwise. — The New York Times

Artist in resident talk to seniors In Cleveland, Young and Old Keep Tempo of Life Here at Judson, young and old play nicely together, part of an intergenerational program that has led to harmonious relationships beyond the concerts. While many residences for older people are regularly serenaded by the local high school band or other area musicians, Judson Manor’s initiative has taken such interaction several steps further. – The New York

retired senior coupleRethinking the Traditional Retirement Community A California project is one of many efforts by developers to think more creatively about housing options for a demanding generation that has begun to reach retirement age. Instead of focusing on traditional Sun Belt retirement communities, builders are seeking to lure older people who want to remain active or continue to work. Pleasing retirement-age customers is crucial for developers. At a time when many housing markets remain stagnant, projects catering to older people rank as one of the hottest fields. – The New York Times

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tiny houses from a communityWelcome to “Bestie” Row: Lifelong Friends Build Row of Tiny Houses in the Middle of Nowhere Four couples who had been best friends for 20 years decided they were going to trump living in the same town. No way were they going to let the business of life keep them from enjoying that special connection that they’d grown to love. So they decided to literally create their own “Bestie Row.” They all were fans of the tiny house movement, and decided to build their own little compound based around that idea. Because when you can say, “We’re going to be grey-haired friends,” you know you’ve found a bond that can only strengthen. – LighterSide of real estate.com

Golden Girls TV Show group shotSenior Care: Golden Girl Homes – A New Lifestyle —Sequoia Senior Solutions Home Care Information Louise Machinist, a clinical psychologist, was ready to move out of her house now that her children were grown. Jean McQuillin, a case management nurse, had just moved into a rental apartment from the home she had shared with her then-husband. Karen Bush’s job as a corporate consultant required her to travel often, which meant making arrangements for her cat and fish — and returning to an empty house. For the women, buying a home to share made sense. — Mill Valley, CA Patch

image of baba jaga witchBaba Yaga House, The Sequel Named for the fiery witch of Slavic folk tales, the six-story building was set to be a women’s only seniors’ home. It was the brainchild of 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who along with a group of aging feminist activists, convinced the local Green government to spend six million dollars putting it up. The Baba Yagas – as they call themselves – fought for change all their lives and for the right to make their own decisions. Now in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, they weren’t about to give that up. – CBC Radio

Boomer Housemates Have More Fun living togetherBoomer Housemates Have More Fun Today more than 1 in every 3 baby boomers — that huge glut of people born between 1948 and 1964 — is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women. As this vast generation rushes into retirement, there’s a growing concern among experts on aging: Who will take care of all these people when they’re too old to care for themselves? It’s a question many of the experts take personally.— NPR

Bonnie Moore head shotRoommate wanted: Must be clean, courteous and over 65 Six years ago, Bonnie Moore and her husband built the kitchen of their dreams. They designed it to be bright and big enough to host dinner parties but also intimate enough to be able to pick a corner — preferably one near the windows overlooking the garden — to relax in with a glass of wine. It was the perfect addition to their home in the leafy bedroom community about half an hour outside of Washington, D.C. But things didn’t work out for the couple, and after a five-year marriage, they divorced. – PBS News Hour

Marianne KilkennyLooking for a Housemate, Not a Mate, in Later Life Ms. Kilkenny, now 64, moved to Asheville a year later with a plan to create communities like the fictional one that had captured her attention: three women in their 60s living together in a farmhouse in North Carolina. Today, not only has she succeeded in living that very life, she is also determined to help other women (and men) arrange shared housing as they grow older while avoiding some of the potential downsides of such a move.— NPR

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retirement homesHow to Choose Your Best Place to Retire The best way to decide where you should retire is to find the place that best meets your needs and circumstances, however you define them.– Next Avenue