Senior Cohousing

A New Way Forward for Active Older Adults

  • Sherry Cummings
  • Nancy P. Kropf

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 1-7
  3. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 9-16
  4. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 17-26
  5. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 27-34
  6. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 35-43
  7. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 45-53
  8. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 55-62
  9. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 63-69
  10. Sherry Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf
    Pages 71-79
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 81-82

About this book


This book presents a concise description and qualitative exploration of a new residential option for older adults: senior cohousing. It describes the practical, structural and communal aspects of senior cohousing and shares the lived experiences of actual residents. Pursuing an existential-phenomenological approach, the authors visited a selection of senior cohousing communities throughout the US and interviewed members to investigate their experiences in several regards: gathering together; developing the mission and architectural design; defining member expectations for the community; and engaging in cooperative self-management, consensus building, shared tasks and mutual activities as an ongoing way of life. 

In addition, the authors explored the benefits, challenges and surprises that community members have encountered along the way, and what these experiences have meant for their lives. Given its unique insights, the book offers a valuable resource for academics and all those working and interested in gerontology, sociology, psychology, nursing, public health, housing and the consumer sciences. It will also benefit active older adults who are considering new housing options.


Residential options for older adults Senior co-housing Older adults Baby boomers Aging Gerontology Geriatric care Housing communities OAIC Older Adult Intentional Communities

Authors and affiliations

  • Sherry Cummings
    • 1
  • Nancy P. Kropf
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Work, Perimeter CollegeGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25361-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25362-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-3231
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-324X
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