With A Little Help From Our Friends

With A Little Help From Our Friends

Creating Community as We Grow Older

Paperback - 2014
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"This book tells the story of ordinary people organizing innovative ways to live as they approach retirement, options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors"--Provided by publisher"--
"In this book, an award-winning journalist tells the story of people devising innovative ways to live as they approach retirement, options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors. Based on visits and interviews at many communities around the country, Beth Baker weaves a rich tapestry of grassroots alternatives, some of them surprisingly affordable -- an affordable mobile home cooperative in small-town Oregon -- a senior artists colony in Los Angeles -- neighbors helping neighbors in "Villages" or "naturally occurring retirement communities" -- intentional cohousing communities -- best friends moving in together -- multigenerational families that balance togetherness and privacy -- niche communities including such diverse groups as retired postal workers, gays and lesbians, and Zen Buddhists. Drawing on new research showing the importance of social support to healthy aging and the risks associated with loneliness and isolation, the author encourages the reader to plan for a future with strong connections. Baker explores whether individuals in declining health can really stay rooted in their communities through the end of life and concludes by examining the challenge of expanding the home-care workforce and the potential of new technologies like webcams and assistive robots"--
Published: Nashville :, Vanderbilt University Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780826519887
0826519881
9780826519870
0826519873
Branch Call Number: 362.16 BAK
Characteristics: x, 240 pages ;,23 cm

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LaughingOne Aug 03, 2014

Focused on communities in the United States, this book looks at several different kinds of ways people might age in their communities. Part II describes nine ways: The Village (neighbours helping neighbours); Cohousing (creating community from the ground up); Cooperatives (living affordably); NORCs (retiring naturally); Community without Walls (weaving a web of friendship); Generations of Hope (living well by doing good); Affinity Groups (settling with your tribe); Housesharing (finding companionships with friends, or strangers); and The New Family (balancing togetherness and privacy). A couple of these were more appealing to me personally than others, but I read about all with great interest. As I’m getting older, I definitely want community around me. Some things are definitely different in Canada, but I think the ideas are worth considering here too. There are some pretty innovative ideas in this book and most are being done somewhere in the US.

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